Released: 2015, Century Media Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
This isn't your average rock band when you include the names of Ozzy Osborne and The Gibbs Brothers associated with the Devil City Angels, when I saw those names linked to this album release on Century Media Records, there are very high expectations with this album, but can perfection be executed.
I would ask any up and coming rock band to listen to this album as the way the Devil City Angels have organised the tracks on the release takes the listener on a journey when listening the the album and creates the essence of you don't want to leave listening one or two tracks though, you want to listen to the album all the way though as each track has its own individual part to play. By just listening to the first five tracks of the album, already to getting a mixture of song writing styles and a combination of styles within the tracks as well as in individual tracks.
With Numb you've got the grungy, pulsing, catchy elements, but you've also got ethnic percussion in the breakdown, something which I wasn't expecting, but it was a pleasant and really adds to the tracks dynamics.
All My People there is a sense of an anthem especially where the chorus of the track draws the listener in and cant help, having to sing long with the lyrics and defiantly potentially being a fan favorite and it giving something completely different with what Devil City Angels wanted to achieve with track.
Boneyard mixes up the song writing style and starts by telling the listener its about get a story told to them and instantly you want to know what the track is all about, the track is clever in keeping the listeners attention throughout which many tracks of the 21st Century struggle to achieve let alone taking the listener on a journey and being a one to instantly want to dance to when you hear it.
I'm Living adds a different vocal approach and production elements and its feels more open, flowing and inviting for the listener as from start to end its seamless and one of the main things about this track and the album as a whole its got something for everyone.
No Angels is different with the creative approach within this track as its appeals to a different section of Devil City Angels audience and is just steady well crafted, well produced track.
Goodbye Forever is a rock ballad and includes emotion within the lyrics and the vocal delivery and for me I feel its has influences and hints of country and western music, but then again if I was comparing this track, it would be Don't Want To Miss A Thing by Aerosmith as their are similarities with the chorus as well as the intro, however using different musical approaches to get the same effect.
Ride With Me is a similar track to No Angels on the album as its steady and free flowing, but the difference being this track is certainly more catchy and has a more of a party atmosphere.
All I Need I feel is the most 'pop styled' track on the album meaning being very catching and easy to sing a long to the lyrics, but it also has a clear emotive message and connection within the lyrics which is overlooked and this approach needs to be implemented more with music coming out in the present day, once again something up and coming rock bands should take note of the creative direction which Devil City Angels used with this track.
Back To The Drive is certainly a anthem in the making, high energy, high octane and driven vocal delivery with even adding in the chorus a taste what it was like in the era of Led Zeppelin and would say this track was the most fun to listen to.
Bad Decisions keeps the high energy of Back to the Drive and adds a different spin in having a singular focus and keeping the theme continuing though the lyrics and again its a story which people would relate with either on a personal or listener level.
Well I asked if perfection can be achieved at the start of this review and being a perfect example on how to construct a rock album in modern times, its most defiantly a album all aspiring rock bands all over the globe need to listen for its overall value, musicianship and technical ability, this group of guys formally was apart of some of the greatest rock bands ever lived and if they continue putting albums out like this self titled one, we might be adding Devil City Angels to that list, was it perfection, I will say no, however its certainly far off and any person who enjoys listening to rock music crafted and produced will need to listen to this album.