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Album: Devil Sold His Soul – Empire of Light

September 18th, 2012

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Devil Sold His Soul
Empire of Light
Small Town Records
17 September 2012

by Raziq Rauf

It feels like Devil Sold His Soul have been around forever – they formed back in 2004 – but Empire of Light is only the London band’s third album. And it shows that the sextet hasn’t lost the desire to stop creating something new.

Picking up from where they left off with 2010’s Blessed & Cursed (via a slight line-up alteration), they have released another hour-long collection of atmospheric hardcore. If they learned how to control the chaos on said last record, this album sees DSHS use their skills to even greater effect.

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Album: Funeral For A Friend – Welcome Home Armageddon

March 18th, 2011

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Funeral For A Friend
Welcome Home Armageddon
Distiller Records
14 March 2011

by Raziq Rauf

You’d be forgiven for thinking that Funeral for a Friend were thinking about winding down after the line-up changes of recent years and the release of 2009’s best-of set, Your History Is Mine. But Welcome Home Armageddon proves quite the opposite. Both this disc and its predecessor, 2008’s Memory and Humanity, seem to have acted as MOTs for the band. While the first cracks to appear were quickly painted over, the departure of guitarist Darran Smith has been pointedly slow and deliberate. Today, the band sounds all the better for addressing their problems, having resolved them brilliantly.

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