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Slough Feg

Formed: 1990
From: San Francisco, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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Slough Feg Parting Ways With Drummer

The heavy metal stalwarts in Slough Feg have announced that longtime drummer Harry Cantwell will be leaving the band after the July 28th show at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco.

Cantwell has performed with the band for the past seven years, and on the last three studio albums "Ape Uprising," "The Animal Spirits," and "Digital Resistence." The band plans to begin auditioning new drummers as soon as possible. Interested drummers can reach out at the Slough Feg Facebook profile.

Vocalist/guitarist Mike Scalzi offered the following comment: "After almost seven years as drummer of Slough Feg, Harry Cantwell will be leaving the band after our July 28th show at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco. We're sad to see him go, for he's been a great drummer and also truly great person, and of course we wish him luck in all of his future pursuits. Luckily Harry gave us plenty of notice, and also played fantastically at the last two shows in Minneapolis and Chicago--- so not a drop of bad blood here.

"I'm sure we'll all remain friends, and of course we'll continue to use Harry's talents as fashion consultant to the band after his departure. So come celebrate Harry's last show on July 28th at Bottom of the Hill!! Obviously this news brings up the question: what are we gonna do about a drummer? Well, we do have some stuff scheduled for a few months down the road, so we'll be auditioning drummers ASAP. If you think you're up to the task, then let us know!!!"

Latest album "Digital Resistance" was recorded with Justin Weis (who produced the album with vocalist/guitarist Mike Scalzi) at Trakworx in South San Francisco from January-October 2013 and marks the band's first new studio album since 2010's "The Animal Spirits." More...

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Slough Feg Announces New Tour Dates

Slough Feg released the "Digital Resistance" album in February through Metal Blade Records and now the band has announced a new batch of European dates. Catch the show on these dates with Magister Templi:

29/05/14 SE - Växjö - Muskelrock
31/05/14 DK - Copenhagen - Spillestedet Stengade
02/06/14 PL - Goleniow - Teatre Brama
03/06/14 PL - Warsaw - Progresja Music Zone
05/06/14 AT - Wien - Viper Room
07/06/14 IT - Brescia - Circolo Colony

Slough Feg comments: "We're really excited to be hitting Europe again, especially some of those countries we've never played in before… like Italy, the land of Mike and Angelo's ancestors! Plus we're very happy to be sharing these shows with Norway's Magister Templi - one of the best newer heavy metal bands, and they're awesome guys to boot."

The "Digital Resistance" album was recorded with Justin Weis (who produced the album with vocalist/guitarist Mike Scalzi) at Trakworx in South San Francisco from January-October 2013 and marks the band's first new studio album since 2010's "The Animal Spirits."

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Slough Feg Streaming Full New Album

Slough Feg will release new album, "Digital Resistance," on Tuesday, February 18th throughout North America.

In anticipation of this release, the band has partnered up with Pitchfork.com to give fans a chance to hear the entire album before it is released. Stream all ten tracks at this location.

"Digital Resistance" was recorded with Justin Weis (who produced the album with vocalist/guitarist Mike Scalzi) at Trakworx in South San Francisco from January-October 2013 and marks the band's first new studio album since 2010's "The Animal Spirits."

When asked if the new album was a concept album, singer and vocalist Mike Scalzi explained that "Digital Resistance" is a concept album in the sense that The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper" is a concept album. "It has somewhat of a consistent lyrical theme that runs through several of the songs, but not every song--- it is not a concept album in the sense that our "Traveller" album is." More...

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Slough Feg Reveals New Album Details

Slough Feg has launched the title track from brand new album, "Digital Resistance." The record was recorded with Justin Weis (who produced the album with vocalist/guitarist Mike Scalzi) at Trakworx in South San Francisco from January-October 2013 and marks the band's first new studio album since 2010's "The Animal Spirits."

When asked if the new album was a concept album, singer and vocalist Mike Scalzi explained: "It has somewhat of a consistent lyrical theme that runs through several of the songs, but not every song--- it is not a concept album in the sense that our 'Traveller' album is."

Check out the new track below, or pre-order the album over at this location. Mike Scalzi elaborates on the concept behind the title track:

"This song represents a last ditch effort to escape the inevitable. There will be no victory over technology-- nor should there be in a broader sense--- but I do fear what we are becoming. Biological evolution moves so slowly that we cannot perceive it. But social and moral evolution may come in great jolts or leaps. This can be dangerous to the preservation the species, biologically and morally/socially. But it's also just fun to sing about 'killing technology' (like that other band from Canada did a long time ago). It's a very dramatic subject. That's why I call it 'Voi-Vaudeville.'" More...

