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Devil You Know – They Bleed Red

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Last Updated on 09:14 PM by Giorgos Tsekas

Genre: Groove/N.W.O.A.H.M.
Country: U.S.A.
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year: 2015

It’s the second effort of the American supergroup Devil You Know, which was embraced by the crowd from the very first time with their melodic debut “The Beauty of Destruction” reaching No. 50 on 2013’s Billboard. This time, Francesco Artusato (All Shall Perish), John Sankey (Devolved, Fear Factory) and Howard Jones (ex- Killswitch Engage), with the assistance of the producer Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God) took things one step further, creating a even stronger and more straight – forward record. It sounds strange, but that’s the reality for me. In (almost) 50 minutes, Devil You Know deliver the entire history of N.W.O.A.H.M.. And of course, I’m not being sarcastic or anything.  Since they’ve distanced themselves from cheesy and childish metalcore acts, the adulthood of the new wave of American heavy metal flows through the summation of its structures and back to its roots. The guitar tuning, the groovy scratches, the textures and the interaction with the European scene of melodic death metal, especially with Goteborg, the destined-to-be-hits choruses, the clean vocals that mix themselves with screams and brutal passages, the melody, the clichés; everything is here. However, the final result isn’t at all tiring and is far from tedious. Maybe it’s because there are no ruminations, even though I don’t think it can rekindle the crowd’s warmth toward the genre or to redefine the genre in its entity. Good tracks, with clean production suitable to the genre, but that’s it, especially if you were never a fan of Killswitch Engage or Soilwork.  Now that I’ve mentioned that, if you liked “They Bleed Red”, “The Ride Majestic” from the Swedes will blow your mind, since comparing those two efforts, the Swedes are certainly on a higher level. “Consume the Damned”, “The Way We Die”, “Break the Ties” and “We Live” stand out in a – I repeat – a truly good release which is strictly aimed to the American market.

3,5 / 6

 

 

Lilliana Tseka
Lilliana Tseka
Surrealism : Pure psychic automatism, by which one proposes to express, either verbally, in writing, or by any other manner, the real functioning of thought. Dictation of thought in the absence of all control exercised by reason, outside of all aesthetic and moral preoccupation. Surrealism is based on the belief in the superior reality of certain forms of previously neglected associations, in the omnipotence of dream, in the disinterested play of thought. It tends to ruin once and for all other psychic mechanisms and to substitute itself for them in solving all the principal problems of life.

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