EP REVIEW: Slump – Nothing More
It’s with an echoe-y guitar sound that Nothing More, the debut release from UK-based stoner-doom quartet Slump, kicks off. The first thing to note is that the band are masterful in their use of space and restraint, leaving the introduction sparse and tantalising.
As soon as the vocals kick in, the song is filled out with throbbing bass and a huge riff, led by frontman Matt Noble. His voice is strong and consistent, carrying with it an onslaught of emotion as he sings about the passing of his friend. “Heard the news today my old friend passed through the void,” is the heart-breaking opening line of this release.
There’s a live feeling to this recording, the sound breathes as the song swells, with nods to Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats in Slump’s use of harmony; and of course, the almighty Black Sabbath are paid homage to.
The subject matter could be considered downbeat, but the song is ultimately uplifting in its lyrics, as Noble swears to live his life to the fullest, in the knowledge that it will, one day, end. The band makes use of a tempo change at the end of the track, something which bridges the gap between A-side and B-side, and prevents the song from feeling too downcast.
B-side Degenerate is a more upbeat and energetic track which still remains true to Slump’s stoner roots. Noble’s vocals are once again killer, and the song is home to not one but two guitar solos, elevating the energy of the track once again. The chorus is anthemic and the song as a whole is in complete contrast to the A-side, proving that Slump really can do it all.
A very promising start from this new band on the scene. Keep your eyes peeled for more.
For Fans Of: Black Sabbath, Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, Witchcraft
Written by: Rosie Solomon