“Slab City” is the debut full length form UK stoner rock group Steak, one of 3 dam fine stoner rock records released by Napalm Records this month (see review section for Lonely Camel and The Order of Israfel reviews). Steak delivers a fuzzed out dusty desert style of stoner rock with some spacey elements thrown in for good measure, let’s call it Interstellar dust rock. In all seriousness “Slab City” is dam a good stoner rock album.
If you are a fan of Kyuss , Steaks’ latest release will appeal to you. The album even features a guest appearance by former Kyuss and current Vista Chino vocalist John Garcia on the track “Pisser”. Don’t get me wrong Steak are not a Kyuss clone at all but the influence can definitely be heard. There is also a Monster Magnet vibe to some sections as well, none of these are bad things but it will give you a sense of where “Slab City” is coming from.
The production on “Slab City” is solid, dirty enough to add character but also the instruments are given space to breathe. I love the guitar tone, huge and fuzzy. The stand out track for me is the 8 minute epic “Rising” it showcases the best elements of the band, great groovy riffs with a powerful vocal delivery.
Steaks’ “Slab City” is a great debut. If you are a stoner rock fan you fill find many things to enjoy about this record. Sit back, turn up the volume and let the groups spacey stoner rock grooves take you away.