Groovy, melodic and raging - get your hands on this album
Devil You Know may be a new band to the scene, but they have wasted absolutely no time in delivering the message that they mean business with their debut album’s title, The Beauty of Destruction, making perfect sense. Right from the anthemic first track, “A New Beginning”, Devil You Know makes their intentions clear. It’s a crowd song, it’s a song to go crazy to, and the musicianship on display is fantastic. The riffs induce head banging, drums are pounding and the growls are rage filled; it makes you feel like you are walking into one hell of battle. Throughout the album there are parts which are meant for the crowd to chant and scream along and go completely crazy.
The band features Howard Jones (ex Killswitch Engage), guitars by Francesco Artusato (All Shall Perish) and Roy Lev-Ari, drums by John Sankey (ex Divine Heresy, Devolved) and bass by Ryan Wombacher (Bleeding Through). Each member definitely brings their own influences to the table. The fiery riffs of ASP, the growls and melodic vocals of KsE and the hard hitting drums of the various bands Sankey has been involved in, the album packs a powerful punch from start to finish, with a good measure of variety to keep things interesting. The lyrics are deep as well, and it is evident that most of it is personal from Howard Jones.
Take the track “Embracing the Torture”. The growls are brilliant in this one, and then comes the incredible melody which only Howard Jones can pull off with perfection. It’s extremely catchy and groovy with a ripper solo to top things off. This magic is repeated on “Seven Years Alone”, and probably the heaviest track, and my pick of the tracks on the album, “A Mind Insane”. Then there are tracks like “For the Dead and Broken” and “It’s Over” which is much slower, softer, with mainly clean vocals to lead the song. There are great shifts in pace in the album, and it definitely makes you want more of both. Thankfully, you do get a great fix of both of these approached on this album.
The Beauty of Destruction ends on a great note as well with the track “As Bright as the Darkness”, which features a fairly atmospheric, almost evil, acoustic-oriented ending. They don’t go out with a bang as such, but this ending is good enough for you to go - I need to listen to this again!
Honestly, there’s not much to complain about with this album. While the songs may not be groundbreaking or ‘new’ as such, it is way better than the other metalcore releases coming out these days. It is a supergroup of sorts, and they definitely haven’t disappointed. Groovy, melodic, and raging - get your hands on this album.
(Nuclear Blast Records/Riot! Entertainment)