Monday, January 16, 2012

Guest review of The Thousandfold Epicentre by The Devil's Blood written by The Left Hand Creation bassist Rob Holden

I would just like to take the time to introduce a new guest reviewer that is helping me out by bringing you a more in depth look at some of the albums I will be reviewing. Rob Holden is the bassist of Oshawa, Ontario based metal band Left Hand Creation. They combine all types of metal and make it their own with brutal riffs and gut wrenching vocals. You can like their page here and you should show some support for local bands!

1. Unending Singularity
2. On the Wings of Gloria
3. Die the Death
4. Within the Charnel House of Love
5. Cruel Lover
6. She
7. The Thousandfold Epicentre
8. Fire Burning
9. Everlasting Saturnalia
10. The Madness of Serpents
11. Feverdance

Having never listened to or heard of The Devil’s Blood prior to this album, I went into it with an open mind; and this is how I would suggest most listeners approach the album. The first track is an ambient-trance intro with dark undertones similar to Mercyful Fate, the track lasts for 2:18 and is (By FAR) the shortest track on the album. Leading almost seamlessly into the second track, It became clear that this work was heavily influenced by the hard rock of the 1970’s and early 80’s, drawing influence musically from King Diamond and Thin Lizzy, and lyrically from the early satanic hard-rock bands. The music is set from the beginning at a mid-tempo and never strays from the beat. Guitar work is simple and ambient (repetitive), but occasionally shows some flair. The talent in this band is not in the technical musicianship, but the song writing. Setting myself in the right mood for this music, I tried to enjoy it as best I could, but found that each song that surpassed eight minutes could have easily been cut in half. The female vocal styling saved the album for me; Properly placed, beautiful tone, and dark (evil) lyrics kept the flow of this long, drawn out album. 

This album is not for me. However, for anyone looking for a reinvention of the old and true rock and roll element of the golden era. An album that’s musically derived from early fire and brimstone metal, and subject matter akin to the war on God and/or organized religion; A true rock album, this is for you!

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