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The Devil – The Devil

Label: Candlelight
Format: CD download
Released: 2012
Reviewed By: Rich Catino
Rating: 8/ 10


The Devil could be the (evil) sister band to Ghost, possibly benefitting from the same lure with all six members masked and cloaked in black hooded robes, but musically they are much different. Where is Ghost go for a classic 70s feel, combining the hard rock of Blue Oyster Cult with the topically satanic angle birthed by Merciful Fate, The Devil are instrumental, composing atmospheric landscapes by merging grinding riffs, drum and bass, keyboards, with samples from select historical, political and conspiracy events to get their message across.

 

‘Divinorum’ sets the stage for the next thirteen tracks, with a dark haunting keyboard, chunky guitar riffs and simple pounding drums it’s a piece straight out of a horror movie. Including samples from the first moon landing in 1969, ‘Universe’ is atmospheric with gothic orchestral sounds (keys), basic and straight forward in delivery. ‘Astral Dreamscape’ title is fitting and feels like a composition that would fit in a Ridley Scott film (Alien, Prometheus), samples of reports from the attack on the World Trade Center brings the reality of terrorism to the symphonic metal feel of ‘World Of Sorrow’, and ‘Devil and Mankind’ is carried by a grinding guitar picking up elements from the European melodic death/doom metal genre and bands like Insomnium, Omnium Gatherum, Paradise Lost, etc. ‘Silent City’ puts the metal riffs aside till its latter quarter, using keyboards, an easy bass lines, and clean guitars for the semi-passive piece. ‘Akashic Enlightenment’ and ‘Illuminati’ are composed with new age earthy sounds, ‘Extinction Level Event’ addresses weapons of war, and ‘Intervention’ samples from Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech.

Given the controversial worldly topics this group chooses to address, The Devil is a perfect name to identify with this band for those who find many of these emotional, devastating, life changing events in history the work of the devil.

 
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