Lord Weird Slough Feg - Traveller

12 songs
44:19 minutes
***** ****


The Lord Weird Slough Feg are back. This band with the really long name released already some albums, the last one already three years back, so I can't remember it too much apart from the fact I really liked it. The new album Traveller first of all strikes with a great cover artwork of a heavily armed space dog carrying a high calibre weapon. If you're not into science fiction, you will think this is highly clichés (and it probably is), but I feel instantly reminded of space operas from the likes of Larry Niven, although with him it were space felines and not dogs.

Traveller is a concept album, with a science fiction story behind it. This stirs up parallels to Voivod, but Slough Feg sound entirely different. They prefer to describe their music as heavy metal, but if we want to be a bit more precise, we can see it as American styled power metal somewhere between Cirith Ungol and very early Fates Warning. What makes Slough Feg different from the typical power metal band (apart from the really weird band name) is the short running time of the songs. The album gets its 12 tracks in under 45 minutes, which may not be a very long running time, but then the songs are played very straight to the point, with no futile playfulness. It's one of those album you put into your CD player and instantly start to like, even if you wouldn't listen to modern day retro metal anymore.

Slough Feg is one of the rare bands that transcend the truthfulness of Eighties metal into the new millennium, probably because they don't even intend it in the first place. If you only want to buy a couple of good metal albums this year, be sure to put Traveller on your list.

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