“The Devil is not a typical metal band. Combining traditional/classic heavy metal with select historical, political and conspiracy-laden oracles, the anonymous masked and cloaked musicians present a cinematic soundscape that is sure to strike the fancy of the curious.” How could I pass it up? Ever moreso after reading that “The DevilGhost. Honestly, at first I wished it was just another band capitalizing on their success.
The Devil definitely isn’t a typical metal band. In fact, it’s far from Traditional or Classic too. The best way to sum it would would be for you to think modern Hypocrisy atmosphere without the Melodic Death Metal intensity. The Devil acts more like an Ambient piece than anything, though blending in some Progressive Metal ideas in certain tracks. “Universe” featured a simple, relaxing astral piece about the Roswell, New Mexico UFO crash through various audio clips of dialogue. “World of Sorrow” did the same thing, except instead of Roswell, it’s about the falling of the World Trade Center on September 11th, an ominous piece that journeyed into the war that came about from it thanks to the use of gun fire effect. The thing is, I can’t tell if the dialogue clips are actual samples from the news, or if a lot of this was manufactured, nor can I tell if I really like it or not since some of it sounds like horribly bad actors and actresses doing voice overs here and there, especially in that track.
But, despite being let down by the description, I slowly got into the album. The Devil is such a gloomy and atmospheric release that is easily stands out quite well, often taking on an environment that perfectly suits the “lyrical” content. “Extinction Level Event” took a little while to kick the full impact in, and while not the most hard hitting, it definitely showed the group branching out into the tension that would surround the birth of the atom bomb. There also was a bit of a glorious touch too, which worked with the samples that thank god North America had the opportunity to create such a weapon/manner of defense first and not our enemies. “Illuminati” had a very dismal atmosphere, but more like a signal to the march forward of our demise. At first it seemed as if the track was about the forming of the United Nations, but it did eventually shift over to various references towards the secret society called The Illuminati. Perhaps there is a meaning to it, or maybe I’m misinterpreting exactly what The Devil is saying, which is sad since this is the only song that left me a little confused at the end, whereas all the others made the point pretty obvious.
Either way, during the initial spin, I did keep fading in and out. Some of the shorter instrumental songs, like “Universe” and “Intervention,” really didn’t hold much of my interest, acting more as bridges into the next song that simply were often too simple to be impressive. I also can’t help but feel the music would make a bigger impact if I weren’t stuck listening to it through my normal speakers. But, even with that mono sound, The Devil still left a pretty strong positive impression on me, putting a soundtrack to some of the most important historical events of my time, my parents, and even my grandparents. It’s an interesting release I’m anxious to hear properly, and to dive into for review closer to release. At this time, I do have to suggest keeping an eye on The Devil, as there’s plenty of potential to be found just in one casual spin.
Digital review copy of this release provided by Candlelight Records.