Slough Feg - Ape Uprising!
2009 Cruz Del Sur
Ray Van Horn, Jr.
Either Slough Feg is going to be considered the next best thing to crawl out of the underground since The Sword or they're going to remain criminally the toast of music journalists and sludge-prog addicts alone.
Only Slough Feg can tease their listeners with a rowdy album cover straight out of the eighties punk and hardcore scene and deliver fuzz-crushed nirvana inside with occasional doom measures and bucketloads of delectable guitar solos, as if sweeping themselves to a mega-lit arena as the opening act for Thin Lizzy or UFO.
Now on their seventh go-round, Slough Feg's Ape Uprising! is both silly as hell with its campy simian death monger yarn as it is deadly serious from a musicianship standpoint.
Even better than their previous outing Hardworlder, which was already a tough act to follow, Ape Uprising! will have you busting a gut instantly with the opening song title "The Hunchback of Notre Doom," yet Slough Feg is spot-on with their homage to Pentgram and Black Sabbath there's hardly room for laughter.
If you're not sold by the sparkling solos from Angelo Tringali and Mike Scalzi on the have-a-nice-day rawk feel of "Overborne," you might as well skip--not mosh--over to Hot Topic and peruse their Generation Tech band samplers. Arrogant to say, sure, but Slough Feg is certainly not catering to the same demographic as those betrothed to My Chemical Romance. Not when you have the ten-minute epic "Ape Rising" complete with the seventies-kissed feel of Blue Oyster Cult, Thin Lizzy, Spock's Beard, Yes and Kiss in one progressive swoop.
Slough Feg relays perhaps the crunchiest example of articulation on the scene today. They virtually recreate a vintage tone homogenous to vinyl's original heyday within a digital realm which brightly accents the former and spitefully dispels with the latter. Then again, "Simian Manifesto" may sound like it deserves to be thought of as a lost seventies jam, yet its bursts of thrash amidst the hard-chugging pep and continuously changing grooves (not to mention some obscene guitar wails) makes it gloriously post-modern despite a relentless addiction for Carter-era rock.
Ape Uprising! is impressive at every turn, be it the bar brawl crush of "Shakedown at the Six," the larger-than-life NWOBHM finale to "Nasty Hero" or the tunefully raspy motorbreaths exhaled on "Ape Outro."
It's only the first third of the year and already plenty of hot contenders for year-end finalists have staked their claims. Consider Slough Feg one of those in contention. For their sheer bravado in turning a ridiculously smarmy tale out of Creepy comics into an ear candy rock spectacle, pencil Slough Feg enthusiastically upon the list.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Slough Feg - Ape Uprising!