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Released: 2000, Man`s Ruin Records
Well...O.K. This is an interesting little disc I’ve got here. Basically, Devolution is Mykill Mayhem’s brainchild, as he wrote and performed almost everything on this disc. The few people that helped him have all since been replaced with new members. From the band’s bio, it looks like they’ve had enough lineup changes to rival Dimmu Borgir! Most notable ex-member? Drummer Tony Laureano of Nile fame.
What’s that you say? That’s all very nice but what about the music? Oh, O.K. I can talk about that too. Devolution’s sound is basically White Zombie playing Southern Boogie industrial style. Nope, doesn’t make sense to me either, but it is kinda catchy. It’s not particularly heavy, as the sound is awash with “creepy” keyboards and some fairly weak drum programming.
Mykill’s vocals sound like Rob Zombie’s less growled style, that kind of sing/talk thing that he does. It’s not exactly Timo Koltipelto, but it’s perfect for the style of metal the band plays. Really though, it seems like the Mykill is trying to create his own horror-fantasy world, more concerned with the overall feeling rather than musicianship. When taken in that context, the disc works much better, but is still derivative of the Zombie clan. Still, the band have had some regional radio success as well as topping the industrial charts on Mp3.com Worth a look.
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