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Great collection of early tracks - 94%

ReverendMediocre, May 13th, 2003

This was the first album, woefully circulated as demo tapes in the underground circle in the early-mid ninties. Most people who are currently into Slough Feg (all three of us) haven't had much access to their first album as it was simply damn near impossible to find outside of foreign auction sites and even then it went for way more then a single CD was worth. But the recent vinyl re-release by The Miskatonic Foundation who also released their third album Down Among The Deadmen on vinyl. The vinyl version (all REAL music comes on vinyl) comes with a whole extra disc with previously unheard demo tracks with beautiful packaging. Easily the best packaging of any Slough Feg release thus far, even if it is a bit self-aggrandizing with many, many pictures romanticizing the band. But the band can't be held at fault for this as I'm sure they didn't design the gatefold. But onto the music.

The music can best be described as Slough Feg Version 1.0. This is a band who has been around for many, many years but never really has busted out of bay area clubs and the occasional European tour. For the uninitiated this band has a completly unique sound largely due in part to the incredible tenor voice of singer Mike Scalzi. Who I can only describe as Garm if he sang power metal. And those words do him no justice. The music sounds like the epic metal stylings of Manilla Road or Solstice combined with good amounts of Maiden in the guitar works, and most everything they do has a bit of a celtic feel. Although this is probably unintentional it usually gets them labeled as a celtic band. This album is the early works of this band and thusly has some rough edges to it and some moments it sounds more like punk then metal but it also has it's absolutly classic moments such as the epic-irish-jig "The Red Branch" and the strange closing to their epic work "High Season". The first part of which appears on their third album, the second part on their second album, and parts three and four on their first album.

If you are a fan of gritty metal with a superior epic feel to it, and you have a special appreciation for lower vocals not typically found in power metal (and these guys in my opinion are power metal) then The Lord Weird Slough Feg should never be passed up.