Devil
Time to Repent


3.5
great

Review

by Voivod STAFF
December 23rd, 2012 | 15 replies | 1,624 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In a period where some of the major occult rock bands are going uphill in terms of ambitiousness, Norway’s Devil prefer to stick to the basics of the genre, doing a great job in the process.

During a recent interview for the new Darkthrone album Underground Resistance, drummer and infamous metal blogger Fenriz was asked to comment on his well-known habit of field tripping across the large forests surrounding Norway’s capital, Oslo. He said that although Norwegians are fully accustomed to the modern way of life, they are also deeply attached to nature and especially the forests that cover their land. Some of them even prefer to move to or to maintain their posts at the country side, despite the comforts a modern city like Oslo has to offer. Norwegian occult rockers Devil file under the first case. Long before forming the band, all of them were friends living in Oslo for quite some time before deciding to move back to their home cities in the countryside. At a later stage, they formed a retro doom/hard rock band, titled Devil, for casual jamming between a few beers and lots of fun. Rehearsal after rehearsal, the gathered material turned out to be good enough and a proper demo, titled Magister Mundi Xum was released. The demo and the band’s increasing number of live concerts were warmly heralded in the underground and soon enough record deals were offered by independent labels. In the light of the above, the band was given enough thrust to complete a full length record, titled Time To Repent, a great album of occult heavy rock.

As said previously, Devil were formed primarily for having a good time and the starter track of Time To Repent captures the band in feasting and laughing presumably over a pile of pints, while a somber doom rock riff kicks in to set the mood for the rest of the album. In contrast to what is being implied by the previously mentioned riff, the album tends to rely more on the ‘70s monolithic hard/heavy rock side of Devil’s main influences and bands such as Black Sabbath, Pentagram or Witchfinder General. Baring a thick sound on both rhythm section and guitars, the songs go mid-tempo for the most part, with faster outbursts in between (“Blood Is Boiling”), whereas some of them are considerably more upbeat (“Open Casket”, “At The Blacksmith’s”). Regardless of the tempo, every song is based on 1-2 main riffs in order to grab the attention of the potential listener and although Devil are not 100% original in their overall output, they prove to be great in arranging riffs, rhythm section and vocals into tunes with solid groove. With respect to vocals, the powerful and rather unusual voice of Joakim is a strong plus for the band, despite some (few) mistakes in hitting the vocal melodies precisely. The stories narrated in the lyrics form a loose concept story around the trivial but so attractive occult rock themes. Witch women taking reign of their surrounding environment (“Crazy Woman”, “Blood Is Boiling”) with their curse spells (“Breaking The Curse”), before they are eventually cast into the fire for not denouncing their cult (“Time To Repent”) by the riders of the apocalypse (“At The Blacksmith’s”).

In a period where some of the major occult rock bands are going uphill in terms of ambitiousness in song writing, Norway’s Devil prefer to stick to the basics of the genre, doing a great job in the process. Furthermore, while some occult rock bands admittedly give more attention to their occult image rather than their actual music, Devil’s major concern seems to rest in writing good songs and not planning the future with great detail. If good music is yet to come, it will come and Devil are easily another addition to the list of bands worth anticipating for their next move, if and when it will take place.



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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 22nd 2012



5992 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Breaking The Curse:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejryA8fLTI8


Blood Is Boiling (!!!):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E89Elr7BYZ0


Time To Repent:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ixf3yxZVmHc


Crazy Woman (live):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQrOIdABNn8


Open Casket (live):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4KwVpKBi80


Death of a Sorcerer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZ1m-lXCTxw


At The Blacksmith’s (!!!):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOGc_wMHQ38



All tracks are great, but those with the exclamation points are among my favorites.


Constructive criticism is more than welcome.

Digging: Lisa Gerrard - Twilight Kingdom

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 22nd 2012



6988 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Norway’s Devil prefer to stick to the basics of the genre, doing a great job whatsoever.

I'm happy for band's to be doing this. Excellent review, pos'd.

CaptainDooRight
December 22nd 2012



28756 Comments


Pos'd bro, gonna have to check this, wanna say I've heard this before somewhere tho

Digging: Tukaaria - Raw to the Rapine

BlackLlama
December 22nd 2012



1638 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Is this on par with Ghost :D Damn, will check this in a bit then!


BlackLlama
December 22nd 2012



1638 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Wow... loving track one :D

Also, your use of 'whatsoever' is in correct. Usually that equates to "whatever" or "whichever". Neither of those fit in the sentence you are using them in.

Maybe something like "Norway’s Devil prefer to stick to the basics, doing a great job at staying true to the basics of the genre."

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
December 23rd 2012



3353 Comments


Sweet cover! Lately, I've been waiting for your reviews lately Voivod, because almost every time I find a good new band to listen to and these guys aren't any exception. Great write-up too, pos.

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

Acanthus
December 23rd 2012



9537 Comments


A nice older vibe here, really enjoy the guitar in "Blood Is Boiling"

Digging: The Cure - The Head on the Door

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 23rd 2012



6988 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The ghost rec is suiting.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 23rd 2012



5992 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Thanks guys.


@BlackLlama thanks for the suggestion, I made some edits, hope it is better now.

I have been listening to this album for a year now, it hasn't worn off its actual merit since first listening sessions.

I find this band to be better than Ghost.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
December 23rd 2012



20284 Comments


Great reivew as ususal, very informative.

Might check this out.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 23rd 2012



6988 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This available on iTunes?

Cargonaut
December 23rd 2012



2 Comments


Thanks a bunch for the nice words, people! For those interested, we've got a couple of releases for 2013, actually.

First and foremost we will release the followup to Time To Repent, a full length named "Gather the Sinners" hopefully late this winter/early spring.

And furthermore we'll do a split with Hour of 13's mainman Chad Davis' new project The Sabbathian. It will be named "The Sabbathian vs Devil - Return to the Eve of Destruction".

Feel free to follow our whereabouts on www.facebook.com/devilband

All the best,
Stian
Devil


NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 23rd 2012



6988 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Just got this, album is prettty solid.

TheNotrap
December 23rd 2012



8029 Comments


Nice work as usual.
Will check those links tomorrow.


Digging: Savage Grace - Master Of Disguise

BlackLlama
December 23rd 2012



1638 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, I agree on the Ghost rec, this is VERY much in the same ballpark. Purchased the full release last night, still jamming today.



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