‘Slab City’ was a big hit over here at CackBlabbath when it came out and we were lucky enough to see Steak on the John Garcia tour too around that time. So we were well into our Steak a couple of years back. Things have been a bit quiet of late as far as we’re aware, so it was a pleasant surprise to find this latest offering in our inbox last week.
Ripple Music have snapped these boys up and added them to their already bulging roster and Steak are back with ‘No God To Save’.
Let’s try and do this without dropping any beef puns on you…
Things get underway with ‘Overthrow’ and well, things immediately sound very BIG. Rollicking riffs and towering vocals with a little meandering section in the middle (before they come back louder); it’s a great opening track to get us started. ‘Coke Dick’ brings along some big drawn out riffs before diving head-first into another rip-snorter of a track.
It’s an up-tempo start before ‘Clones’ takes thing down a notch. A little more subdued and dark, Steak have gone down the classic Iron Maiden approach… hitting you with some catchy numbers before the more expansive and less instant tracks come along. ‘King Lizard’ takes things in a more atmospheric direction as Steak conjure up plenty of variation in their craft.
We’re a sucker for a straight-ahead rocker however, and ‘Living Like a Rat’ sees the band returning to full stomp with some speedy jagged riffing.
It’s the balance of this album that really sets it up as a classy piece of work. If Steak had of turned up with ten tracks of mindless riffing and party lyrics about drinking beer, we would have probably liked it. There’s a lot more depth to this one however and that will allow it to stay around on the CackBlabbath stereo for much longer.
‘Ebb’ brings things to a close with some instrumental melancholy which bookend the album effectively and makes it all seem more like a journey than a collection of tracks. You can almost see the end credits going up the screen as Steak sail off into the sunset.
So Steak are certainly not one-trick ponies. For every walloping rocker like ‘Coke Dick’ you have a mammoth trudge through the likes of ‘Rough House’ or ‘Mountain’. ‘No God To Save’ is perhaps a shade darker than it’s predecessor but the likes of ‘Wickerman’ still have a dusting of laid-back desert tones.
Doom and stoner music has rarely been healthier than right now in the UK. Steak are small but important component in these riches, but they have the potential to go on and be leaders of our little scene. We can’t wait to see these guys out on the road again armed with these new tracks.