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SLOUGH FEG SEASONS CHANGE ALBUM REVIEW 2014

 

SLOUGH FEG - SEASONS CHANGE

METAL BLADE

FEBRUARY 18 2014

 

 

This album sounds like time stopped in the seventies before Rock had genres and music funnelled into strictly-labelled categories. As such it’s an album that just plays out and you never know what to expect next, an unexpected thrill these days.

 

Opener ‘Analogue Avengers – Bertrand Russell’s Sex Den’ is simply mad, but the sort of song that makes you wonder what the hell comes next. What comes next is the relentless drive of the title track that reminds us of the sort of power bands like Budgie used to harness back in the day. ‘Habeus Corpsus’ that follows is a sweet murder-ballad; already this is a strange yet compelling album…

 

Next up were on more stable ground: ‘Magic Hooligan’ has the bass-driven relentlessness of early Maiden, while ‘Ghastly Appendage’ has a traditional Metal rumble and folky leanings. But it’s the strength of the traditional Metal content like ‘Laser Enforcer’ that gives a certain structure and backbone to the collection and is our favourite here along with the title track.

 

The grind of ‘The Price Is Nice’ with a vocal that kind of reminds you of Dee Snider is offset by the atmospheric opening of ‘Curriculum Vitae’ a folk-infused Metal song that really shines here.

 

As a loose concept album about modern technology this works for us, but even without that thematic commonality many of the songs stand up for themselves. We love the closing pair of ‘The Luddite’ a slightly mournful offering and closer ‘Warrior’s Dusk’ a Celtic Folk Metal call to arms.

 

Packed with off-kilter and slightly sinister imagery and some solid musicianship, you’ll find yourself entranced by some wonderfully colourful songs, moments of traditional Metal familiarity juxtaposed by off the wall breakdowns and  intense strangeness – it’s an album you have to experience.  

 

 

 

by Mark Diggins

 

SLOUGH FEG SEASONS CHANGE ALBUM REVIEW 2014