Slammer: Insanity Addicts
Thrashbound Magazine October 1990
Written By Pinhead Cenobite
“First up is the title track and first impressions are one of a classic H.M. feel but moving to a steady pace with excellent double bass work from Andy Gagic, reminding me of Sacred Reich on their last LP. Good strong riffs build towards a brilliant hooky chorus. Paul Tuncliffe’s vocals/lyrics are powerful and performed with a certain amount of class and finesse. There’s a good solo but for me could have been a bit longer. An excellent song all the same.
The second track is “Bring The Hammer Down.” Again, they remind me of Sacred Reich, but they move into that classic H.M. mode once again. There is some great hook in this song, guitar work again is faultless from Enxo Anneccini and Milo Zivanovic who seem to work really well together. There’s a nice atmospheric lead break with some great delay, simple but very effective, but perhaps if I had one slight qualm it would be the overall lack of lead work but that does not detract from how good the songs are.
Third up is “Maniac”. And it is probably my favourite. Although the whole EP shreds for me totally. What I like about it is the way they have paid great attention to installing great hooks into the choruses. There’s some nice backing vocals on this song and again vocals/lyrics are first class.
Last up is “I.O.U.” and I think I’ve changed my mind. This is probably my favourite, no “Maniac,” no “Insanity Addicts,” or maybe…
Anyway, after recent setbacks, Slammer have managed to lift their heads up high and come up trumps with a great EP. They’ve surprised me and will surprise one or two more, I eagerly await the new album. You’ve got to buy this one coz it rules.”
“For probably the first time in their sheltered lives, Slammer have really got their backs to the wall. Bassist-less after the departure of Russell Burton, and unceremoniously dumped by WEA (a deal many felt Slammer hadn’t “earned” in the first place) after debut album “The Work Of Idle Hands,” failed to go multi-platinum, there’s probably more than a few who are hoping the “Insanity Addicts,” EP will fall flat on it’s face.
However, “Insanity Addicts,”- or at least three of it’s four tracks- is better than anything the Bradford mob have produced thus far. The hooks are still as potent as “Hunt You Down,” or “Johnny’s Home,” but this time the riff frenzy and Gung Ho! mayhem have been supplanted by a welcome maturity and roundness of composition that’s the difference between “Kill ‘Em All,” and “Justice For All,” or “War And Pain,” and “Nothingface.”
“Hammer Down,” (kinda like some of Mortal Sin’s less straightforward material, complete with some neat harmony guitar), “IOU” (twisted riffing with traces of VoiVod’s stark brutality just when the song needed it), and the title cut (powerful as fuck and still very reminiscent of latter-day Metallica) are little shot of awesome.
Indeed, were it not for “Maniac,” just failing to hit that target, “Insanity Addicts,” would have been Slammer’s five-K comeback.”
Metal Hammer Magazine Date Unknown
Written By Mark Day
“Ditched from a major label deal which turned out to be more bother than it was worth, Slammer go back to square one and hope for the best.
Like everyone else these days they’re writing more off the wall riffs (Faith No More have a lot to answer for…) and for Slammer this means leaning in the direction of a less technical Megadeth, though vocally we’re still in Testament territory.
The low budget production could do with some polish (Harris did a much better job on Acid Reign’s overlook and excellent “Obnoxious”), and for three out four tracks they’re treading water a little.
“Bring The Hammer Down,” isn’t half as bad as the title suggests, but only “I.O.U.” really got my ears twitching- if they can pursue that sort of stuff the album should be a better place to cast judgement upon their career salvaging exercise.”
Metal Forces Magazine Date Unknown
Written By Rob Clymo
“Slammer, currently minus a bassist since the departure of Russ Burton, prove that they may well have been down but they’re sure as hell not out.
This four tracker kicks in with the rather good title cut, “Insanity Addicts,” and so what if there’s a fairly strong whiff of Metallica in evidence, it’s good stuff. It’s easy to forgive ’em y’see because the tune is much more memorable than previous Slammer output. No doubt about it.
Likewise, “Bring The Hammer Down,” also captures the band in a particularly good light, although on the downside of things “Maniac,” drags more than it should. Closer “I.O.U.” gets them back on the right track though in a very belligerent manner indeed.
What can I say? Keep it up lads.”