If you didn’t see Devil Sold His Soul at Damnation Festival 2012 becuase you were afraid of their tidy haircuts, then you’re a bit of a berk.
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.
Damnation Festival have announced another three bands for November – influential crust/grind pioneers, Extreme Noise Terror, blakened death metal beasts, Belphegor, and fresh-faced progressive-hardcore types, Devil Sold His Soul. Both Extreme Noise Terror and Belphegor join the Terrorizer Stage line-up, where Belphegor will be playing their only UK show of 2012. DSHS take a spot on the not-quite-so-kvltish Jägermeister Stage.
When we asked our contributors to tell us their albums of the year, we also offered them the opportunity to retrospectively review any of their Top 10 list that we hadn’t reviewed already. Ruth Booth took us up on that offer.
26 September 2011
by Ruth Booth
Break-ups. Bloody hell. As Heartbreak Season 2011 serves up a double-header in Thursday and Thrice, here comes a little reminder for fans of the post- tag that there can be light at the end of the tunnel.