SLOUGH FEG - Ape Uprising!

Slough Feg - Ape Uprising!

8 songs
37:37 minutes
***** ****
Cruz Del Sur

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Slough Feg has been founded in 1990, back then still burdened with the much longer name The Lord Weird Slough Feg, and have since then devoted themselves to traditional, timeless heavy metal. Their new CD Ape Uprising! is already their seventh longplayer, although the band has also released a couple of EPs and split-records.

Those familiar with Slough Feg’s previous material will hardly get any surprises. As in the past, they always come straight to the point and, thanks to generally short songs, never dwell on banalities. Only the title track surprises with its ten minute length. This is quite unusual for Slough Feg, but this epic side also fits them astonishingly well. They play mostly Eighties tinged metal, strongly influenced by the NWOBHM movement, with Iron Maiden having left some traces. Especially the excellent guitar work with great riffs, melodies and harmonies convince time and again. Two tracks leave the familiar path though. The opener The Hunchback Of Notre Dame gives justice to its name, and White Cousin has a strong Seventies vibe and even contains a few sparse folk elements. But then every single track can be recommended as an entry point into this great album.

Despite its rather short running time, this is an essential release that no real metal fan can do without. Ape Uprising! has the potential to become one of the metal highlights of 2009.

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