Friday, 2 December 2011
Review: Steak Number Eight - All is Chaos
However everything musically manages to add up to make this atmosphere of bleakness come into full shape. Be it in the sludgy riffs from Cis Deman on Black Fall, or the bass slapping on Stargazing from Jesse Surmont, these elements in their heaviness and down-tuning give the music the atmosphere of doom and terror the artist were clearly looking for.
There are moments when this is not the case. The more straightforward The Calling has the qualities of Queens of the Stone Age meeting Crime in Stereo and just rocking out without any care of anyone else around them whilst Track Into the Sky takes things down a more uplifting path with it's heavy dream pop effect with an extra shoegaze influence which actually remains fairly mellow but grows heavier in a very subtle manner.
Lyrically, there is an issue that many critics are picking up on regarding the lyrics to Dickhead which are as graceful and subtle as the title itself. ("But now you can suck my fucking cock/ you dickless motherfucker/ You can suck my dick if you don't like my shit.") It's hard to tell what the group were thinking there because the rest of the lyrics actually reveal a sense of vulnerability and extra bleakness within the group such as "Talking inside my head/ Tonight marry my death/ Vultures swarming within my mind/ Losing time." and "Sometimes I have to escape from it all/ And I know there's only one way and it's through you/ I would have followed you/ But I still walk in your tracks in the sky."
The overall impression of this album is that despite the average age of Steak Number Eight being eighteen, the group sound a lot more mature than any other rising acts at the moment. They have a pure devotion to their music and the creating metal with a more artistic and gripping-you-by-the-throat quality about it and they're a bind who pretty much revel in doom and bleakness. So, if you're looking for an album filled with hatred, a state of emotional instability and impending doom with a more youthful and energetic edge, this is the album I would recommend. The music on this album is music that has been all the way to the depths of oblivion and back. All the music is... chaos.
Steak Number Eight's All is Chaos is out now via PIAS.