Thursday, September 11, 2014

First Class Ticket to Slab City

Steak ~ Slab City (2014)


Steak's last EP "Corned Beef Colossus" was one of my first reviews for the blog, and my first introduction to the band. That was some cool, party worthy Stoner Rock, and their full length is more of the same. Actually traveling to the California desert to record, the birth place of that fuzz laden sound we love so much. With a staggered release over the first part of the month, just going live in North America yesterday, and everywhere else that's left today. If you already know who Steak are, then this is nothing less than what you'd expect, they're doing the Steak thing, and doing it damn well, with excellent production and seriously swinging riffs, even getting John Garcia in on a track. With that thick riff, groove assault they have thrown their "Slab City" hat the in ring to be a contender for Stoner Rock album of the year. The title track of the album pretty much sums everything up for you, an excellent representation of their sound, and one of, if not, my favorite of the entire album. After opening with some spacey sounds, it doesn't take long at all for the fuzz to drop and you're immersed in Stoner Rock goodness. The huge, commanding vocals come in just after a swinging riff that is fuzzier than a werewolf's ball-sack. The rolling drum line and rumbling bass guitar fill up the back of the mix with a colossal wall of sound to round everything out, turning the track into exactly what the title alluded to, a slab. If you are looking for an album to have a smoke session with, look no further, if you're looking for an album to turn any old party into a rager, then look no further my friends, you have made it. You can find all the necessary items to fulfill your listening needs at the Napalm Records Shop, and catch up on their back catalog at their bandcamp. One piece of Steak just isn't good enough.
~Skip

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