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1. A glam rock band from the United States popular in the 1980’s
2. A thrash/death metal band from Canada
3. A heavy metal band from France

1) Slaughter first formed in Las Vegas, NV. at the height of glam metal’s dominance over MTV and rock radio. Achieving popularity at the tail end of the movement, Slaughter’s day in the spotlight proved to be bright but fickle and brief. They have, however, continued to record and tour.

The band formed in 1988 with Mark Slaughter on vocals, Dana Strum as bassist, Tim Kelly on guitars and Blas Elias on drums. Mark Slaughter and Dana Strum had previously played together in Vinnie Vincent Invasion. Their debut album Stick It To Ya saw 3 songs hit the Billboard Hot 100: “Fly To the Angels (#19)”, “Up All Night (#27)”, and “Spend My Life (#39)”.

Unlike many of the bands from the era who were suddenly phased out in the wake of the alternative movement, Slaughter remained intact and continued to produce new records. In 1992, the released their second album, titled The Wild Life. It had the Billboard Hot 100 hit “Real Love (#69)” and was certified platinum.

The band planned to dedicate themselves to their next album. However, in 1993 guitarist Tim Kelly was arrested for charges of drug trafficking, while bassist Dana Strum had a motorcycle accident that injured his playing hand. This delayed the recording of the album, but they kept working on it while Kelly was meeting with attorneys and Strum was rehabilitating. They finished the recording on February 1994 when Strum was completely rehabilitated.


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  • nospr

    If there's a Glam band and a Death/Thrash band with the same name... you already know which one is the true band here.

    4 May 7:57pm Reply
  • Rui_Casola

    ...and once again... Canadian Slaughter is the best Slaughter !

    28 Apr 8:20am Reply
  • Recueillement

    Canadian Slaughter or fuck off!

    19 Apr 1:04am Reply
  • Cyrynek

    I like both. But canadian is better in every way.

    18 Feb 8:08am Reply
  • treeweavermetal

    The new double LP re-issue of Strappado that High Roller Records put out is highly reccomended, the rough mix from 1986 sounds fuckin' awesome.

    17 Nov 2014 Reply
  • dark_wisdom

    Strappado is a fucking masterpiece.

    12 Nov 2014 Reply
  • AnaalForsage

    People still listen to glam?

    30 Oct 2014 Reply
  • jasiek10212

    Canadian Slaughter is only real ! Fuck glam sLAUGHTER

    22 Oct 2014 Reply
  • treeweavermetal

    Nothing is as perfect as Strappado...

    11 Oct 2014 Reply
  • metalkillthekin

    i love the American Slaughter and Canadian Slaughter :)

    30 Sep 2014 Reply
  • metalkillthekin

    great bands :)

    30 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Supanitsky

    Mark Slaughter, nyaa!♥

    29 Sep 2014 Reply
  • suntzutang

    I'm perfectly content with having only the Canadian Slaughter in my life

    10 Sep 2014 Reply
  • DunkeIheit

    Make way for canadian Slaughter.

    14 Aug 2014 Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    That's right, all of the top pics of Slaughter are the Slaughter who deserves the band name. I will give Vegas Slaughter a chance one day, but I have a gut feeling I will not enjoy them as much as the Slaughter I know and love. Canadian Slaughter all the way! :D

    14 Aug 2014 Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    The Canadian death/thrash metal Slaughter actually predates the hard rock Slaughter and technically the real Slaughter is the Canadian death/thrash band. Sorry. I have nothing against the "glam" Slaughter. They're actually pretty good, I find the death/thrash metal one to be way better. They sound more aggressive and they do slaughter and they would slaughter if their music was capable of hurting someone physically. They would be slaughtered. Trust me on this one, Vegas Slaughter fans. LOL! Canadian Slaughter deserve the name more. Perhaps Slaughter from Las Vegas, Nevada should have called themselves Vegas Slaughter. They sound way too weak to have the name Slaughter, I do know they're named after the guitarist Mark Slaughter. To anyone who is able to edit the biography, please list the Canadian Slaughter first, because they predate the Vegas Slaughter, Canadian Slaughter fans have more tenacity/passion/awesomeness than the Vegas Slaughter. Canadian Slaughter rocks, dude!!!

    14 Aug 2014 Reply
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    31 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Soundinyourhead

    I don't care which Slaughter is better, just help me :D Can't find this song: Write me if you know it, please

    18 Jul 2014 Reply
  • acidfordinner

    Canadian Slaughter is everything I want out of metal. Campy gore, Celtic Frost riffage, punk influence, sloppy musicianship, rough vocals, chainsaw guitar tone... They're perfect.

    11 Jul 2014 Reply
  • orange_90

    American Slaughter is the BEST Slaughter [8] !!!!!!

    27 Jun 2014 Reply
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