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The Lord Weird Slough Feg - Traveller (Reissue) Award winner

The Lord Weird Slough Feg
Traveller (Reissue)
by Lior "Steinmetal" Stein at 21 March 2013, 4:16 PM

Who doesn’t like to play games? I don’t know about you but when it comes to computer games, I am all in, always updated on what is going on, looking for action and to bust a few skull or command armies into battle. You might think I am a geek, but with today’s technologies and capabilities of the current computer systems, reaching the borders of reality from within the feverish worlds of the games is just a matter of time. But this is not about me, it is about the third effort of THE LORD WEIRD SLOUGH FEG named “Traveller”, originally released back in 2003 last time in the house of Dragonheart Records. Unlike the earlier albums that seemed to be bits and pieces of various Celtic stories and ancient lore, Mike Scalzi and his merry mates (following the departure of Jon Torres and the insertion of Adrian Maestas into bass player’s vacancy), teleported into the future but basing their material on a series of Sci-Fi role playing games that have been quite popular on the late 70s. Throughout the game the players assume characters and perform space travels to various of star systems while engaging a wide collection of undertakings. Sounds cool isn’t, letting your imagination go wild there? Upon this old creation, “Traveller” was born while also continuing the band’s legacy and profound abilities to convey great stories along with playing quality Metal music.

After creating havoc with their early release, “Down Among The Deadmen”, which presented a band relying on NWOBHM but also willing to cross the line into heavier realms, not extreme of course, the emergence of “Traveller” moderately told a little different story. Other than a concept attached to it, following the main Sci-Fi theme, this album turned out to be quite a unison between the last two albums. Furthermore, THE LORD WEIRD SLOUGH FEG also presented a showcase with the best sound production, much more polished but still keeping the old school vibe, along with being probably one of the most melodic outcomes, at least to that date. Frankly, I had a bit of a rough time connecting all the dots of this concept, but I wasn’t that baffled as both the music, sharing some grandiloquent guitar rhythms, attaining some of the previous memories of late 70s Hard Rock, sweet early MAIDEN melodies, taunting soloing and one big chunk of a rhythm section that engraved my soul. In addition there was Scalzi’s singing. This time his chanting came in a close proximity to FALCONER’s lead storyteller, Matthias Blad. Scalzi really had it going on this one, bestowing a kind of a melodic edge that I haven’t heard earlier in the band’s discography.

“The Final Gambit”, a pure NWOBHM cruncher, really moving rhythm guitars, and anthem among the classics, smashing drumming, a wall of melodic harmonies that almost made me uncheck a few tears from my personal water supply. “Asteroid Belts” and “Professor's Theme”, two short intervals in the story, mostly instrumental but clearly a proof of the band’s taste for the old lines, MAIDEN can be proud that their old early 80s legacy is being preserved. The former striking with an exchange of soloing, while the latter embroidering through appealing riffing. “Vargr Theme / Confrontation (Genetic Prophesy)” is a pure epic Metal pitch while “Gene-ocide” takes the shape of the complex feature. In general, another shot through the heart from THE LORD WEIRD SLOUGH FEG, a true remnant of their legacy and another milestone in their career. Heavy Metal has never sounded so good, clear and melodic. 

4 Star Rating

1. The Spinward Marches (Intro)
2. High Passage / Low Passage
3. Asteroid Belts
4. Professor's Theme
5. Vargr Moon
6. Vargr Theme / Confrontation (Genetic Prophesy)
7. Baltech's Lament
8. Gene-ocide
9. Curse of Humaniti
10. The Final Gambit
11. The Spinward Marches (Return)
12. Addendum Galactus
Mike Scalzi – Vocals / Guitars
Adrian Maestas – Bass
John Cobbett – Guitars
Greg Haa – Drums
Record Label: Metal Blade Records


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