Drummer Mark Zonder (ex-FATES WARNING, WARLORD) has issued the following update on his SLAVIOR project:
"SLAVIOR will be going to Japan in August for a promotional tour. We are doing press, a couple acoustic shows in various record stores as well as the following full electric shows:
Aug. 23 - Dress, Tokyo
Aug. 24 - Sanctuary, Tokyo
"We are very excited to go play for our loyal dedicated Japanese following.
"Even though the other guys in the band have been to Japan before, it is the first time for for myself as it has always been the hotbed of rock and metal music. I do remember dreaming about this for many years. This is made possible by all of the hard work by our Japanese label, Dingwall. They really have gone out of their way to make this happen. As every band knows, there is no better feeling than having the support and trust of your label.
"Philip Bynoe will be playing bass with us.
"We are currently about half way through writing and recording demos for the next album. Philip is also involved with this as well and we welcome his creative input and know he will have a big impact on the SLAVIOR sound.
"Can't wait to see everyone in Japan in August.
SLAVIOR, the hard rock progressive act featuring Zonder, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP guitarist/keyboardist Wayne Findlay and ex-TRIBE OF GYPSIES singer Gregg Analla, has posted its promotional video for the song "Dove" at YouTube.com. The performance footage for the clip was filmed on January 26, 2007 at Bill's Place in North Hollywood, California.
SLAVIOR's self-titled debut album was released on April 3 via Inside Out Music.
The band had originally inked a deal with Greece's Black Lotus Records, but financial turmoil eventually caused the label to fold, leaving SLAVIOR to re-evaluate matters and come to their initial choice of labels, Inside Out.
A versatile, melodic hard rock/metal act, SLAVIOR's debut album features elements familiar to Zonder's progressive metal past, but also introduces a wide array influences including reggae, hip-hop, and modern rock.