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October 23, 2006

When A Scalzi Sings

Atavismscalzi.jpgGenerally speaking, when you search for "Scalzi" on the Internet, you usually end up with me, because, of course, I'm a raging egomaniac who has spent the better part of the last decade infiltrating every last nook and cranny of the World Wide Web. But occasionally another Scalzi will show up. Such a one is Mike Scalzi -- not related as far as I know -- who is the lead singer of Slough Feg, a band which, according to its Web site, "is an eclectic mix of Celtic Folk and Traditional Metal peppered with buckets of energy and lyrical depth." Because, damn it, Celtic Frost was a total letdown in the Celtic Metal sub-genre, and Slough Feg is here to reclaim and wave that flag.

But don't just take the Web site's word for it: check out "I Will Kill You/You Will Die," a song in which, presumably, somebody kills you, apparently Mike Scalzi, and then you end up dying. That's truth in advertising for sure. It's from Slough Feg's all-to-appropriately-named album Atavism. And if you enjoy that, here's some more music from Slough Feg, from the band's site. Rock on, Slough Feg!

Posted by john at October 23, 2006 02:09 PM

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New Wave Chang | October 23, 2006 02:42 PM

Arr, 'tis is a big mix of Celtic rocking and rolling and hammering drums and stinging solos. It's a bit too long-haired, herladic, wishing-I-was-in-Highlander, swinging flagons of ale and grabbing each others butts for me. But that's just me.

And, hey, I listened to a Journey song because of you, Scalzi. It came on the radio and I didn't even turn it off. I scorned it, but kept it on. Such is the power of the Whatever.

And Celtic Frost weren't Celtic. I think they were swiss. They did a great cover of "Mexican Radio" though.

John Scalzi | October 23, 2006 02:58 PM

The Celtic Frost bit was a joke, actually. They're more "early death metal" than anything.

Ron | October 23, 2006 03:13 PM

Everybody loves Celtic reels on electric guitar!

I love Scalzi's explanation of the song in an interview: "'I Will Kill You / You Will Die' sort of fits in with the main theme of the CD, the mechanism for evolution. I remember in school, I basically learned that the mechanism for evolution is things dying. It's really just kind of a joke."

Rob Thornton | October 23, 2006 03:59 PM

As a side note to the 80s metal junkies, looks like Celtic Frost has reunited and is currently touring North America....

Scott Mactavish | October 23, 2006 05:09 PM

Didn't they do the song behind All Your Base Are Belong to Us?

Chang-

We Highlanders don't grab one another's butts. We grab teh sheep's butts.

Chang who is theoretically at "work" | October 23, 2006 05:46 PM

Ach, fergive me. I shouldna slag the Scots. They were far better to me than the English. Curs!

And some of them sheep, aye, t'were bovinely sexy!

Andrew | October 23, 2006 05:54 PM

"I Will Kill You/You Will Die," a song in which, presumably, somebody kills you, apparently Mike Scalzi, and then you end up dying.

I cannot help but note that John has just made an excellent summary of some 50% of Celtic music. All it lacks is references to alcoholism and poverty.

Scott Mactavish | October 23, 2006 06:23 PM

Aye, we're a forgivin' clan. No worries, lad.

We'll even let them Italians play our music as long as they don't bootcher it too terribly.

fishbane | October 23, 2006 07:45 PM

I cannot help but note that John has just made an excellent summary of some 50% of Celtic music. All it lacks is references to alcoholism and poverty.

...Those lacking features being added by the members of the majority of the members of metal bands.

Martyn Taylor | October 24, 2006 05:34 PM

C'mon, everybody knows the Scots aren't into sheep.

That's the Welsh.

And my mother is Welsh and she said I could say so.

Yes, Celtic Frost have risen from the grave and - according to the gathered metalheads in this household - are even more boring than they were last time. I think they mean the music, but with death metallers you never really know.

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