Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Initial Impressions: Slough Feg: Ape Uprising!

I don't really remember when it was that this band shortened their name from the ridiculous The Lord Weird Slough Feg, but I'm kind of glad they did. That got to be a little difficult to say all the time. Anyway, it's just Slough Feg now, which I still don't know how to properly pronounce.

Slough Feg is part of the amazing metal scene in San Francisco that has had a retro feel and sound to their music. They have remained largely underground despite being together for more than 20 years.

The band's sound is rooted in 1970's era metal and hard rock bands such as Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Judas Priest, and Thin Lizzy. The Thin Lizzy influence is probably the most obvious. The band often uses Celtic rhythms for the guitar riffs. Uncharacteristically, the band kicks off this album with slow song before diving back into the galloping guitar riffs and blazing leads the band is known for. Mike Scalzi sounds as good as ever on the mic. If anything, this album is a little bit more raw than the highly polished Hardworlder released last time out.

Slough Feg has done it again. They have put together yet another good time metal album. Excellent drinking metal.

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