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Austin, Texas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | SELF

Austin, Texas, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2010
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"Slurr - "The Plains EP" (CD/EP)"

Beards are in abundance in Austin, Texas. The bald head, big belly, long beard look is about as common in the Lone Star State capital as traffic jams. Short on top and long in the front is a type of modern, reverse mullet. This look is firmly embedded in many of the town’s bands and the acts that inspire them, so much that if you see a bunch of dudes on stage sporting this look, they probably share a similar sound.

Newcomers Slurr possess this look and this sound. On their debut recording, “The Plains EP,” Slurr combines the muscle of Mastodon, the melodic groove of Clutch and the hard rocking swagger of hometown heroes The Sword. Whether the facial hair enhanced their playing is questionable, but the group wears it well. Vocalist/guitarist Ben Jansen sports the look, as does producer and mixer Chuck Loesch, whose glorious beard may lead to feelings of inadequacy for other males around town (it’s not the size…). Loesch is a prominent figure in the area metal scene, operating and disc-jockeying radio station 101X’s metal program “No Control Radio.” Loesch’s mix shows each instrument receiving an equal treating.

Drums and guitar move succinctly on this four-song EP. The twin guitar tandem of Jansen and Mark Milot creates a full-bodied sound. The two initiate “Binary Fission” with galloping, hammer-on string play, which drummer Brian Reed cohesively follows, including the hard breaks. Asphalt-laden, steam-rolling riffing animates “Ceding Proteus,” while lighter, hanging notes provide a brief change-up reminiscent of The Sword’s arrangements. “Puke Party Cowboy” shows a greater reliance on these melodious, hanging chords. No automatic shifting here; it’s all Clutch. These mentioned parts mostly construct a heavy bridge to vocal passages and chorus lines. In the case of “Puke Party Cowboy,” the group provides an instrumental glimpse into the vocal hook.

“The Plains EP” is mostly a pleasant listen. The album sounds great, is tight, and has plenty of memorable rhythms. Jansen possesses a catchy cadence in his vocal delivery. He’s a bit gruff, but still maintains a sense of harmony. However, Jansen’s vocals are the album’s weakest link. Even though he takes a singing approach (no growling here), his words are often hard to understand. If we look at the band’s career in terms of beard length, Slurr is only in the goatee stage. Expect full facial hair on their next recording. - Metal Underground

"REVIEW: Destroyer of Light, Bearded Ox, Beneath Oblivion, Slurr, Curse the Heavens, S.L.U.G. @ Metal and Lace, Austin TX 8/23/13"

The stylistic odd-man-out of the night’s bill, the southern-rocking Slurr briefly lifted the audience from a doomy, sludgy haze and brought soulful solos and a rough style of singing to the patio. Although I am an extreme metalhead by nature, I can appreciate well-played southern rock and metal (as a native Texan, I was raised on my share of ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd albums), and Slurr’s set was certainly appealing to the part of my brain that recalls putting those classic rock LPs on my turntable as a youth. The previously-mentioned guitar solos were contributed by both players in the band, trading bluesy pentatonic licks while Slurr’s tight rhythm section maintained the solid groove. For a more contemporary example, one could compare many parts of Slurr’s style to Clutch, especially the bluesier riffs and catchy leads. The song “Crystal Rises” was introduced as a song about crystal meth (for those of you keeping score at home, that brings us to two songs about meth in two reviews), and several songs featured start-and-stop guitar parts that allowed the whiskey-soaked vocal melodies to stand out. If your taste caters to bands like Molly Hatchet, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Corrosion of Conformity (the Pepper years), Slurr is a band you should check out. As a side note, the band was kind enough to give me a free CD of their EP and a shot glass (although I don’t personally drink, I have a friend who does and was thankful that I passed the shot glass on to him) when they noticed me standing around, so I would like to use this space to say that I appreciate the gifts. - Southern Decay Metal


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