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The Thousandfold Epicentre - Devil's Blood

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: Devil's Blood / Audio CD released 2011-11-14 at Van Records

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      05.02.2013 15:09
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      Fantastic album

      The Devil's Blood were a short-lived occult rock band from Holland. Generally lumped together with metal bands, they are either much loved or criticised by fans expecting them to play black metal due to their much publicised lead singers flirtations with satanism and their masonesque album cover. It seems there's even snobbery amongst satanists, who judge the band as too poppy.

      Not unlike Coven, the band have a lead female singer who has a very sweet voice and it is true that the satanic aspect seems rather on the kitsch side but their second and final full album released in 2011, just 5 years after the band's inception is really quite a belter and will appeal as much to Sisters of Mercy and Nightwish fans as it will to those seeking to frolic in the dark lyrics. There are nods to psychedelic music like Pink Floyd and also a bit of 80s hard rock/heavy metal.

      Thousandfold Epicentre is like opening a coffin and finding it full of a rock fan's eclectic album collection. The styles differ so greatly yet the tracks run seamlessly from one to the other, to the point that you don't always notice when you're listening to a new song.

      This comes part and parcel because the tracks are so long, originally they were much longer and it's said they were heavily edited before being released, they struggled to cut it down but it's still laced with tracks 7,8 9 and even 15 minutes long. This is perfectly fine by me, the first epic length track is On The Wings of Gloria, my favourite of the whole album, it sets the mood of the album following the Pink Floyd like opener which does sound a tad ripped off.

      With catchy guitar riffs, dark, poetic lyrics and a hypnotic choral chorus On The Wings of Gloria is unbeatable. The title track comes close and is equally enjoyable. She as likeable as it is, seems to suffer from the odd non-native tongue slip up, making the lyrics appear occasionally non-sensical. Cruel Lover and The Madness of Serpents are both powerful and a touch brash yet also simultaneously melodic. Everlasting Saturnalia is a much more calmer track and the grand finale, clocking in at over a quarter of an hour is either poorly produced or designed in such a way that it's much quieter than the rest of the album and also considerably grainier.

      The earlier album - The Time of No Time Before is a little less varied and a touch more ordinary, so if you wan to get a proper feel for this now defunct band, then this is the album to go for. The band have also released several EPs, although I've not had the chance to check them out yet.

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