One of the most unique and underrated metal acts today, SLOUGH FEG has amassed quite the dedicated following over the 20 or so years that it has been active and has churned out such classic American metal albums as "Dawn Amongst The Deadmen", "Twilight Of The Idols" and "Traveler" (the latter being the album many claim as the SLOUGH FEG classic).
Led by the charismatic vocalist/guitarist/lyricist Mike Scalzi, who has easily established himself as one of the best and most distinct vocalists and lyricists in all of metal, "The Animal Spirits" (which features an appearance from BROCAS HELM vocalist Bob Wright) will align itself as another gem in the illustrious SLOUGH FEG repertoire and be considered as one of the great metal releases to be released this year.
Regarding the album title, Scalzi states, "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 1700s (?!) 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!"
Due in North America on October 26 via Profound Lore Records, "The Animal Spirits" will feature the following track listing:
01. Trick the Vicar
02. The 95 Thesis
03. Materia Prima
04. Free Market Barbarian
05. Lycanthropic Fantasies
06. Ask the Casket
08. The Tell-Tale Heart
10. Second Coming
11. Tactical Air-War
"The 95 Thesis" audio stream:
"Free Market Barbarian" audio stream: