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  • Audio CD (17 Sept. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Small Town
  • ASIN: B008TK7CJ0
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,847 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Devil Sold His Soul, the Bristol and London based 6 piece are finally set to release their brand new studio album, Empire Of Light
This is the band's third full length record following 2010's 'Blessed & Cursed'. Produced by Johnny Renshaw and mixed by Alan Douche at West West Side (Converge, Mastodon, Dillinger Escape Plan).
Crushingly heavy, darkly atmospheric, emotionally poignant, and never less than utterly enthralling, Devil Sold His Soul combine devastating force and haunting melody in a unique and involving blend that is as hypnotic as it is moving. In the 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 profound leap forward from that which preceded it.

BBC Review

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.

Rolling out casually, No Remorse, No Regrets hints at familiar dynamics with its rumbling bass and furious vocals from Ed Gibbs. Then his voice soars into a superb refrain, flanked by guitars adding space and depth. The cinematic nature of DSHS’s sound is intact and stronger than ever. There’s a sinister restraint here that’s difficult to achieve but explodes into glorious colour on more than one occasion.

There’s certainly more variety here than there was before. The sound isn’t as bleak as the Cult of Luna- and Isis-style songs DSHS could be capable of. Now there is more of a hopeful sound akin to the style of post-rock that Explosions in the Sky trade in, bolstered by a ferocious, Converge-recalling rage.

Especially expectations-eschewing is Salvation Lies Within. An electronica-charged number, its jarring instrumentation is only joined by Gibbs towards its climax. It’s a song that allows the album to breathe, allowing the intensity to remain, smouldering in the background, but offering a slight and welcome respite.

Empire of Light’s final three songs run to a total of almost 23 minutes, longer than some contemporaries’ entire albums. But calling Empire of Light “epic” would be stirring unnecessary hyperbole. This is heavy music that is thoughtful and vibrant enough to remain incredibly interesting for the duration of the album.

Devil Sold His Soul have been doing this better than so many others for so long now, and Empire of Light is simply their next excellent step.

--Mike Diver

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chopper on 20 Sept. 2012
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Picking up from where they left off with 2010's "Blessed and Cursed", the London-based sextet return with this, their third full length album and it already appears as though they have another critical success on their hands.

While their preceding album was a sizeable step forward from their debut "A Fragile Hope", notably in the use of strings to enhance the difference between dark and light, there is a little less progression here, but this is no bad thing as the near hour-long album appears to emulate the textures of "Blessed and Cursed" whilst making the heavy passages heavier and the moments of light; lighter, cliche though that is.

Opener "No Remorse, No Regrets" starts in ambient yet ominous fashion, swiftly punctuated by Ed Gibbs' vocals; more forceful than they've ever been, before the incredible depth of the guitars hit home. The clean vocals that lace "A New Legacy" might sound out of place on another record, but here they work incredibly well, providing the band with their most accessible song yet. Don't let that lull you too much, "VIII" is lead-heavy, and the build-up provided on "It Rains Down" is well worth two minutes of your time. Five minute epic "Time and Pressure", with it's massive bass bombs is vast, while "Salvation Lies Within" is a real surprise, HUGE synths reminiscent of a church organ, electronic percussion with Ed's soft vocals wrapping around the whole. The controlled fury of at the start of "Crusader" gives way to an ending that would move the most hardened cynic, and album closer "End of Days" is a nine and a half minute monster, dropping into ambience before concluding in uplifting fashion.

Simply, Devil Sold His Soul are a band at the top of their game, and this album is fully deserving of all the praise it must surely gain.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roy Smith on 13 April 2013
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The music world is cruel. These guys are simply the best there is. Let me repeat that. THE BEST. If you're reading this wondering whether to buy, stop pratting around and one-click please. The greatest album you never heard is staring back at you from this webpage. But here you go, 10 years of relentless touring and Ed's just left the band while at their peak. Their absolute peak... so far at least. The pain that causes the fans, the anguish, heartache, longing.. is exactly what you get in every single track here whether it's shaped in a crushingly heavy track or a 'lighter' interlude. 'lighter', he says. Don't take that literally. But it's not just Ed that conveys this. It's every strand of every second of every chord or beat of every one of the band that perfectly weave together in simple but complex musical perfection.. if this is your gig. I'm really not kidding. There's so much competition out there, so many wannabe's who think it's easy, so many pretenders, who want to make the sort of music that DSHS craft with a genius you know you can't believe is unfolding right in front of your eyes. But this band get better and better, never quite the same, always growing, and for the fans you grow with them. Ed will be missed. By god he will be missed. But what an album to go out on. THIS album IS the pinnacle of the genre, and I'm not mucking around. It's as important in it's field, it's the milestone to be measured against, it's the classic that will never be forgotten... in exactly the same way Smells like Teen Spirit became for grunge or Blue Lines became for trip hop or OK Computer became when alternative finally became mainstream. If the world wasn't scared of properly heavy music this album would be in the top 100 of all time year on year on year.Read more ›
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By R. H. Ballard on 28 Sept. 2013
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Delighted to be the 10th out of 10 people to give this a five star review.

It is a remarkable and brilliant album, and I feel a bit guilty I came to this band late..just as the lead singer departs the group as his range has matured.

I'd advise you not to listen to it in the car..you will get swept away with just how mesmeric it is. Quite how this band are not huge is beyond me.

If you like hardcore metal - BUY IT!
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By A Brook on 30 Sept. 2012
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This is a brilliant album from DSHS. I expected nothing less....

if you have and like the bands previous material you will like this, if you don't, this may be the best place to start.

Hard to pick best songs as that always changes, right now its "the Verge".

Get this album. support British Talent.
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I'm not gonna spout any crap about it not being like any of DSHS previous albums... This album is for the want of a better word ballbreakingly brilliant... Just buy it you won't regret it
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