Devil Got Five
This debut album from Devil Got Five reveals that there's more to the band's songwriting than being couched in the realm of metal. The tastefully rapid changes of pace and melodic breakdowns in "This Is Now" sound like a melding of speed metal and a more progressive aesthetic. "Can't Abide" has a few odd moments where Eliza Rex's already powerful and commanding voice is treated with effects; otherwise, it's the standout track, with flawlessly shifting rhythms and a thrillingly defiant tone. In each song, it's obvious that the outfit worked hard to outgrow the awkwardness of its formative phase. Recalling Arch Enemy and Skunk Anansie, Devil Got Five displays a flair for creative dynamics and lyrics here that intelligently and sensitively articulate the passions of a raging heart.
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