If After The Burial and The Ghost Inside had a lovechild, it would be Devolver. These guys blew me away with how professional, well written, and how well structured they’ve presented themselves with their Self-Titled record. Each song has its own personality, while still maintaining a signature sound. The breakdowns are simple, yet effective in each song. There is dynamic tension and then well-needed release throughout the record, and it’s downright masterful. This album is captivating, and I recommend anyone that is a fan of metal to check this out.
I don’t have anything bad to say about this album! In my opinion, it is perfect, and it makes me so proud to see such a small band making music and sounding incredible in the process. Each track has its unique elements that make each song its own journey. From the crushing riffs of “Terminal,” to the beautiful guitar and piano soliloquies of “Fortress” and “Exordium,” respectfully, each song brings something different to the table and showcases how brilliant the songwriting is.
I felt as though I was listening to a symphony at times. It was evident in the music that the band has been doing this for years. There’s so much experience here, and they give you that experience with each track. Everything goes exactly where you want it to without even knowing it. It wasn’t predictable, but it all flowed beautifully. It baffles me that this band isn’t as well known as they should be for how amazing their music is.
I’m proud to give this a 10, and I’ve never been so happy to hear an independent artist. I can’t wait to see what these guys do next! Everyone needs to support this band and buy this record. Do it! Well done, boys!
Written by Rian Cunningham
*edited by Danielle Kenedy