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5.0 out of 5 stars DSHS have done it again...., 20 Sep 2012
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Chopper (Northants, UK) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars There may never be better, 13 April 2013
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Roy Smith "doyster" (Woodchurch Kent) - See all my reviews
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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. For those of us who listen with intent, who open our hearts without fear or doubt when the CD starts to spin, we are rewarded with a listening experience amongst the greatest and most rewarding there is or can be. The range of emotions this album invokes is too great to describe. Buried in the depths of this album are some of the greatest hooks you will ever hear. At the end of the day, the fact you'll see DSHS playing a small venue near you to a crowd that may only be a handful is not a reflection on the band or their talent. It's a reflection on the music business, and a reflection on society itself. But so what. Screw the rest, if you're reading this then you're one of us not one of them anyway, and this is what you've been waiting for, believe me. It's utterly incredible. It's pure genius. Thank god for DSHS.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's immense., 28 Sep 2013
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R. H. Ballard "londonboy59" (London, GB) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars This was a present, 22 Mar 2013
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The product arrived in perfect condition and would be loved by my nephew who requested this specifically for his Christmas present from his auntie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keep getting better and better, 15 Jan 2013
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M. O. Brien ""mclovin"" (IRELAND) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars They just get better and better, 11 Jan 2013
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I have all of DSHS albums and they just seem to get better and better. Would recommend this to any existing fans of this band or anyone getting into there music
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it. Love it. Love it., 26 Nov 2012
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Great album. Smoother, harsher, harder, amazing-er...I think you get it. If you like DSHS, just buy it. You won't regret it. They did a great job with this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unreal..., 23 Oct 2012
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D. J. Garraway "StretchedNerd" (Wilts, UK) - See all my reviews
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This album is unreal, one of the best records I've brought in such a long time.
A must buy for anyone with a love for DSHS.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I expected nothing less, 30 Sep 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Progressive metal defined, 25 Sep 2012
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Followers of this dedicated and talented band will already know that this is a progression from Blessed and Cursed, and its predecessor, A Fragile Hope. If you're undecided, I would say don't hesitate - this is an album that works on a number of different levels and which rewards repeated listening. The cliche is that the heavy bits are heavier than ever, and that the lighter passages are lighter. Don't be fooled by the latter. There is increased lyricism and accessibility, without surrendering to crass commercial considerations. Blessed and Cursed gets better every time you hear it; this is no exception. Empire of Light expresses optimism and hope against a dark and cacophonous backdrop, and is uncompromising in its commitment to the genre.

I'll now throw away the thesaurus. It's really bloody good - buy it !!
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