It’s called IIa because it’s the second Slug Comparison recording, and because it’s the first of a series of EPs.
Go to bandcamp and download the three-song EP for FREE before I change my mind.
Timeless thanks to Fen guitarist Sam Levin for learning all my parts and writing some fantastic solos. Thanks also to Doug Fury at Fortissimo Sound, Randall Stoll, and Mike Young. It was a privilege working with all of you. Matt McCallum (wherever you are), thanks for those jams ten years ago that led to “Becoming.” And thanks to all friends, family, and faraway strangers who’ve helped keep my inspiration and motivation alive.
France-based Jester Prog Blog posted a review here. One observation made by reviewer J-Yves is that though many of the songs on the Slug Comparison album are short–around 4 minutes–they go through several transformations which make them seem more developed, like an 8-10 minute song by Haken or Pain of Salvation.
Here’s a French review from NeoProg. It mentions a couple of new vocal comparisons: Marc Atkinson (not sure from which band) and John Bassett, a progressive artist from the UK who I’m going to have to listen to.
Bad Ass from France’s Rock-Station has written the first French language review of Slug Comparison, and has called Long Live the Night “le chef d’oeuvre de l’album.” In an email to me, he jokingly admitted to have listened to the song upwards of 8000 times already. That’s roughly the same number of times I listened back to the song as I was writing and recording it, so it’s great to know that someone else had been through the same experience. Read the review here.
There is a little known website in The Canary Islands that focuses purely on sad, melancholy or emotional music. These descriptors, according to the website, are “subjective and in our case strict. Unfortunately, for inclusion in InannaNaked.Com it must be emotional or melancholic for us… not for you…THERE IS ALSO EMOTIONAL AND MELANCHOLIC MUSIC WE DON’T LIKE…” Reading that, and the rest of the SELECTIVE CRITERION AND MUSICAL CONCEPT, you can imagine with how much trepidation I submitted Slug Comparison.
Well, this morning, I am pleased to say that Slug Comparison has been included in the database, the music having been deemed sufficiently sad, melancholy or emotional. Further to this, the site describes the album as “a gloomy but rich example of elegant, dark and emotional rock/prog.” Peruse the full review results here. Thanks to Hector for giving it a listen, and for keeping such a unique database going.
Sea of Tranquility (Music for the New Intellectual) has given Slug Comparison a FIVE STAR album review, calling it “a tremendous piece of work that’s enlightening and dark and dank all at the same time.” The author of the review, Butch Jones, has also written about Fen’s Trails Out Of Gloom and Of Losing Interest. Thanks Butch!
Rob at Denmark’s Power of Metal has put his thoughts on the Slug Comparison album here, rating it 90/100. In his review, he likens the vocals to Thomas Giles Rogers of Between The Buried And Me and Casey McPherson of Flying Colors, introducing me to a couple of bands I’d never heard before.
Rob, whose knowledge of prog/metal music is enormous, also runs a facebook page that posts a ridiculous number of interesting and sometimes awesome prog songs every day. I had no idea how uninformed I was until I liked the page–I suggest you do the same, here.