Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’re probably aware that Steak Number Eight have changed their name to Stake.
After four CD’s, the band members felt things had come full circle. Steak Number Eight was the name of the first track on an album released by Brent Vanneste’s brother and after his untimely demise it was becoming harder and harder to answer questions on the subject. Belgium’s most famous sludge/post metal band sold out the country’s biggest venues, performed at all of the leading European festivals and shared the stage with the likes of Mastodon, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Deftones, Prong and Alice Cooper. The name change was announced in 2018 and a three-song EP foreshadowed the release of the ‘new’ outfit’s first full-length effort, ‘Critical Method’. Starting from scratch has undeniably opened up new avenues of creativity and inspiration, with shorter and more straightforward tracks and a nostalgic 90s touch. There’s also some Mastodon in there and ‘Human Throne’ sounds simultaneously fragile and gripping, especially in the live version recorded at AB with just Brent and his piano. It’s time to renew the acquaintance: they’re still exorcising their demons and it’s the same talent but in a somewhat different packaging.