Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Devil's Blood-The Time of No Time Evermore

he Devil's Blood
The Time of No Time Evermore

Dutch band The Devil's Blood leave nothing up to the imagination as far as what kind of entity that they are. Equally embracing the dark occult rock sounds of bands such as Black Widow and Coven along with the usual doom godfathers including Black Sabbath and Pentagram, The Devil's Blood set out to create music that is vintage and timeless, both beautiful and evil with some of the most infamous live performances to date from any band in either the rock or metal sect complete with blood soaked incantations and heavy riffage. Combining their dark, psychedelic rock with a love for 1950's Gothic horror culture, they have been a constant in the underground music scenes throughout the world for quite some time and have now began to find their way into the hands of more listeners as their material is passed via word of mouth and in a growing number of publications. What seems to appeal most beyond the dark, occult aura of the band itself, is the melding of classic elements from garage, psychedelic and the heavy rock and roll genres, bringing together fans from all across the spectrum.

With The Time of No Time Evermore, the Devil's Blood give it their all with this first full length released in late 2009 in Europe and finally here in the states this year. On this album, the music leans more towards the psychedelic and folk rock elements than before. Still present are the strong Sabbathian riffs, though they are a bit more few and far between than on their previous E.P's. Musically and vocally, The Time of No Time Evermore brings to mind Jethro Tull, Jefferson Airplane, and Heart along with the ever-present influences from the occult rock great of the late 1960's and early 1970's. One strong aspect that sets The Devil's Blood apart from similar artists are the strong and clean female vocals sung by a vocalist known as F. the Mouth of Satan, whose vibrato and tone venture into a form of almost operatic performance at times. The songs themselves are decent rock songs, dealing with both celebratory and despairing subject matter throughout. For me, the strongest song that stands out as a highlight is "Christ or Cocaine", a perfect hybrid of some long-lost Pentagram track and Don Felder's "Heavy Metal (Takin' a Ride)."

The Time of No Time Evermore is perfect for those fans of such bands including Witchcraft, Blood Ceremony, and Black Math Horseman. If you like these dark, throwback sounds, chances are, you won't be disappointed. The Devil's Blood has finally poked its horned head through the thick haze of smoke and is now ready to take on the world with this one. -Andrew Bryant

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