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DEVIL YOU KNOW THE BEAUTY OF DESTRUCTION REVIEW 2014

 

DEVIL YOU KNOW - THE BEAUTY OF DESTRUCTION

NUCLEAR BLAST

APRIL 25 2014

 

 

Playing their first live dates at this year’s Soundwave Festival in Australia ‘Devil You Know’, as you will all be aware is the new band of ex-Killswitch Engage (Who also just left our shores) vocalist Howard Jones.

 

If you are looking for impressive starts to an album then ‘A New Beginning’ is the song that underlines the fact that Howard has both moved on and is reaching for the skies, if only to try and pull the down upon us all! It’s a song that shows that ‘Devil You Know’ is here to make some noise and a song that will immediately resonate with anyone that loves driving hard as nails Metal.

 

This is an album that simply kicks your ass with a pent-up ferocity and power that belies the fact it is ‘Devil You Know’s’ first outing, with tracks like the blistering ‘Shut It Down’ and I am the Nothing’ coming from bands first output it’s as immediate as you can get.


With Jones in top form both guitarists Franscesco Artusato and drummer John Sankey also shine, and on tracks like ‘My Own’ lighting up, and blending Jones’ clean vocals with guttural growl and an injection of melody it’s a killer start. This is also an album of quite deliberate contrasts with ‘For The Dead and Broken’ and ‘It’s Over’ lowering the tempo at points and allowing a leaner, cleaner side of the sound to juxtapose with the sheer Metalcore force of tracks like the furious ‘Embracing The Torture’ which explodes after a heavy groove intro; and ‘Seven Years Alone’ which adds furious drums and a driving riff against mile-high screams and melodies cutting across devilishly heavy guitars.


If you are looking for a track to completely sell you it is the insanely heavy and frenetic ‘A Mind Insane’ which boasts insane drumming and guitar. Elsewhere ‘The Killer’ comes a close second for intensity alone.
Closing out as strongly as it began ‘Shut It Down’ simply soars and ’As Bright As Darkness’ the final track does what all last statements should – sums up what has gone before and leaves you wanting more. For a debut this is as intense as it comes.

 

 

by Mark Diggins

 

DEVIL YOU KNOW THE BEAUTY OF DESTRUCTION REVIEW 2014