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The Lord Weird Slough Feg - Down Among The Deadmen (Reissue) Award winner

The Lord Weird Slough Feg
Down Among The Deadmen (Reissue)
by Lior "Steinmetal" Stein at 21 March 2013, 4:14 PM

It took Scalzi, and his altered company that back then consisted of John Cobbett of HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE on guitars and Jon Torres (ex-HEATHEN / ex-LAAZ ROCKIT) thumping the bass, nearly two years of manifest probably one of their strongest releases in their record. Furthermore, the overall engineering work on this released named “Down Among The Deadmen”, originally the band’s second album under Dragonheart Records, showcased a tremendous improvement sound wise delivering THE LORD WEIRD SLOUGH FEG’s thundering force right to the front table. While stilling clinging, rather tightly, the Celtic myths and old inspirational anecdotes, “Down Among The Deadmen” presented a heavier version of  THE LORD WEIRD SLOUGH FEG, a tougher NWOBHM band, still melodic keeping those old harmonies in check, which fairly left the thresholds of late 70s Hard Rock, barricading their arrangements with cracking traditional Metal manners. I can’t really assess the depth of the involvement of Cobbett and Torres on the proceedings of the songwriting, merely musically, but it seemed that THE LORD WEIRD SLOUGH FEG wanted a bit more than just being Folkish about it and head on shooting.

In comparison to the hazy, yet quite enjoyable “Twilight Of The Idols”, this album rocked even harder. Still without any catchy thrills, an absence that was fine by me as the band’s musical perception swept me away once again, “Down Among The Deadmen” is a bone crusher, heavy chunk of British meets old US Metal, pleasing for ears of this here lad, a possible sign of the future to come that will probably lead me to my first SLOUGH FEG review of their 2009’s “Ape Rising!”. I was glad to listen that the band, with their raising up the immensity level and in a way slightly modernizing their British directed sound, haven’t lost their touch for one of their winning chips, the old melodic licks and inflicting guitar harmonies. Along with the Folkish, yet heavy bastard, “Fergus Mac Roich”, a tale of some dude that might was a warrior that died a rather ruthless death, there others in the fishbowl that cracked my skull. “Marauder” and “Death Machine”, the latter sounding a bit wayward sound wise but it lived up to subtle, had me fooled for a minute sounding like old MANOWAR songs, war natured, those casted straightforward riffing, the latter being a speeding bullet unlike anything I have heard earlier from the FEG clan, “High Season” and the deep challenging “Psionic Illuminations”, took me back to the late 70s, of course way heavier than earlier examples. The latter made me think of PINK FLOYD and RUSH for some reason, a pretty swift song, a bit weird, but worth it.

“Down Among The Deadmen”, a true gem to come taste the band, and one of THE LORD WEIRD SLOUGH FEG’s finest vintage Metal associations. Twisting and turning in the name of old Metal is a grand quality for a band of this caliber, and I do believe that this uncut nugget paved the solid road of rock for this crew to reach the top. 

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Sky Chariots
2. Walls of Shame
3. Warriors Dawn
4. Beast in the Broch (Instrumental)
5. Heavy Metal Monk
6. Fergus Mac Roich
7. Cauldron of Blood
8. Troll Pack
9. Traders and Gunboats
10. Psionic Illuminations
11. Marauder
12. High Season
13. Death Machine
Lineup:
Mike Scalzi – Vocals / Guitars
Jon Torres – Bass
John Cobbett – Guitars
Greg Haa – Drums
Jim Mack – Bass (On “Death Machine”)
Record Label: Metal Blade Records
     


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