Saturday 4 May 2024

Slump - Dust (EP Review)

Release Date: May 03rd 2024. Record Label: Self Released. Formats: DD

Dust - Tracklisting

1.Dust 03:19

2.Buried 04:02

3.Kneel 07:16

4.Vultures 06:02

Band Members

Drums - Kabu

Bass - Olly

Guitar, Vocals - Matt


Sludge/Stoner Rockers Slump impressed me last year with their split release “SP/LIT” with fellow UK Doom/Sludge Metallers At War With The Sun. Two of the tracks Dust and Buried from that acclaimed release now feature on this new EP along with two unreleased tracks Kneel and Vultures. This is the last release to feature original bassist Olly Lawrence who has been replaced by new member Ben Myles.

Dust is a twenty minute offering showcasing Slump’s brash and aggressive style of Sludge/Stoner Rock with a Punk Rock swagger. Echoes of Red Fang energy appear within the two opening tracks Bust and Buried especially within the faster moments of the both tracks. The sound is quite raw with a no frills production style which allows Slump to have a more “dirge” edge to their music. 

Dust does allow Slump to pay homage to their musical heroes and influences to bands such as Alice In Chains, DOWN, Corrosion Of Conformity, Black Sabbath and even Mastodon in places. The FUZZY guitars allow Slump to get DOWN and DIRTY with the excellent grooves and psychedelic energy that appear mostly within Buried and Kneel.

Matt’s vocals have a certain 1990’s sound and energy to them which lean heavily into the Punk Rock scene whilst still being part of the WEEDIAN scene. Though, his vocals become heavier, aggressive and quite deafening on the second half of the EP.

The tracks Kneel and Vultures are being heard for the first time and I’m impressed yet again by what I hear from Slump. The songs are very much of the Grunge/Stoner hybrid sound that’s starting to appear more and more within the scene. This allows Slump to become more DOOM and HEAVY METAL obsessed as well with the sublime guitar solos that appear within Kneel alone.

Dust is another fantastic release from Slump who are on the right track of becoming more well known within the UK scene. Within a few years then I could see Slump doing great things within the UK and European Sludge/Stoner Rock scenes. 

Check these guys out now. 

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to DC Sound Attack for the promo


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