This Monday, the 22nd of April, will see the release of Belgium rockers Steak Number Eight’s new album. Debuting at number 28 in their native Belgium’s album charts The Hutch is a hefty slab of post-rock/metal cross over which showcases the developing talents the band have been honing over tours of Europe and the U.K.
‘The Hutch’ is produced by Reinhard Vanbergen and was mixed by the very talented Matt Bayles (Harkonen, Isis, Botch, Mastodon) which means the album has a sound reminiscent of the illustrious, and sadly missed Hydra Head Records’, roster. Anybody familiar with that label’s output over the years will know that this is very much a good thing.
Musically the album is nicely balanced, sounds very powerful and is heavy yet melodic and in parts quite uplifting. Standouts include ‘Push Pull’ and ‘The Shrine’ both of which are around the seven minute mark and display the band’s post rock leanings very well. Elsewhere Pilgrimage of a Blackheart sounds like the Deftones playing Stoner rock before descending into a two minute long piano led fade out and shows that the band are not afraid to mix things up.
Overall ‘The Hutch’ is a solid effort and if you’re a fan of any of the bands on Hydra Head Records then you will find much to enjoy here. Steak Number Eight take some of their best influences from bands such as Isis, Harkonen, Kyuss, Deftones, and Killing Joke and blend them into something which, while not necessarily fresh, is nonetheless an enjoyable listen. Give these lads another few years and they have the potential to come up with something quite special. Now if only they’d change that damn name.
A solid and respectable, 7.2/10