The title track names Voivod's compelling masterpiece 'Killing Technology' and 'Habeas Corpsus' immediately had me imagining the aftermath of a gunfight in a Sergio Leone Western as Clint Eastwood rides off into the distance, presumably dragging a selection of mobile phones and tablets behind him! However, before you all think I've lost the plot completely , the NWOBHM influences shine through on these songs and, in places, this is actually a pretty heavy album.
Everything has been recorded on analogue, and has a beautifully traditional feel to go along with the story. As is always the case with Slough Feg, the performances and production are nigh on flawless. Plenty of great fills, varying use of technique, and energy in spades, great stuff! I think overall this album will have its niche appeal, fans of the band should no doubt lap this up, and I think audio-snobs will get a kick out of the theme and recording.
Help Learn to edit Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Download as PDF Printable version. Pennsylvania early , San Francisco, California , U. On this album they bust out complex rhythms and guitar lines, wild drum patterns and dizzying time changes that recall the proggier side of Sabbath's early days, and it's all done without ever really overtly saying so. Moreso than usual you can hear this influence on the sound, and the band has really worked to incorporate the roots of the sound into their own unique style.
Instead of coming off like a cheap retro trick, it sounds very genuine, and the variations between songs make the Sabbathine influence all the more delicious to behold - I always thought bands who just aped the "Children of the Grave" riff and spread it out over 40 minutes were missing the point, as old Sabbath did a lot more than just that.
But Slough Feg gets it. I find all of these guys' lyrics a joy to read, and after not getting them on The Animal Spirits I really think it adds to the experience to be able to read them in full on this album. This is one of the few metal bands where I could honestly recommend reading the lyrics apart from listening to the music, as they are just that good.
The greater sense of complexity and care in these songs really comes off strong, and the album reveals new things with each listen — new guitar licks, new melodic cues and even some wry references to past material both lyrically and musically. At first the songs just sound too much like their old work, but careful listening reveals that the band fully intended these songs to sound as they do.
That made you turn around? Times change. The mood of the music, while headstrong, also has an undercurrent of cynicism to it that pervades most of the songs, with a side of lament for what once was.
I think this is a great album. It's addictive, endlessly replayable and full of nuance and subtlety that I have not often heard out of the band. Highly recommended, this is the heavy metal album to beat in Another thing and one that is painful to write is that I found certain parts of the album to be very…Phoned in. A lot of the guitar work feels stock, essentially atypical Slough Feg riffs, as well as some vocal lines which feel a little recycled.
The main form of disappointment comes from personal expectation, though. The track-listing and album artwork really had me thinking this was going to be pugilistic, and in the vein of Down Among The Deadman. Hell, judging from the two lead off tracks it was a possibility. Really though, Digital Resistance is basically the further extension of their dusty, Thin Lizzy styled approach that they cracked wide open with The Animal Spirits , although maybe not as endearing.
Certainly not as wild, with the exception of the drums. There are some neat ideas put forth here, however. This song had a lot of potential to be seriously great, yet despite cool ideas and premise, essentially builds into nothing. Exactly what I wanted to hear from Slough Feg, it nods to their past yet keeps in check with their current drive, and works on every level.Digital Resistance is the ninth studio album by American heavy metal band Slough Feg. Released on February 17, by Metal Blade Records, the album has received universal acclaim and has been praised for its creative use of traditional metal themes inspired by Iron Maiden and Thin Lizzy.