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Devil : To The Gallows

Norway's Devil produce perhaps the best Hard Rock/Doom album since Demon Eye's 2015 offering.

This particular Devil is a rocking and rollicking Norwegian band of merry bards of rock and roll with a twisted tinge. Their third album 'To the Gallows' is a warm and jaunty cruise through hilly twists and turns of melodic, often major-key riffs. At first, it sounds like a demo (mostly due to the cardboard box drum sound, suits the spirit of the music appropriately), but the high-gear momentum and irresistible chorus of the opening title track show that this is a band who have a surplus of talent to put on the table. The result is a brief but delectable slab of evil - the gleeful, fluorescent, rollicking variety. Fans of the classic Italian doom sound in particular would do well to look north to Devil for top-shelf work in the same vein, but with a lot more bounce.

By the time the second song 'Trenches' nears its end, Devil have already sent up the same number of lively musical ideas that you might find across a complete album from other bands. Very rarely are riffs built from chugging a chord; the guitars are always moving up and down the fretboard, with single-note lead melodies and contrary ascending-descending motion (in 'Regulators', for example) sure to please fans of late 60s and 70s rock and roll. Staccato riffs, with obliging closed hi-hat drum beats, leave small spaces between hits that give singer Joakim Transgrud room to step forward and let his gruff but tuneful voice hold court. Just about every chorus is an earworm.

Probably the best hard rock album of its type since Demon Eye's instant classic from 2015, 'To the Gallows' is sure to bring a sinister grin to fans of Blue Öyster Cult, Motörhead, early Iron Maiden, and pre-'Relentless' Pentagram.

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Reviewer's rating: 8/10


Tracklist :
1. To The Gallows
2. Trenches
3. Dead Body Arise
4. Regulators
5. Reaper's Shadow
6. Peasants & Pitchforks
7. Jumping Off The Edge Of Time
8. David & Goliath
9. Cemetery Still

Duration : Approx. 41 minutes

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Reviewed on 2017-08-02 by Mark Rzeszutek
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