Devil Sold His Soul
Darkness Prevails



by spoon_of_grimbo USER (74 Reviews)
April 26th, 2006 | 12 replies

Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Back in the late 90s and early 00s, a band called Mahumodo were ripping up the metal underground, with a progressive blend of metal and progressive atmospherics. I had the pleasure of hearing one or two songs, and I was suitably impressed. However, this was back in 2002 when had no job and no means of acquiring CDs, so once I'd lost the sampler which had featured the songs, I heard little of Mahumodo again, and news of their split in 2003 totally passed me by.

However, early this year, the video for a song called "Like It's Your Last" by Devil Sold His Soul gained quite heavy rotation on the Scuzz channel. There was something indescribably amazing about it that I just couldn't place, but suffice to say, anyone changing the channel while it was on would be on the receiving end of a ranting from me! Turns out, DSHS consisted of most of the previous members of Mahumodo, with a new (and very impressive) vocalist.

And so it was with a fresh five pound note that I ventured down to my local record shop and invested in a copy of the accompanying EP "Darkness Prevails." And proper ***ing immense it is!

The songs have an atmospheric quality which could be likened to Cult Of Luna, or Deftones' less commercial offerings, but also feature some furious and simplistic (yet effective) metal riffing and double-bass drums. Ed Gibb's vocal presence is astounding throughout, whether he's screaming his lungs out (see "Darkness Prevails" and "Clouds") or sending out waves of soaring melodies (particularly in "Some Friend" and "Like It's Your Last"), and Paul Kitney's spine tingling samples and effects only add to the songs; DSHS are one of the few bands (along with Deftones and very few others) where the samples are not superfluous. The guitar and bass work is relatively simplistic, but the driving rhythms and melodic parts compliment the overall feel of the music perfectly. There's no need for any kind of showboating here. Tom Harriman's drumming has some nice intricacies, but he also knows when to crack out some thundering double bass, or a nice driving rhythm to propel the song forward, most notably in the long instrumental outro of "Like It's Your Last."

The band's own description of "ambient, progressive metal" is pretty accurate, and the production on the EP, while not perfect, is sufficient to make the songs sound as "big" as they were obviously intended. While the band follow a similar formula throughout, the songs are distinctive and individual, and even the short, soft interlude of "Liyl" doesn't go by unnoticed.

As a debut effort, "Darkness Prevails" is excellent, and can only bode well for the forthcoming full length. Definitely worth checking out if you liked Mahumodo, or if you're a fan of Deftones, Cult Of Luna, Tool, or any kind of atmospheric heavy music.

I give this a rating of 4/5.

Ed Gibbs - Vocals
Richard Chapple - Guitar
Jonny Renshaw - Guitar
Paul Kitney - Samples
Tom Harriman - Drums
Iain Trotter - Bass

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April 26th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

This has been out for over 6months now, I'm suprised no1 else reviewed it first, they've recieved a lot of good press here in the UK.

April 26th 2006


Album Rating: 4.5

i loving DSHS was also a huge fan of mahumodo, iv got their wave EP lying around somewhere, i think devil sold his soul is a definate progression for the band, the only thing i think really lets them down is simply how astonisingly terrible their lyrics are, im not a lyrics man myself and i know this kind of music isnt really about that, but seriously, they are sooooo bad, still gets a 5 from me, im huge on this kind of music, i think fans of isis might even be able to apreciate these aswell to an extent,

April 28th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

that is something i forgot to include in the review, the lyrics are a bit arse. hopefully they'll progress a bit by their next release.

Whiskey On The Rocks
November 22nd 2006


Awesome review for an awesome cd, i've only just got into mahumodo but i've been into dshs for a while now...looking forward to the full length!

February 2nd 2008


Album Rating: 4.0

I thought the lyrics were good on A Fragile Hope.

This sounds quite good from what I've heard but nowhere in the vein of A Fragile Hope.

February 2nd 2008


Album Rating: 4.0

yeah, this is a really good EP, but they developed so much between this and A Fragile Hope. the lyrics on this are terrible teenage-diary type stuff for the most part, and the sound is less atmospheric, more traditional metalcore in parts.

"Like It's Your Last" is the nearest thing to the AFH stuff on here. and still one of their best songs IMO.

June 22nd 2008


Album Rating: 3.5

good review mate

Like It's Your Last and Clouds are the best on here without a doubt

May 2nd 2009


Album Rating: 4.5

Darkness Prevails the title track dicks on Like It's Your Last in my humble opinion.

May 6th 2009


Album Rating: 4.5

The final 3:50 of Like It Your Last gives me chills every time. Everything just meld together so well, its unbelievable

June 1st 2009


Album Rating: 4.5

infact it doesnt really.

December 3rd 2009


Album Rating: 4.0


March 6th 2010


Album Rating: 4.0

luurrvve dis band

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