Slug Comparison is the solo project of Fen vocalist/guitarist Doug Harrison. Known for blending darkness and light, acoustic and electric, Harrison first deepened his exploration of these elements with a solo album that felt like a Part II to Fen’s acclaimed album Trails Out Of Gloom.
The recordings came together over a two year period. They featured drummer Randall Stoll (Fen – Congenital Fixation), bassist Mike Young (The Devin Townsend Band, Fen – Trails Out Of Gloom) and producer Mike Southworth (Fen – Heron Leg to Of Losing Interest).
While similar to Trails Out Of Gloom, the self-titled Slug Comparison revealed Harrison’s growth as a vocalist and songwriter, experimenting with techno-industrial sounds in “Bringer of Doom,” using overt vocal character in “Evil Walks,” and surpassing himself compositionally with the multi-layered, multi-movement, anti-war epic, “Long Live the Night,” which included an extended slide guitar solo, a choir, and battlefield soundscapes.
So far Slug Comparison has been Album of the Week on DPRP radio, featured on Something for the Weekend? and ranked #3 and #30 respectively on Top Albums of 2014 lists by The Rickter Scale and The RingMaster Review. In a collaboration with Swedish filmmaker, Peter Wiholm, Slug Comparison released a video for the album’s first single, “Bringer of Doom.”
Based in Victoria, Canada, Harrison has released the project’s second recording, IIa, which is the first of a series of EPs.
Slug Comparison acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters.