Slabdragger - Regress (2011)
Slabdragger can, and will, stand toe-to-toe with Torche, YOB, Floor, Sleep and Electric Wizard. Big words for a largely unknown band from South London. But we genuinely feel that we have an undiscovered gem on our hands with Slabdragger Â? they are that good.
Two years in the making, and ridiculously fully-formed and fully-realised, Slabdragger not only sing about epic quests to Nepal to find killer weed, rubbish Roman Centurions, battling huge Octopian creatures and drinking rum, but they also feature the one and only Sam Thredder.
If ever there was a wizard whose praises were unsung Â? Sam Thredder is the man. Having played in countless bands for almost 15 years (despite being only 28) and having recorded over 100 bands (reading like a Â?whose whoÂ? of UK hardcore Â? Dead Swans, More Than Life, Last Witness, Hang The Bastard, Prowler, Throats, Dirty Money, Deal With It, Nervous Wreck, TRC, The LegacyÂ?.) Â? the man is a living legend. If ever there was a dude qualified to bring us a fucking great record, then it could well be himÂ?.
We wont lie, the band have barely played outside of London (albeit playing with Hang The Bastard, Dopefight, Astrohenge and VoidÂ?), but take a punt with Holy Roar on this oneÂ?..this band deserves to be heard across the globe.From TheDesertFest.com:
Quote:In the bandÂ?s own words Slabdragger are Â?Sam Thredder playing guitar & vocals, Yusuf Tary playing bass and yelling down the other microphone whilst Matt Byrne hits the drums with fucking baseball bats. Sludge as fuck.Â?
To be precise about matters for a second, they play very heavy sludge influenced stoner doom metal whose speedier passages belie a hardcore punk background. Back over to Slabdragger for the final word: Â?Our band interests are jamming seemingly endless riffs whilst intoxicated on a mixture of beer and marijuana.Â? And you canÂ?t say fairer than that.
Review by Contortion, from Metal Archives:
Quote:As doom and stoner metal have flourished in recent years, so have a myriad of sub-par bands that only succeed in proving that their guitarist can hold a single note for a long time and that their drummer owns a crash symbol. It's hard to pick out the expert craftsmanship of a song when after thirty seconds your brain has already wandered and you spend half of it daydreaming while looking out the window. Slabdragger absolutely refuse to let this be the case however and before you even realise it they're already pounding your ears with riffs heavier than lead and catchier than the plague.
The album opener Bab el-Mandeb sets the tone straight from the word go with Yusuf Tary's dirty, rumbling bass grinding forth a series of notes that you already know in advance will have you headbanging like a maniac as soon as the guitar drops in. Not content to let you get settled however, Sam Thredder's crushing guitar tone powers forth a new riff a minute and a half later, a chugging monstrosity of pure dirge, that, combined with the minimalist but timely drum work of Matt Byrne, cements this song as one of the greatest sludge metal tracks put to disc.
The album continues in a similar vein, throwing you back and forth between wicked riffs and catchy licks, all over-laid with screeching feedback, wretched vocals and a huge slab of distortion that's far too heavy for you to drag. This record is an expertly crafted piece of sludge metal, putting a fresh feeling into a genre that is constantly on the brink of becoming stagnant, and while it doesn't necessarily add anything wildly new, fans of classic sludge who are looking for something else to get to grips with will find it gloriously exhilarating in it's take-no-prisoners attitude to laying on the heavy.
This band is definitely one to watch!
Quote:Yusuf Tary - Bass/Vocals
Sam Thredder - Guitar/Vocals
Severin Black - DrumsTracklist:
Quote:01 - Bab el-Mandeb
02 - Erroneous Maximus
03 - Splice The Mainbrace
04 - Iron Vulture
05 - Regression
06 - Murky Fen
07 - Woe Betide
08 - Trichome Oddyssey
Tamaño: 96.47 MB