Bible of the Devil – For the Love of Thugs and Fools (Cruz del sur Music)

Monday, 25th March 2013
Rating: 7.5/10

These days, classic heavy metal isn’t often done right, unless it’s made by those who originated it. There are plenty of throwback bands out there, and the vast majority either are blatant rip-offs, or are just plain bad. That’s why Bible of the Devil is quite refreshing; like a sip of old fashioned lemonade on a hot summer day. These guys simply know how to capture that feeling of the classic sound where heavy metal music was birthed. That’s what really puts this band ahead of other new-ish bands of this ilk.

As for the songs, there aren’t a whole lot of huge individual standouts on this record. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, though, with this disc playing like a true album – the strength comes from the sum of its parts. It plays smoothly from beginning to end, and before the listener knows it, they’re putting it on repeat. An obvious Thin Lizzy influence is all over For the Love of Thugs and Fools, bringing back a hell of a lot of nostalgia. Yet, they’re not copying them – it’s very much their own twist of a classic sound. The melodic sensibilities are well done, and there are plenty of interesting hooks and tempo changes, and even some stoner rock thrown in for good measure.

This album also sounds like it came from the 70s, which only aids in the authenticity. Who would want this sounding super-polished? It’s supposed to sound a bit grimy, and the production captures the vibe of what this band is trying to accomplish quite well.

Bible of the Devil is certainly onto something, and For the Love of Thugs and Fools should do nothing but help them gain some well-deserved attention. Is this picture perfect? No, as it’s near impossible to outdo those who invented this sound, but it’s great for what it is. And it’s really fun, which is something that many have forgotten how to have. For those who enjoy the nostalgic sound of classic metal captured right, then pick this disc up, turn up the old stereo, and have yourself a good time. This guy certainly did.

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