SLAB!

Industrial Metal / Metal Related • United Kingdom
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Slab! is a British industrial rock/metal band formed in 1982. They released their debut album, Descension, in 1987, which is one of the earliest examples of industrial metal. They are known for combining funk and jazz with post-punk and sludgy industrial distortion. The band broke up in 1991, after only one other album, but reformed in 2009.

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SLAB! Descension album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Descension
Industrial Metal 1987
SLAB! Sanity Allergy album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Sanity Allergy
Industrial Metal 1988

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SLAB! Revelations Chapter 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Revelations Chapter 1
Industrial Metal 2012

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SLAB! Music from the Iron Lung album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Music from the Iron Lung
Metal Related 1987
SLAB! Ship of Fools album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Ship of Fools
Industrial Metal 1991

SLAB! singles (5)

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3.50 | 1 ratings
Mars on Ice
Metal Related 1986
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4.00 | 1 ratings
Smoke Rings
Metal Related 1987
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3.50 | 1 ratings
Parallax Avenue
Metal Related 1987
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4.50 | 1 ratings
People Pie
Industrial Metal 1988
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4.00 | 1 ratings
Death's Head Soup
Industrial Metal 1989

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SLAB! Descension

Album · 1987 · Industrial Metal
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After releasing a few singles in 1986/1987, British industrial group Slab! took their sound in a much darker, sludgier, and more dissonant direction than their more upbeat singles had shown. Mind you, this was still 1987. Godflesh hadn't formed yet, and Ministry still had no metal elements in their music. I can only imagine how jarring Slab's studio album debut would have sounded to music fans back in 1987.

Slab's Descension is adorned with a simplistic blue album cover, which seems to showcase the urban legends of giant mutated reptiles coming out of the sewers to roam the streets free. This fits, as the album has a massive sound that wreaks about as much havoc that one of these giant beasts would. Descension still showcases all of the influences that their singles featured, industrial, metal, funk, jazz, and even the avant-garde, but cranks up the industrial and the metal.

The album opens right up with the misleadingly titled "Tunnel of Love", which is one of the heaviest and most dissonant tracks. The mechanical, crunching, and crashing dissonance is contrasted perfectly with an infectiously catchy beat that immediately gets the listener grooving. This song, along with "Undriven Snow" and the misanthropic "Flirt" predate Godflesh, yet sound like they could have come straight from a classic Godflesh album.

The greatest song on the album, and one of the greatest industrial tracks is easily "Dolores", which will change the way you think about funky bass playing. The main riff is infectiously catchy industrial funk, but right after the main chorus the bass remains funky and catchy as hell yet becomes so dissonant. It's impossible to not get lost in the locked in groove. Some other highlights on the album is the jazzy "Dr. Bombay", the ominous "Gutter Busting", and "Loose Connection Somewhere".

While unfortunately Slab! remains an obscure band, Descension is perhaps the very first industrial metal album. It provides somewhat of a missing link between the early material of Killing Joke and KMFDM with the primal sound of Godflesh and Ministry. For industrial metal fans, this is essential listening. Hope you found this review helpful, feel free to comment!

SLAB! Smoke Rings

Single · 1987 · Metal Related
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Before Godflesh and Ministry took the metal scene by storm in 1988/1989, there was a little obscure band by the name of Slab! who started all the way back in 1982. Before releasing their debut studio album, the band had a few singles under their belt. These singles were characterized by a unique sound that I doubt anyone would expect to exist as early as 1987.

The two songs on this single are of course the title track, and Abbasloth. The title track is a catchy as hell industrial and jazzy funk metal tune, which has some of the tastiest bass licks that will ever grace your ears. There's such a gigantic sounding beat, that you can't help but stomp your foot or bang your head. The vocal melodies are infectiously catchy, and the saxophone plays off of the funky bass perfectly to bring a jazzy swing to the song.

The second song, the instrumental Abbasloth, is the song that lays on the more avant-garde side. The saxophone has little melody here, instead just sounding like it's being tortured. While avant-garde jazz fans will eat this up, I'm not a fan. What I am a fan of though in this song, is the interesting contrast. The bass remains catchy and funky, though dissonant. Both songs include fantastic screeching and discordant guitar solos which sound straight out of the cult classic 90's Adult Swim show Space Ghost: Coast to Coast.

Slab! would make their masterpiece with their debut studio album in the same year, but this is a great single with a interesting contrast of catchiness and the avant-garde. If industrial funk metal with jazz sounds cool, check this out. Hope you found this review helpful, feel free to comment!

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