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Slough Feg Signs With Metal Blade

Metal Blade Records is pleased to announce the signing of Slough Feg, who's style is an eclectic mix of Celtic folk and traditional metal peppered with buckets of energy and lyrical depth.

On February 5th the label will be releasing three of the band's early releases that, until now, were only available as imports. "Twilight of the Idols" (1999), "Down Among the Deadmen" (2000), and "Traveller" (2003) will be packaged as a 3CD box set will also be made available on their own, digitally, via iTunes, Amazon, or your favorite digital retailer. Check out samples from these albums and preorder your copy right here.

Guitarist/vocalist Mike Scalzi comments: "We are very excited to announce that we have signed a worldwide deal with Metal Blade Records for a new album, which we are beginning to record this month. The new material will be standard Feg-Fare--- that is, totally non-standard!! Of course there will be some galloping, rollicking, bouncing buccaneer riffs unearthed from the Voi-Vaudevillian vaults, and a touch of good-'ol misery and madness (not to mention more peevishly punctuated puns) in the lyrics. But this time there will also be a cavalcade of cacophonous crooning to add to the caterwaul, as well as the lavishly-landscaped luster of some majestic Morricone-esque riffs at which to marvel---perhaps a slight proto-American-West feel. So as usual, you'll just have to wait to hear it yourself!!!

"We are also equally excited (if not more excited!!) to announce that Metal Blade is re-releasing our second, third and fourth albums in the form of a bad-ass box set!! It's about time these albums were made available in the USA!!! They've always been imports in the past, but now you can get them all at once!!" More...

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Band Lineup Announced For SXSW Showcases

The lineups have been announced for the upcoming SXSW music showcases that will be occurring between March 16th - March 19th. Details are as follows:

Wednesday, March 16th

Brooklyn Vegan Day Party
Venue: Emo's
12:20 The Roller
1:10 Deafheaven
1:55 The Secret
2:40 Ken Mode
3:30 Dax Riggs
4:20 Trash Talk
5:10 Kylesa

Thursday, March 17th

Thrasher/Impose Day Party
Venue: Scoot Inn [Outside Stage]
5:00pm - Trash Talk
4:00pm - Weedeater
3:00pm - Zoroaster
2:00pm - Liturgy
1:00pm - The Body

Full Metal Texas / BrooklynVegan Stage
Venue: Emo's [Inside Stage]
5:00pm - YOB
4:05pm - Trap Them
3:10pm - Hull
2:20pm - Kverlertak
1:35pm - Rwake
12:50pm - All Pigs Must Die
12:05pm - Goes Cube More...

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Wolvhammer and The Atlas Moth Touring To SXSW

Minneapolis, MN's WOLVHAMMER have just announced a string of March dates with brothers of the sonic cloth THE ATLAS MOTH. This series of live shows will take them down this year's edition of the SXSW Music Conference, where WOLVHAMMER will be appearing at a Brooklyn Vegan/Profound Lore day party as well as the official Profound Lore label showcase. This run will see the band sharing stages with the aforementioned The Atlas Moth as well as Howl, KEN Mode, Tombs, Dark Castle, Deafheaven, The Body, Batillus, Grayceon, Castavet, Altaar, and Slough Feg.

Wolvhammer's latest release, "Black Marketeers of WWIII," was released by Init Records.

Here are the latest Wolvhammer tour dates:

3.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock w/ The Atlas Moth
3.12 - La Crosse, WI - Warehouse w/ The Atlas Moth
3.13 - Milwauke, WI - Mad Planet w/ The Atlas Moth
3.14 - Indianapolis, IN - Melody Inn w/ The Atlas Moth
3.15 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone w/ The Atlas Moth and Howl
3.16 - TBA
3.17 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia
3.19 - Austin, TX - Lovejoy's as part of Brooklyn Vegan/Profound Lore SXSW Free Day Party w/ Tombs, Dark Castle, Deafheaven, The Body, Batillus, Grayceon, Castavet, Altaar
3.19 - Austin, TX - Valhalla as part of Profound Lore's Official SXSW Showcase w/ Slough Feg, KEN Mode, Grayceon, Castavet, Bruce Lamont, Altaar
3.20 - Lawrence, KS - The Jackpot Saloon w/ KEN Mode
3.21 - Chicago, IL - The Double Door Basement

