Slough Feg @ The Abyss, Gothenburg (SE)

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SLOUGH FEG / BOMBER

Date: 09th August, 2018
Venue: The Abyss
Tickets: 200SEK (€17/$20)
Promoter: The Abyss
Photos: Erika Wallberg


It's fun how one reacts when some shows are announced; when the post about SLOUGH FEG coming to The Abyss in Gothenburg was announced but the ticket-link didn't work, I almost panicked. This was a no-miss and I just HAD TO GET IN. That the rush for tickets when they actually came on sale wasn't as hot as I anticipated most probably I could have guessed. There was still a very good crowd showing up for the Californian band and it all turned out to be a very nice evening.

But first it was BOMBER who took on the stage to heat things up a bit. It was fun to see them wander back and forth in the venue, they looked extremely nervous prior to the show. That was completely gone though when they hit the stage.

It seems I'm missing out on most things happening in the Swedish scene these days as more often than someway else, my first encounter with bands are when they open up for other acts. BOMBER is no exception from that rule. Their dirty kind of Rock / Hard Rock is not exactly what I listen to but when performed with skill and devotion it normally works. Also, that BOMBER have a whole bunch of catchy songs. It just took opening “Nowhere Near The Sun” to convince me.  It all was tight and very energetic. The really impressive performance came in very Prog-gy track, titled “The Devil”-something. That '70s stomp and very naked sound gave BOMBER's music a completely new life and it sounded awesome. That they kept going trading off between guitars and bass was absolutely fantastic. And judging by the response from the crowd I wasn't the only one to appreciate this song. They were actually one guitarist short that evening since Rasmus Grahn was home with the flu, so Anton Sköld had to deal with all the guitars by himself. It still worked but at some parts it would have been beneficial with an additional guitar. And since that's normally the case BOMBER shall have kudos for pulling this performance off the way they did. So yes, BOMBER is definitely a band to watch out for. Even for me, who's much more into Heavy Metal than what BOMBER are doing still got around and enjoyed this half hour plus of music. And as last track, “Come Tomorrow” ended it felt like the show was over a little bit too fast.

BOMBER

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If I hadn't known what SLOUGH FEG normally deliver when they hit the stage, I would have been worried that BOMBER would have given them a hard time with their energy. But, knowing the frenzy that comes with a SLOUGH FEG show, that wasn't the case. BOMBER gave SLOUGH FEG a good match though.

After some trouble with the sound it all took off. Due to the nature of the stage it tends to be very loud and initially Mike Scalzi's guitar cut through everything. If it was adjusted or my hearing numbed I leave unsaid but it all turned out very good after a few songs. And by “Digital Resistance” and “Eumaeus The Swineheard” it all had been sorted and it did the sound good to back out of the absolute frontline, also to avoid a too close encounter with Mike.

New single “New Organon” came next and to many concert-goers disappointment the single as well as the rest of the merchandise had been sold out early on this tour. But the song is great and was received well by the crowd too. It's a bit hard to follow all twists and turns in the SLOUGH FEG shows as they are doing some things the old way and start off a song, play a few in between and then return to finish it on a later occasion. “Warriors Dawn” was an example of this and also “The Final Gambit” which showed up later in the set. But this is also why SLOUGH FEG stands out, not many bands are doing things like this and it makes their musical delivery honest and direct. Another live favorite is “Traders And Gunboats” and even if it normally shows up it's always an anticipated number. It also felt like a suiting tribute to Mark Shelton who passed away a few weeks prior to this show that the MANILLA ROAD song “Street Jammer” appeared in the set. SLOUGH FEG of course released that one on the “Hardworlder” album some years back.

Time was running out and the strict curfew for live-music approached fast. So, “High Passage/Low Passage” ended the main set and after a very short break SLOUGH FEG came back and wrapped it all up with “Sky Chariots”. It all turned out to be a very nice evening and afterwards I felt very energized and just happy. That's what live-music should do to you and this is exactly what SLOUGH FEG does.

SLOUGH FEG

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