Reflections in a Rear View Mirror – Mark Slaughter is Back, with His First Solo Album!

Reflections in a Rear View Mirror is the first solo album from Slaughter vocalist Mark Slaughter.
Reflections in a Rear View Mirror is the first solo album from Slaughter vocalist Mark Slaughter.



Mark Slaughter has had one of the most interesting careers in the entertainment industry. First coming on to the scene in the mid 1980s as a singer in the Vinnie Vincent Invasion, he ascended to rock and roll fame in the early 1990s with his eponymous band, Slaughter. Even after the coming of grunge and alternative rock, Slaughter found himself busy as a voiceover artist, and doing a number of other things. Slaughter the band is still very much active and touring, but recently, our friend Mark embarked upon a new musical journey.

Reflections in a Rear View Mirror is the first solo album from Mark Slaughter. With Slaughter himself playing the majority of the instruments on the record, and with mixing and mastering work from the legendary Michael Wagener, expectations have been high on all fronts.

The whole “time to do a solo album” thing is becoming widespread amongst musicians from the same era and scene as Mark Slaughter. These solo albums from classic artists tend to be hit and miss. We have not gotten a new Slaughter album in quite some time, so this fan was eager to hear something from the group’s iconic frontman.

This fan is pleased to report that, despite initial skepticism, Reflections in a Rear View Mirror is a surprisingly good album! Here he has created a record that gives fans the best of all worlds. Many of these tracks feel like they would not be out of place on a Slaughter band album, but we get far more as well. There are hard rockers with a more modern vibe, power pop-flavored tunes that a band like Cheap Trick would be proud of, a duet with a female vocalist, and even an epic closer. Fans of Mark Slaughter are going to find a lot to enjoy here, and will find themselves pleasantly surprised by this release. Slaughter manages to diversify his musical sound and horizons without falling into that all too common pratfall of trying to copy Top 40 hits. And this fan’s hat goes off to him for that.

Reflections in a Rear View Mirror is the first solo album from Mark Slaughter, and hopefully not the last thing we hear from him in a studio setting. Give this album a listen, and you will be pleasantly surprised by all that Mr. Slaughter has to offer the audience. Strongly recommended!

By Taylor Carlson

Taylor T Carlson Assistant Editor/Senior Staff Writer Taylor T. Carlson was born August 17, 1984, and has called the Vegas Valley home his entire life. A die-hard fan of classic rock and metal music, Taylor has been writing album and concert reviews since he was 16 years old, and continues to do so, having done well over 1,000 reviews. He is also a fan of video gaming and cinema, and has reviewed a number of games and films as well, old and new alike. His thorough and honest (some would say brutally honest) reviewing style has won him the respect of hundreds of music fans and musicians alike, both local and abroad, and the ire of just as many others. Despite being one of the youngest attendees at classic hard rock/metal shows around Vegas, he is also one of the most knowledgeable, having gained the unofficial nickname of “The Eddie Trunk of Las Vegas.” In addition to reviews, Taylor has written and self-published three books on classic hard rock bands, and is a regular participant in rock and roll trivia contests. Taylor also holds a masters degree in special education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and has appeared on the hit History Channel television series Pawn Stars. His dream is to be able to one day make a living from writing music books and reviews.

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