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Christian Mistress Announces New Tour Dates

Olympia, Washington's Christian Mistress has just confirmed the details on the band's next round of touring, which kicks off in early March. The new West Coast tour runs through most of the month, kicking off in the Northwest and raging down to Texas and back over three weeks. The dates will feature Christian Mistress sharing the stage with Danava, Witch Mountain, Slough Feg and more, including a showcase at Austin's SXSW as well as the Scion Rock Fest in Los Angeles alongside Obituary, Morbid Angel, Integrity, Crom, Nails, Atheist, Bastard Noise, The Body and tons more on March 5th.

The band's upcoming dates are as follows:

3/04/2011 The East End - Portland, OR w/ Danava
3/05/2011 The Glass House - Pomona, CA @ Scion Rock Fest
3/11/2011 The Alibi - Arcata, CA
3/12/2011 The Hemlock - San Francisco, CA w/ Slough Feg, Witch Mountain
3/13/2011 BLVD - Los Angeles, CA
3/14/2011 Sound Kontrol - Phoenix, AZ
3/15/2011 Warehouse 21 - Santa Fe, NM
3/16/2011 The Trainyard - Las Cruces, NM
3/17/2011 Headhunters - Austin, TX @ SXSW w/ True Widow, Danava
3/19/2011 The Yard - San Diego, CA
3/20/2011 Eli's Mile High Club - Oakland, CA
3/21/2011 *equinox party - Rogue Valley, OR w/ RVIVR, Vradiazei
3/22/2011 The Know - Portland, OR w/ Burials, Druden

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Slough Feg Finishes New Album

American heavy metal band Slough Feg has completed work on the band's follow-up to "Ape Uprising," which is entitled "The Animal Spirits." Vocalist/guitarist Mike Scalzi comments on the new album: "The title sounds like it could mean plenty of things, but really refers to an Aristotelian theory of perception that was somehow taken seriously until the mid to later 1700's (?!) Why this was I don't know, but it involves these bizarre fluid called ‘animal spirits’ traveling through a person's veins carrying information of what they have perceived, storing it in the heart, and then releasing it again when that thing is remembered. It really a primitive precursor to the idea of neurons firing in a chain, containing ideas. So that's what people will find if they do a little research about the title."

Going further into the themes of the album, Scalzi elaborates: "The content of the record is (subject wise) is not too far from usual SLOUGH FEG material. The first two songs are about Medieval Catholic theology. Then it switches to basic horror themes, a couple of songs about some insane person who thinks he's a vampire, and then a werewolf (inspired by the Gothic soap-opera ‘Dark Shadows’) then there's one of our weird ‘what if Dicky Betts of the Allman Brothers had joined Iron Maiden in 1980’ instrumentals. Then a few more songs about frustration, misery and madness, and a final fast, driving rock/metal number called ‘Tactical Air-War’, which will be sung by Bob Wright of Brocas Helm!”

You can listen to two new MP3s off the album, "The 95 Thesis" and "Free Market Barbarian" at this location. The album is set for a North American release on October 26th via Profound Lore Records. More...

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Slough Feg Reveals New Album Tracklisting

Influential American heavy metal outfit Slough Feg has announced that they are almost finished recording their eight studio album, "The Animal Spirits," which is expected to be released by the end of the year. The group has also revealed the tracklisting for the album, which is as follows:

"Trick The Vicar"
"The 95 Thesis"
"Ask The Casket"
"Heavyworlder"
"Materia Primia"
"Lycanthropic Fantasies"
"Second Coming"
"Free Market Barbarian"
"Tactical Air-War"

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Doom In June Festival Announced For Las Vegas

Salem Rose Music Presents has teamed up with Vegas Star Bookings to bring a different kind of music festival to Las Vegas. "Doom in June" Fest, which will be held Saturday, June 5th at The Cheyenne Saloon (3103 N. Rancho Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89130), is intended to be an annual event every June that will kick off the summer with some of the best names in Doom and Stoner Rock Music. The musical styles are held near and dear to those dedicated to the cause and Marco Barbieri, owner of Salem Rose Music, is a longtime fan and supporter of the underground music scene and wanted to put his own spin on things.

