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Slip


5.0
classic

Review

by FreshCoffee USER (1 Reviews)
February 10th, 2007 | 14 replies | 3,873 views


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If you enjoy more recent post-hardcore albums such as [i]Relationship Of Command or Full Collapse, this classic album is definitely worth listening to. It will become a new favorite, and at the very least will give a glimpse as to how the genr

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A few tracks into Slip, it's easy to see why the album is considered a classic of the hardcore/post-hardcore genres, and by some (myself included) one of the best albums of the 1990s. Even the most untrained ear should be able to pick up the similarities between this and albums released by later bands such as Thursday, At The Drive-In, and Hot Water Music. For example, listen to "Dine Alone" and then "Paris In Flames" by Thursday. It's definitely an influential album, deserving of classic status for its impact on rock music if not for the fact that it's just a damn good piece of music.

The music on this record is never over-the-top; each riff is rhythmic and flowing, fairly technical but not overly so. It's played with a confident flow, with the bass, guitars, vocals, and drums all locking together cohesively into a deadly groove. It's hard to pick out an example because the album almost always carries this "groove" from start to finish. The rhythms are constantly shifting, but it never feels awkward or forced. Everything is straightforward, kicking ass and taking no prisoners.

One of the simplest but most engaging qualities of the music are Walter Schreifels' vocals, which are similar to Ian MacKaye in delivery, but more melodic and possessing a more rhythmic quality. The former singer for Gorilla Biscuits, he would go on to sing in the short-lived but adored project Rival Schools. His passionate yelling/singing serves well to bring out the aggression and fury of the music. In fact, this album as a whole resembles a more melodic, dense version of Fugazi or early Tool.

A good example would be the ending of "Unfulfilled", where he keeps a steady 4/4 rhythm, barking out each syllable "TIME- TO- REACH- OUT- FOR- WHAT'S- REAL!" as the bass cuts out and the guitars play an engaging breakdown. "Omission" also showcases the rhythmic vocals, which are somehow even more infectious than the heavy metal riff they flow over.

As far as songs go, there are none on this album that ever beg to be skipped, aside from maybe the lackluster but still passable "Can Opener", or the instrumental "Baphomet", which grows thin after repeated listenings. Some grab the listener immediately with their crushing riffs, such as "Dine Alone" and "Omission". Others are highly melodic while still retaining a harsh edge, such as "Too Official" or "Lie And Wait". At the same time, none of the songs ever really sound alike, something that can not be said of more popular peers Fugazi and Helmet. While the feel is the same, each track stands out easily on its own, with memorable hooks and riffs that instantly set them apart from the others. The album still feels incredibly cohesive though, with the songs all working together as a whole despite the fact that they all stand on their own.

Definitely worth buying if you can find it, and if you can't, it's definitely worth downloading to at least check out.

Recommended Songs:
Dine Alone
Unfulfilled
Lie And Wait
Too Official
Omission
-anything off the album really-


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FreshCoffee
February 10th 2007



22 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is my first review, and i just noticed some things i did wrong (paragraphs, etc). Not exactly sure how to edit it, or if I even can.

morrissey
Moderator
February 10th 2007



1688 Comments


you can edit it via your profile>edit reviews, or this link:
http://www.sputnikmusic.com/editreviews.php

I'll fix it up for you but that's how you can fix it further or other reviews in future.

Nice stuff here.

Abaddon2005
February 10th 2007



684 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0


Nice review, this is good stuff, probably had some influence on Tool. Also, this was released in 1993, not 2003. If I remember correctly, you can't edit that yourself though.

BringHomeTheBacon
February 10th 2007



248 Comments


Cool, I like what I've heard from this album. I'll definitely look out for this.

davybum69
February 10th 2007



161 Comments


I lissened to this last night. Good review its about time someone reviewed this. These guys are amazing, I wish they would get back together. Definatly a classic and a very influential album.This Message Edited On 02.10.07

Bukowski
February 10th 2007



45 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This band/album owns.

StrizzMatik
February 10th 2007



3158 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Suuuuuuuuuuuuch an awesome band and album! This band is hella influential, esp. on the East Coast. Tool most definitely took some notes from these dudes. Get this and Manic Compression, which is not quite as good but no less awesome.

Infrared91
February 24th 2007



19 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Not only was your eview awesome! But the fact that you finally reviewed such an awesome band is BRAVO enough!

FourthReich
December 9th 2013



15303 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

head to wall is THE jam

PunchforPunch
December 9th 2013



5291 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nip slip

Digging: Vril - Torus

Minus.
December 9th 2013



2666 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Have always enjoyed this album

FourthReich
December 17th 2013



15303 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

seven tries head to walllll

Brabiz
April 5th 2014



83 Comments


Reminds me so much of Undertow-era Tool. But way better.

ExcentrifugalForz
April 5th 2014



1084 Comments


They turn the bass up so high when they play live you can feel the air vibrate.



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