Black Devil Yard Boss
Black Devil Yard Boss


3.5
great

Review

by Billy USER (32 Reviews)
October 21st, 2010 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A promising, yet inconsistant debut from a trio of seasoned performers.

The implosion of Australia’s favourite ‘could have been huge’ band Mammal in late 2009 has lead to a lot of new music in the last year or so. Vocalist of the then band, Ezekiel Ox, set to work on a plethora of new projects ranging from hardcore punk to folk music of varying quality, announcing himself as musically at his peak. The rest of Mammal went away more quietly to work on their own projects that are yet to see the light of day. The first to come out of the woodwork, Pete Williamson and Zane Rosanoski, guitarist and drummer from Mammal, have teamed up with bassist Michael Davids to form blues rock three piece Black Devil Yard Boss (BDYB from here on). Their self-titled EP is the band’s first foray into the studio, coming after only a handful of gigs around Melbourne.

Comparisons between Mammal and BDYB are inevitable, given the messy break up of the former band. For what it’s worth, BDYB pack just as much energy as Mammal do albeit playing a different style of rock. The focus is more on the actual music the band are creating as opposed to the soapbox for political rants that Mammal became. A more accurate comparison would be Queens of The Stone Age or Them Crooked Vultures, with the band’s stoner rock and blues influences. These influences are particularly obvious on tracks such as ‘Into Your Fire’ and ‘Fiver In My Pocket,’ both of which scream Them Crooked Vultures.

Williamson also takes vocal duties with BDYB, and while he doesn’t possess an amazing voice, it does the job and fits the music perfectly. In particular, the vocal hooks on ‘One Dead Letter’ are very catchy, making it an obvious choice for the first single. Known from his days in Mammal (and before with Pete Murray’s Stonemasons) as a bit of a shredder, Williamson continues the trend with his new band, with some great classic rock inspired riffs. In particular, ‘Black Devil’s Rising’ and ‘One Dead Letter’ stand out in terms of guitar work.

While three of the EP’s tracks are of very high quality, it is let down by the last two tracks, particularly ‘On The Run.’ While the musicianship is of very, very high quality, the band is let down by the songs, coming across as though we’ve heard it all before. This is something that is a little bit worrying for just a five track EP. They’re still good tracks in their own right, it’s just obvious BDYB can do better.

Black Devil Yard Boss’ debut EP is a promising release, however it is brought down by a couple of derivative tracks, which, on a five track EP, is quit hard to get past. The energy is there – Williamson is still a very, very good guitarist, Rosanoski still hits the kit ridiculously hard and Davids provides plenty of backup on bass – the band just need to improve their songs to ensure they aren’t lost by the wayside. Still, a good release from a band chock full of experience.



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Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
October 21st 2010


8371 Comments


Nice review, probably not going to bother with this, but if they release a full-length in the future then I'm probably going to give that a shot since these guys sound decent, judging by your review.

Eclectic
October 21st 2010


3302 Comments


Agree with Metalstyles on all counts.

Douglas
October 21st 2010


9118 Comments


Tracklist:
1. One Dead Letter
...Circus


A prog rock war is all we need.

Vooligan
October 21st 2010


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well Pete Williamson is DLC's manager.

Puzzles
October 25th 2010


3065 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Subtle band promotion is unsubtle. Well, it turns out Mammal was much, much better than the sum of its parts.

TCV are amazing, hey? I got to see them at the Riverstage in Brisbane, and they knocked my fucking socks off

Jim
October 25th 2010


5110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i seem to have missed this review.

Puzzles
October 25th 2010


3065 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Oi jim, how do you get that thumbnail DP to the left of the comment? I want to put a picture of Barney Stinson so that maybe people will pick up on the How I Met Your Mother Joke in my username. Fuck, I can't believe nobody gets it.

Jim
October 25th 2010


5110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

go to your profile and click edit my info

then click edit avatar and upload whatever tickles you pink

Vooligan
October 25th 2010


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Just as a side note.

Live, these guys kick major arse. Ridiculously good atmosphere and energy live. Plus ive never seen anyone hit a drum kit harder than zane, the guy is a machine.

Probably about on par with Zeke's stuff if you really wanted to compare, but meh. They're all different beasts.

Puzzles
October 26th 2010


3065 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

"They're all different beasts."

Yeah, BDYB is a wombat and Over-Reactor is a fucking lion.

Puzzles
October 26th 2010


3065 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Wooo thanks Jim

"We should open a bar. We could call it... PUZZLES!"

Jim
October 26th 2010


5110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ah of course i remember that episode now

Puzzles
October 28th 2010


3065 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

I think I'm gonna have to find out who is responsible for their stage lighting/equipment.

Vooligan
November 1st 2010


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol whats that got to do with anything?



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