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The UK has been a hotbed of unique musical talent and one band that has carved out their own distinct niche within the country’s metal scene is DEVIL SOLD HIS SOUL, who have received massive critical praise from all major UK rock/metal publications (see below). This dynamically crushing six-piece unit have just signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records and are currently hard at ... Read more in Amazon's Devil Sold His Soul Store

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  • Audio CD (12 July 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Century Media
  • ASIN: B003IHV2RM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,327 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Crushingly heavy, darkly atmospheric, emotionally poignant, and never less than enthralling, Devil Sold His Soul combine force and melody in a unique and involving blend that is hypnotic and moving. In the six years since their inception, the band have inspired a passionate and devoted following in the UK underground, touring relentlessly and exercising an extreme level of quality control over their musical output, every release maintaining their signature sound while marking a leap forward.

BBC Review

The majestic hardcore sound that Devil Sold His Soul made their own with 2007 debut album A Fragile Hope was one that got tongues wagging about the UK sextet being one of the finest underground bands around. Releasing this follow-up via Century Media Records is a tangible progression in both status and style.

The dipping, plunging guitars that greet you from the start of The Disappointment give way to gentler, more expansive sounds that rebuild the song to a cathartic climax. It's a climax that takes the best part of seven minutes to reach and it's one in which vocalist Ed Gibbs gives a full lungful with every scream. This, in itself, is nothing strange because 40 per cent of songs on their debut were lengthier numbers where Gibbs rattled and rasped his vocal chords; but everything is bigger and better with this album.

Eight of these 10 songs last over five minutes–a pop album this is not. As with any song that lasts longer than the radio-dictated 200 seconds, DSHS are easy to label epic and progressive. While that immediately pigeonholes them into a brand of progressive metal that Cult of Luna and Isis pioneered over the last decade or so, there's something inherently British about their output. It's a beautiful thing.

While the sight and sound of Gibbs reading a strongly worded letter to some people far, far away has become almost customary in some circles, the restraint and harnessing of his vocal talents really stands out here. While the throat shredding is still wholly evident, he complements the melodies with clean singing frequently, like on An Ocean of Lights, which has one of the most apt titles you'll hear this year.

It's their ability to absolutely nail a crescendo that really marks Devil Sold His Soul out as one of the most talented British bands around at the moment. After years of honing their talents, they have mastered the art forms of suspense and climax, and this album is as fulfilling an end product as they ever could have hoped for.

--Raziq Rauf

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chopper on 12 July 2010
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Devil Sold His Soul have returned with this their second full release, the first since their mammoth 2007 debut "A Fragile Hope". That album was received with open arms by fans and critics alike and "Blessed & Cursed" is almost certain to follow.

Sweeping strings are a wonderful new addition to this sextet's arsenal, subtly adding to the already epic soundscapes while vocalist Ed's new and improved shriek-turned-roar is also a step-forward, far less piercing than it was on their last outing.

"Tides" sets things off nicely, 90 seconds of build-up before the vocals and strings kick in and send you soaring, the balance between brutality and beauty struck almost perfectly. There's barely time to digest the opener before "Drowning/Sinking" storms from the speakers to deliver a nearly 8 minute series of moody peaks and troughs. The start of early release "Callous Heart" belies the ferocity that smashes in around the minute mark, and it returns for seconds just when you think it's all over. "Frozen", with it's three minute build-up is a real highlight, "The Disappointment" which follows it, doesn't live up to it's title and is an absolute beast of a song, massively heavy. Clean vocals are dispensed with on the crushing penultimate track "The Weight of Faith" and as the final squall of feedback fades out on "Truth Has Come" you finally get a chance to assess what you've just heard.

This release shows just how far DSHS have extended their sonic palette. The quality of the musicianship on offer is frankly astounding, a decade of playing together as first Mahumodo then DSHS has well and truly paid off. They've always been able to combine towering riffs with beautiful haunting melodies, but here they've taken it a stage further to create some of the most uplifting, beautiful metal I've ever had the pleasure of listening to.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 July 2010
Format: Audio CD
In pursuit of a little of the right kind of darkness
I pitched up here with Devil Sold His Soul's new
album 'Blessed & Cursed'. For those of you in search
of a few rousing nocturnal anthems you will find your
needs met here. It is stirring stuff, valiantly executed.

I've never had too much truck with subdivisional
terminology when it comes to the best of what can
be found in the listening world. I have seen the
labels "progressive metal" and "post-hardcore"
used to describe DSHS. This may well be meaningful
for genre-junkies but does little to describe what
it is like to engage in an ear-to-ear encounter with
this splendidly energetic and creative sextet.

The first thing to impact on our conciousness in the
DENSITY of the music. The general ambience is like
soaking up the thickest, richest gravy with a good
solid chunk of home-made bread with blissful disregard
as to how much of it dribbles down our chins!
'Blessed and Cursed' is a solid ten-course meal.

Front man Ed Gibbs is a veritable demon. He rants and roars
like a creature possessed. Just give a listen to his rabid
delivery on single 'Callous Heart'. The larynx-shredding
intensity of his performance is positively mind-boggling.
He is also capable of holding down a tune too, which he
does admirably on the majestic 'An Ocean Of Lights'.

Johnny Renshaw and Richard Chapple's blistering guitar
playing, together with Mr Gibb's robust approach to the
mysteries of the human voice define the band's sound.
(Messs Trotter/bass, Kitney/samples and Wood/drums are the
additional glue which keep the arrangements on the rails).

It's not all 'sturm und drang' however.
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They just get better with every album.

Always find it best to work backwards with their albums - there is always a storming final track which sets things up for you...

Eventually, and hopefully not before time - this lot will be huge.
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I bought this album based on a recommendation from a friend, and it pleasantly surprised me. I wanted some new albums that I could study to, something a bit like Cult of Luna, and this album is perfect.
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I got into DSHS about a year ago, and bought the 1st album, which I thought was excellent..... I finally got around to buying this about 3 months ago, and I wish I had not wasted time without it...

Simply put it is brilliant.

The vocals are much better and stronger, and the mix of clean / unclean vocals are superbly done. The addition of "strings" to some songs works really well, (Crane Lake and Tides especially) but the overall album is excellent. Stand out tracks are Tides, Drowning / Sinking, Callous Heart, Truth Has Come, The Disappointment and the epic Frozen... but the other not mentioned are top quality too...

Hope to see this band get some overdue recognition and look forward to hearing new material before long.

5 very deserved stars.
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