“With only a handful of Doom and Stoner Rock fests around the world we've decided to support these genres by throwing our own party to be held every year in June in Las Vegas. June 5th marks the inaugural 'Doom in June' Fest and we're preparing for a special day showcasing some of the finest emerging bands in the styles.”

15 out-of-town bands will be coming to Las Vegas to perform including Fireball Ministry, Black Cobra, Slough Feg, The Gates of Slumber, Radio Moscow, Sasquatch, House of Broken Promises, Ride the Sun, Supergiant, Behold! The Monolith, Green & Wood, Aranya, Salvador, Lead Burns Red and Dirt Communion. The event starts at 2pm and goes for 12 hours. Advance tickets are available now for $20 from brownpapertickets.com.

For more information, check out the fest's MySpace page or email salemrosemusic@aol.com.

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Bible Of The Devil Announces More US Tour Dates

BIBLE OF THE DEVIL has announced the "Parched In The Western World US Tour April 2010." The dates are as follows:

April 1st Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge w/ Slough Feg, Hay Perro
April 2nd Madison, WI @ The Frequency w/ Slough Feg
April 3rd Louisville, KY @ Third Street Dive w/ Slough Feg, The Vibrolas
April 4th Carbondale, IL @ PK’s w/ Slough Feg, Zuul
April 5th Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone Café w/ Slough Feg
April 6th Austin, TX @ Emo’s w/ Slough Feg, Radio Moscow, Naam
April 7th San Antonio, TX @ Nightrocker Live w/ Slough Feg
April 8th Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad w/ Slough Feg, Leeches of Lore
April 9th Scottsdale, AZ @ The Rogue w/ Slough Feg
April 10th Los Angeles, CA @ TBA w/ Slough Feg
April 11th San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside w/ Slough Feg, Orchid
April 13th Portland, OR @ Rotture w/ Dark Black
April 14th Seattle, WA @ The Funhouse
April 15th Missoula, MT @ The Palace w/ Rooster Sauce
April 16th Rapid City, SD @ Roman’s Pub w/ Woman Is The Earth
April 17th Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room w/ Bloodcow, The Dinks, Desire To Destroy More...

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Slough Feg Announces North American Tour Dates

Californian metal outfit Slough Feg has announced that they will be heading out on the road at the beginning of April along with Bible Of The Devil. More tour dates are expected to be announced shortly.

The tour dates are as follows:

April 1 - Cobra Lounge - Chicago, Illinois
April 2 - Frequency - Madison, Wisconsin
April 3 - Third Street Dive - Louisville, Kentucky
April 4 - PK’s - Carbondale, Illinois
April 5 - Hi Tone - Memphis, Tennessee
April 6 - Emo’s - Austin, Texas w/ Radio Moscow, Naam
April 7 - Night Rocker - San Antonio, Texas
April 8 - Launchpad - Albuquerque, New Mexico w/ Leeches Of Lore
April 9 - Rogue - Scottsdale, Arizona
April 11 - Thee Parkside - San Francisco, California w/ Orchid
April 12 - Metro - Oakland, California

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Noctis III Metal Fest Ready to Make History

The Noctis III Metal Festival in Calgary, Alta. is ready to unleash a two-day extravaganza of high-octane metal, and Canada’s first ever metal conference.

The conference impacts the city Oct. 2, with a host of internationally acclaimed guest speakers and panelists, including former Megadeth founder and bassist David Ellefson, world-renowned music journalist Martin Popoff, Paul Masvidal of Cynic, David Gold from Ontario Canada’s doom outfit Woods of Ypres and Megawatt Mayhem co-hosts JP Wood and Kevin Woron.

Some of the scheduled topics cover what it takes to get signed these days, tips on landing tours, how to get endorsements and distribution deals, how to promote your band, DIY recording, metal concert photography, and the future of metal journalism.

Following the conference is an 18+ club night showcase at one of Calgary’s premier metal venues, The Distillery, where headliners Novembers Doom, Slough Feg and Ares Kingdom will be sharing the stage with local acts Kilyakai, Norrath, Truck and Tosca, starting at 7:30 p.m.

