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Ambitious, vicious, and more than a little beautiful,
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This review is from: Blessed & Cursed (Audio CD)
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.