DEVILSKIN – BE LIKE THE RIVER
Released: 11 November 2016
℗ 2016 Devilskin Ltd
- In Black
- Believe in Me
- Bury Me
- House 13
- We Rise
Album Review Contributed by Lauren Carney
New Zealand Platinum metal band, Devilskin released their second studio album, Be Like The River in Australia on Friday, November 11th which land to the album.
In Australia it came in at #15 on the iTunes chart. It also reached the top spot at #1 with the Deluxe Version and again at #5 with the Standard in their home country of NZ. They recorded this album in Modern World Studios, Tetbury in the United Kingdom after their European Tour. 13 tracks of raw power, exploding riffs, bone chilling vocals with incredible beauty and melody that follows, bringing everything together that proves just how great this one is.
DevilSkin: A four piece band from Hamilton, New Zealand who formed in June 2010 and are a band who knows just what they want, filled with RAW determination and incredible talent. Australian fans won’t have to wait too long to see this band as they hit our east cost shores next year with Halestorm, grab tickets and see Devilskin in action doing what they do best.
Tuesday 10th January @ Corner Hotel | Melbourne
Wednesday 11th January @ Factory Theatre |
Sydney Thursday 12th January @ Triffid | Brisbane
The first track on this album is called, In Black. A great opening track that really helps set an incredible tone for the rest of this album, with heavy guitars and powerfully driven rhythms coming at you left, right and center, making this track a perfect introduction to an album of pure goodness.
Mountains is the second track on this album with a catchy beat and powerful vocals. This track is definatley one of the stand outs on this album for me, keeping you drawn in with each different level this track has to offer, it isn’t any wonder why this incredible album reached number 5 on our charts.
Pray is the 3rd track on this album. There is nothing I like more than the sweet sounds of an incredible riff at the start of a track and Pray has just that with uplifting beats to follow help carry this track even the entire way through. The vocals are incredibly strong making this track like a water dance with everyone in tune as one being the perfect example of what a good metal band is. The only other thing I can add to this track to sum up just how amazing it truly it really is WOW.
Voices in the 4th track and after the last 3 tracks we heard previously, this is one that is sure to be one of those fan favourites with a much softer intro. Jen with her beautiful powerful voice stand right out the entire way through the song which is filled with RAW emotion.
Believe in me after the last track, being one of the slower one’s, this jumps right into a faster beat which also helps this track to shine a lot more. It almost touches on being a ballad, it has the sensitivity but is always kept on the heavy side and just to back it up those screams are back bigger and even better than before.
FYI Is up next and is a one of those tracks that would be amazing to see live. Jen has that ability to make every track sound more and more powerful with her incredible vocals, and the screams in this track are so on point which only makes this one of the best on the album, not to mention the incredible riffs and beats to match, this album just keeps you wanting more from these NZ metalheads.
Bury me is the 7th song on this glorious album Nail and Paul’s work on this album is out of this world and it doesn’t fall short in this track either. If anything, I think it is safe to say it has only grown as we progress deeper into this album. The beats from those drums help to carry the track even more finishing with Jen’s powerful vocals.
House 13: I think this would have to be my favourite song on the album, partly because the name sounds cool and sounds like it’s a track that’s just come out of a horror movie, but also because those amazing riffs I can’t seem to get past and they seem to have taken me away in a far off place. With the only thing I’m holding onto being Jen’s voice.
With only 5 tracks left on this album we are left with track 9 Grave. The symphonic metal in this one is out of this world it really is one of those perfect examples of just who Devilskin are. Filled with sheer beauty and incredible powerful talent that makes us lucky we get to grace our ears with such an album.
Animal takes a few years into the past with a 70’s feel and a delicate bass intro that keeps that soft beat throughout the entire track. Bands who step away from the normal sound to bring us a work of art like this show us that it’s ok to mix it up. This track is for sure, one of those others I’d love to see played live.
If you didn’t buy the deluxe edition of this album, then I’m afraid Limbs will be your last track, but I promise you will not be let down. This Track is filled with plenty of great riffs, keyboards, dirty vocals and much more with Jens vocals on point like always.
Closer is the first of two for those of us that have the deluxe album. As this track opens, we are greeted with the most beautiful, elegant string section that I think we have heard on this album. Beautiful vocals match this track for a beautiful love song sung with nothing but pure emotion and heartfelt love the line “when you hold me that’s when I know that I am alive, there is a fire that burns inside” floods you with every emotion humanly possible and will be the track that will grab at many hearts having you run for that tissue box. This track is beautifully written in every way possible.
We are now up to that final track on this album, it has be nothing but explosions of awesomeness with each track being better and stronger with such RAW it has left a hole behind as I come to the fact it has ended
The final track is called We rise and what a track to end on. Take it all in as we hear those incredible riffs one last time and a slightly different screaming chorus than on other tracks. Before it takes a step back to a slower beat before coming back with a final few fast riffs.