The two-stage main festival on Oct. 3 takes place at the University of Calgary. Cynic, Suffocation, Destroyer 666 and Aura Noir are among the acts scheduled to brutalize MacEwan Hall, while just a few strides away at The Den, Edmonton’s Death Toll Rising tears things up with A Bloodshed Nightmare from Siksika Nation, and Calgary’s Sacred Ally, Akakor, HROM and Fornication.

“(It’s) another show in Canada, which tend to be great shows for us, and the promoters having a keen interest in us and what we do,” enthuses Cynic's Masvidal. “They asked us if we’d like to speak and discuss songwriting and our creative process, and I was completely open to that. I thought it’d be interesting, and just being part of a collective seems cool. One of our managers is gonna be there, the head of our label is gonna be there, so it’s kind of a team effort.”

More info on the event, including complete list of bands and guest speakers, can be found online at www.noctisvalkyries.com.

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Slough Feg Streaming Entire New Album Online

San Francisco's Slough Feg are currently streaming their entire new album "Ape Uprising" on the Cruz Del Sur Music website. The album is currently set to be released on May 11th in Europe and June 2nd in North America.

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Slough Feg Reveals New Album Details

San Francisco’s SLOUGH FEG will release their new album, "Ape Uprising" this May. The release dates are on May 8th in Germany and Europe, May 11th in UK, and June 2nd in USA/Canada via Cruz Del Sur Music. The band used Justin Phelps and Justin Weis for recording the album and mastered the album at Traxwork studio. The cover artwork was created by Californian artist Larry Luna. A vinyl version of Ape Uprising will be released by the end of April by the German label, Iron Kodex, in a limited edition of 666 copies. More...

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Black Cobra Announces New Tour Dates

Blacl Cobra has announced more tour dates in July and August with Slough Feg and then Weedeater

Here are the latest Black Cobra tour dates:

with Slough Feg
Weds July 30th San Francisco, CA @ Annie's Social Club w/ Sour Vein
Thursday, July 31st Los Angeles, California @ Relax Bar
Friday, August 1st , Tempe, AZ @ Stray Cat
Sunday, August 3rd Lubbock TX @ Whiskey Dix
Monday, August 4th Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves
Tuesday, August 5th, 2008 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
Wednesday, August 6th Austin, TX @ Red 7 w/ The Roller, The Lions of Tsavo More...

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Watch The Sword's New Music Video Online

Stereogum has premiered the viral version of The Sword's new video for "Fire Lances Of The Ancient Hyperzephyrians." The video is set in a post-apocalyptic world, thousands of years after the end of human civilization. A new race is born - one that has no idea that man had once ruled. The directors, Mike Colao and Josh Litwhiler, used a technique called "rotoscoping", where they traced over live-action film movement, frame by frame. The result is a visually captivating look into what could be the future of the human race as we know it.

You can watch the video here and download an MP3 of "Fire Lances Of The Ancient Hyperzephyrians" here.

Yesterday also marked the release of the band's two-song, 10" picture disc. Although already sold out through Kemado, you can purchase the songs on iTunes.

Here are The Sword's Gods of the Earth Tour dates: More...

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The Sword Releases "Gods Of The Earth" E-Card

Austin, Texas' THE SWORD have unveiled an ecard previewing their new album, "Gods Of The Earth," out April 1st on Kemado Records. The ecard features the first single, "Fire Lances Of The Ancient Hyperzephyrians," as well as a sneak peak of the video for the track. "Gods Of The Earth" is THE SWORD's sophomore album. Their critically acclaimed debut, "Age Of Winters," was released in 2006.

In addition to the new full length, the group is also releasing a 10" picture disc on March 18th containing "Fire Lances Of The Ancient Hyperzephyrians" as well as the b-side, "Codex Corvidae."

THE SWORD is heading out on tour this March and April in support of "Gods Of The Earth." The confirmed tour dates can be found below: More...

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The Sword Announce Midwest, Northwest Tour Dates

The Sword will tour the Midwest and Northwest in April with support from Slough Feg and Children. The following tour dates have been confirmed thus far:

4/14 Lubbock, TX @ Jake's Sports Center
4/15 Alburquerque, NM @ Launchpad
4/16 Phoenix, AZ @ The Brick House
4/17 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
4/19 San Fransisco, CA @ Slim's
4/22 Seattle, WA @ Neumo's
4/24 Boise, ID @ Neurolux
4/25 Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Vegas
4/26 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
4/28 Wichita, KS @ BarleyCorns
4/29 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory

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