On May 25th, 2010, VÃ¡n Records issued the debut album The Time of No Time Evermore by The Devil’s Blood. In what felt like no time at all, lovers of the vintage Psychadelic Rock and Classic Rock sound flocked out of the woodwork to gaze at this rather unique group for their darker sound and haunting material. A little more then a year later this group went from a smaller independent label to one of the most recognized names in the business: Metal Blade Records. A few days prior to writing this, the label issued to press and radio stations a three song sampler off their upcoming effort The Thousandfold Epicentre. Given my enjoyment of their debut, I decided to pop in this sampler and give you my personal first opinion of the album based off the three songs provided in this digital promo.
Almost immediately, I’m swept up in the entrancing Psychadelic Rock sound of The Devil’s Blood and it’s higher quality audio that still sounds reminiscent of early Rock atmospheres with “Die the Death.” The female vocals here sound a little more lively and energetic that even reach into the higher falsetto territory while still offering up some soothing, beautiful lower volume clean singing moments. That darker, somewhat occult vibe is there in this song, and it’s really brought to life by some of the semi-ritualistic drumming that easily lured me into a trance to close my eyes and feel swept away by the solid performance. The track’s shorter length was a bit of a let down, but any longer would have definitely hurt the song. “She” fixed that problem for me with it’s over five and a half length of solid Rock with a little more of an upbeat sound. As much as I liked the energetic performance on “Die the Death,” I was glad to hear this one focused more on the enchanting beauty that the group brings to their music since that’s what really stands out the most for this group, and it didn’t fail me at all. I loved this song as much as “Die the Death,” and anxiously looked forward to “Fire Burning,” another pleasant surprise with it’s edgier sound and energetic approach similar to the first song here, but also allowed the organs from the keyboard to come through nice without being overused.
I honestly have nothing negative to say about this sampler. The only thing you can really look at in a negative manner is that sometimes the band can come off as if they are restraining themselves a bit to play it safe with that darker Rock sound, but while those times do exist, The Devil’s Blood does still push forward nicely with energy and solid material the band feels sure enough in to really emote and have come across passionate, beautiful, and ready to belt out when necessary.
This sampler may only be three songs, but those tracks speak volumes about what to expect with The Thousandfold Epicentre. With the recent surge of new bands tackling the Classic Rock genre, such as with labelmates Ghost and Electric Wizard, it’s refreshing to hear such a strong band come out that genuinely feels sure of themselves and the music they are playing without having to resort to rawer audio, restraining themselves, or other tactics and gimmicks to make the material sound. The Devil’s Blood present just three songs that came through as a refreshing Psychadelic Rock trip full of energy, passion and beauty, and I personally cannot wait to get my hands on the complete recording of this album, kick back with the lights dimmed, and just drift away.
On a side note, this is the first piece of material from 2012 to hit my inbox. If this sampler is a sign of things to come for the start of the year, since the full-length is due in January, then I think things are going to start off with a blast. Don’t you?
Article based on digital review material provided by Metal Blade Records