on 13 May 2014
While many people (including myself at some points) panned the Jones-era Killswitch albums for being too 'mainstream' and 'watered-down', it's hard to deny the supreme richness, texture and just awesome-ness of his clean voice ; his screamy shouty ain't bad either. Thankfully, leaving Killswitch wasn't the end of the road for the dude; now fans get to enjoy his new band Devil You Know, which also features Francesco Artusato of All Shall Perish on guitars and John Shanky of Devolved and Fear Factory on drums. I'm always a bit sceptical of these 'super groups' which often don't live up to their potential, but I have been enjoying The Beauty of Destruction.
For me, there are three great things about this band. First and foremost is that The Beauty Of Destruction has its own sonic identity, and, while drawing from the members past projects, it lives and breathes with a life and style all of its own. Sometimes these kinds of groups are dominated by one members previous style, but not so here. Big and beefy riffs, discordant melodies, a bit of a metalcore edge, fist pumping heavy metal crunch, the odd blast of thrash here and there, solo's a plenty, subtle hints of electronica and industrial - this is a darn fine slab of modern metal.
Second, owing to the popularity of the members, I wouldn't have been surprised if this was poppy and mainstream as hell. Well, while this isn't exactly Bathory, the band hasn't put any sugar coating on this. It has a bit more of an underground feel then I was expecting, and and the riffing is pretty darn heavy in places. Embracing the Torture even has these spacy/jazzy segments that almost reminded of Animals As Leaders. Even tracks with purely clean vocals, such as For the Dead and Broken have a bit of an underground feel, almost a bit industrial too. Anyways, what I'm trying to say is that, given Jones reputation, they could have made this Killswitch mark 2 and sold a million albums. But they didn't. they made something else instead, and I dig that.
Third, and finally, it has to be the man Jones. While his screaming vocals aren't the most impressive I've ever heard, its his wonderful, soulful and despreately fragile clean singing that captivates me every time. Every time. Maybe my man-crush goes too far, but his unique voice is the perfect icing on the cake.
If I can find one thing to gripe about, its that this isn't exactly the most original or groundbreaking album I've ever hear, and it can be a bit generic in places, although Jones's iron lungs save the band from falling into mediocracy at any point. However, I think that given a bit more time and with some solid touring under their belts, Devil You Know with only make better and better albums. I still think they have a lot of untapped potential that we will hear in coming years.
So, there you have it. Fans of any of the members previous bands, or just modern metal in general, should come to taste The Beauty of Destruction. It may not be re-inventing the wheel, but the is one devil you should definitely get to know.