SLAUGHTER vocalist Mark Slaughter has released the official music video for the title track of his sophomore solo album, “Halfway There”. Issued in May worldwide via EMP Label Group, the U.S.-based label of MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson, the follow-up to 2015’s independently released “Reflections In A Rear View Mirror” is a stunning return to form for Slaughter, channeling the familiar hard rock sensibility of classic-era SLAUGHTER releases like “Stick It To Ya” and “The Wild Life” on “Hey You” and emotionally charged title track, “Halfway There”, with a mature, progressive, metal bent, evidenced on cuts like “Devoted”, “Conspiracy” and “Reckless”.
Produced and co-mixed by Slaughter with John Cranfield (AFI, Andy Grammer), with art by famed horror/album artist “Mister” Sam Shearon (ROB ZOMBIE, IRON MAIDEN, KISS, Clive Barker), “Halfway There” is described in a press release as “a blistering showcase of Slaughter‘s seemingly never-ending vocal abilities” and “a glowing testament to his perpetually underserved prowess as a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, handling all production, engineering, songwriting, arrangements, guitar, and the bulk of the album’s instrumentation himself.”
Slaughter said: “My first solo record was kinda getting back on the horse, so to speak. I mean doing everything and recording… I’m taking on a lot more tasks as an engineer/producer/ writer on all this… because I’m doing everything.
“Ultimately, at the end of the day, anybody who is a SLAUGHTER fan will certainly understand that I am a large part of the SLAUGHTER sound and vibe, so, obviously, if you like that, it’s in there. It’s just that I take a lot more liberties on the solo side that I probably wouldn’t do when it’s a group effort.”
He added: “The record is basically… I spend a lot of time writing songs and things just grow out of me.. I’ll be woken up in the middle of the night from nowhere and the song’s just in my head and I just exorcize the demons and there you have it. I guess what it is is an artist makes art. And I’ve really come to the fact that since we haven’t made a SLAUGHTER record in so long, it’s one of those things that I still have to make the art. That’s what I do. That’s what I love to do, and that’s what I’ll continue to do.”