Devil Sold His Soul
Belong/Betray


4.0
excellent

Review

by dogsarefriendly USER (15 Reviews)
November 19th, 2014 | 94 replies


Release Date: 11/17/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: After 4 albums, Devil Sold His Soul have finally nailed it.

Devil Sold His Soul have always been a band which had something to offer the hardcore scene as they brought something different to the table but unfortunately they could never quite perfect the ebb and flow of ambient post-rock guitar passages and grittier heavy sections.

It is without a doubt that new vocalist Paul Green is exactly what the band needed to add to their formula in order for it to work. I've always enjoyed ex-member Ed Gibbs' raspy screaming but disliked his whiney clean vocals as they tended to detract from the overall quality of a song and in some parts irritate me enough to dislike the song all together. Thankfully Green has a very similar screaming style but a far better singing voice which is much more versatile and talented enough to, not only hold a chorus, but make the listener want to sing along with him.

The band also stay true to their ambient leanings which is something I've always thought set them apart from other bands in the same vein. Breakthrough single "Time" and the huge EP opener "Devastator" begin with very delicate guitar intros and there are other instrumental sections scattered throughout the EP which are very effective in varying the tempo and keeping the tracks interesting. There is even an entirely instrumental track however I feel it's quite boring and an unnecessary filler.

There isn't much wrong with this release at all. I prefer Devil Sold His Soul when they keep within the 6 minute mark as otherwise I feel as though they are overcooking the epic musical journey idea and only one song surpasses 6 minutes on the EP. Despite its length (6:57), closing track "Alive" doesn't drag on like some older songs did (End Of Days, A Foreboding Sky, etc) and it makes for a fitting end, closing with a driven minute-long instrumental passage which builds to a tremendous crescendo before shrinking away like a tide going out.

If this promising EP is any indication of what's to come from this band then we can get very excited at the prospect of a full length from this new line up coming in the future.



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Dunpeal
November 18th 2014


4164 Comments


Time is pretty cool. reminds me of Iselia, except for the cleans of course

LordePots
November 19th 2014


38255 Comments


After 4 albums, Devil Sold His Soul have finally nailed it.


if you are referring to their quest to create the most painfully emo album name you sure are right

Digging: Blondes - Warmth

wacknizzle
November 19th 2014


14517 Comments


A Fragile Hope rules but I'm skeptical. Their other counterparts like Amenra have already conquered this realm

Digging: Tetragrammacide - Primal Incinerators of Moral Matrix

Dunpeal
November 19th 2014


4164 Comments


name is pretty ghey ya. also, idk what this band's previous works sound like, but based on this album alone, i don't get any
amenra vibe at all : /

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
November 19th 2014


15792 Comments


stream?

dogsarefriendly
November 19th 2014


48 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

stream: http://www.rocksound.tv/features/read/devil-sold-his-soul-return-stream-their-comeback-ep-belong-betray-in-full

Sniff
November 19th 2014


3951 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

DSHS is like Amenras unborn cousin that you know are gonna come out of that womb as a queef

BigPleb
November 19th 2014


51486 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fucking rules, although I think they already 'nailed it' with their first 2 LP's.



The new vocalist for these guys has impressive range, if there was one thing DSHS needed to improve on it was the vocals tbh.

dogsarefriendly
November 19th 2014


48 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah i'm with you there, although I really enjoy their older material, the vocals could always have been better IMO

Shuyin
November 19th 2014


13065 Comments


i dug blessed and cursed but was never a big fan of the screams, the new singer nails it tbh

great review

TheCollectiveFacade
November 19th 2014


1268 Comments


"After 4 albums, Devil Sold His Soul have finally nailed it."


--> "if you are referring to their quest to create the most painfully emo album name you sure are
right"


daym son


sspedding
November 19th 2014


5184 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Devastator is massive.

dogsarefriendly
November 19th 2014


48 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Devastator is definitely my favourite track

Apollo
November 19th 2014


10670 Comments


Damn I need this in my life

Shuyin
November 19th 2014


13065 Comments


you dig this band, Apollo? i thought you hated them.. for some reason

botb
November 19th 2014


11027 Comments


i need to get this

yas666eer
November 21st 2014


281 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I wouldn't go as far as "Nailing it".... Preferred fragile and Blessed/cursed

dogsarefriendly
November 21st 2014


48 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nails it for me since my only criticism used to be the vocals

DreamAgain
November 22nd 2014


580 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

What do you mean "they've *finally* nailed it" ?? Blessed/Cursed one of the best infusions of postmetal/postrock with metalcore/posthardcore out there. They've already nailed it.

dogsarefriendly
November 22nd 2014


48 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They've never hit the big time really even though their stuff is good but now I think they will



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