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Right around the world over the past couple of weeks heavy music fans have been discovering one of Britain’s best kept secrets. No nothing that Oprah uncovered during THAT interview – no the release of Devil Sold His Soul’s brand new album through Nuclear Blast Records has meant that suddenly the whole world is discovering a band that rightfully should have been listed amongst the heavy elite for a long time now.
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The label may have changed but the beauty of the music that the band produces has not—in fact this album is such a masterpiece it may well outshine anything that the band has ever released previously.
It may seem a little strange describing heavy music as beautiful but one listen to Loss and you will see why it is the perfect description for a band that just seem to reach for new heights every time they step into the studio. Opening track, Ardour, sees the band mix hardcore harshness with a strong melody that is normally reserved for bands who don’t quite produce the decibels that they do. There is a perfect mix of brutality and beauty from the duel vocals of Paul Green and Ed Gibbs and while this feels like perfection things only get even better as the album goes on. Tracks like Signal Fire and But Not Forgotten sound like what would happen if a hardcore band mashed itself with an ethereal act like Decoder Ring or Sigur Ros, it is a strange pairing but somehow it works and the result are tracks that you simply want to listen to over and over due to the fact that you hear something new (or should that be something special) every time you do.
This album is sheer perfection from Devil Sold His Soul and now they have a strong relationship with a new label it feels like they may reach some dizzy new heights over the next few years.
There is no denying that there are moments throughout this album that will stick with you long after the album has stopped playing. That moment that Witness Marks gives up its melodic-pop opening to the dark undertow that was lurking just under the surface all the time or even the ferocious almost orchestral beginning to Tateshi. They are moments of sheer musical brilliance that you wish you could hear for ‘the first time’ over and over. Musically this album is tight. On tracks like Burdened it feels like everything comes together perfectly for the band. Alex Wood sounds like he is pounding the skins off the his kit while both Green and Gibbs are pouring their heart and soul into their vocal performances in a way that most vocalists dream they could. If there was any doubt that Devil Sold His Soul almost delivers the perfect album with Loss it is quickly eroded with the final track – Loss. This track is beauty personified – it is dark, it is haunting and above all else it leaves the audience wanting more. This album is sheer perfection from Devil Sold His Soul and now they have a strong relationship with a new label it feels like they may reach some dizzy new heights over the next few years.
STANDOUT TRACKS: Ardour, Burdened, Loss
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