Slab - Betray The Past..Infect The Future
Having just reviewed them live, and off to see them again tonight, thought
it might be an idea to get round to playing the CD.
Like this album a lot. Loads of different styles and influences are brought
together stylishly. One of the best albums I have heard for ages, simple
as that. The wife rates it highly too, which is unusual as her tastes
(musically!) are nowhere near as extreme as mine. If musical ability and
song writing prowess alone sold albums this would be up near the top of
the pile for a long time. Equally good live too. This album will feature
prominently on my playlist for a while I think!!
- Vi Vi Vi starts things off, a short industrial
- Chaos Bastard. Bass intro unleashes into the main
riff via a blood curdling scream. This riff is an absolute classic
and propels the song along in blistering fashion. Loads of tempo changes
and great dynamics throughout, brutal yet also intricately layered.
Vocals are suitably angry but also (relatively) understandable, musicianship
is flawless. Production is clear too. Awesome start.
- Facebreak. Quiet opening with great bass sound.
Builds steadily throughout opening vocal section with an underlying
feeling of menace and impending carnage. Doesn't disappoint; the chorus
unleashes ferociously. Tempo changes galore follow in a superbly structured
and delicately handled track. Sounds very raw, engineers have really
earned their keep on this one.
- Bury My Dog. Think this band like understated openings!
Reminded me of the Sisters Of Mercy initially before the main riff
explodes savagely.After a bass led refrain there are tempo changes
galore, all dealt with subtly. The drum patterns seem to be constantly
changing as the emphasis switches from bass to guitar and back again.
Closest I can get to summing up the overall feel of this one is hardcore
meets Led Zeppelin with screamed vocals!
- Yi ZI Er Shi. Slower track in general, again has
a Sisters Of Mercy feel. Can't add much to what I've said on previous
tracks. Great dynamics, very complex structure is performed effortlessly.
Draws influences from many different styles and fuses them exceptionally
well; another quality track.
- Cogumelo Blue. Very laid back opening reminiscent
of The Cure. Another superb blend of delicacy and brutality thereafter.
- Vines. Quicker track from the off with immense
opening riff. My favourite track of the album so far (that's saying
something as Chaos Bastard is an absolute belter) lots of ideas are
again fused skillfully. There are more riffs on this track alone than
some bands manage in a career.
- Conspiracy. Another understated opening leads into
a Zeppelin-feel killer riff. A quieter, delicate section follows with
spoken vocals before the onslaught continues once more. Feedback outro
works well. Stylish track.
- Devilwalk. First true riff is almost monolithic
doom, very stripped down. Then the complexity kicks in once more.
Minimalist/industrial closing section concludes a superb song, again
a strong contender for track of the album.
- Extinction Forums. Not much to add to previous
comments. Strange choice for an album closer as I found it probably
the weakest track of the bunch. Then the closing section kicks in!
Incredible complexity once more. Outro doesn't work for me, but this
is probably one of the few negatives I can think of of the album in