Friday, June 7, 2013

Posted by \m/ The Power of the Riff \m/ | File under :

It seems Norway's Devil have been plugging their instruments into the devil's riff hand since 2010 when their first demo "Magister Mundi Xum" which is Latin for Master of the Universe became the first sign that something classic and riff heavy was brewing in Norway and I can't believe this is the first time I came across them and only after the recommendation of a friend who has impeccable taste when it comes to occult and obscure metal releases and has turned me on to some of my favorites more than once, if your reading this thanks Jose. The album is a revelation of Sabbath-esque riffage of the highest monumental order with a vintage dose of Pentagram thrown in for good measure and some pastoral moments kind of like what Pagan Altar did on "Lords of Hypocrisy" to round it all off, their is even slight Mark Shelton type mannerisms of Mannilla Road in the vocals during the pastoral moments which only makes me love this album more. This is their second album coming after 2011 "Time to Repent" which I will have to track down after hearing this monster. One of the greatest things about the album is the production which has such a loose and authentic feel that the music sounds like it was recorded way back in '69. Natural and organic with no modern day trickery, drum triggering or pro-tools basically no crap getting in between the band and their instruments, the way metal was supposed to be. To cut it short if you love bands like those mentioned and modern ones like Orchid or Witches Sorrow then you need this album in your collection, recommended.


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