Released: 2016, Nuclear Blast
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Rejoice! The Poison Dwarf has returned to save Metal once again. Dani Filth has taken time off from his day job fronting the Panto Dames of Metal: Cradle Of Filth to make another record with his side project Devilment. Unfortunately it seems that not much thought or effort was put into it. What we have here is a saggy, bloated mess.
The album opens with "JudaStein", which is every bit as hammy as Cradle. With its sublte eastern flavour, and crunching guitars, things are off to a positive start. Sadly the band fail to keep up the momentum with "Hitchcock Blonde", which is dull and flaccid, and "Under The Thunder" which is equally turgid. Ennui really sets in with "Full Dark, No Stars" which is like a cross between elevator music and a commercial jingle.
Devilment finally provide some excitement with the thrashy and vital "Shine On Sophie Moone"; just the shot in the arm the album need. Alas, the band fail to sustain this momentum. "Dea Della Morte" is a fetid, formulaic cul-de-sac; it says nothing and goes nowhere. "Entangled In Our Pride" is even worse with its twee faux-Disney vocals, and its hackneyed riffing.
Proceedings are closed with "Hell At My Back" which starts off promisingly enough but soon lapses back into the same rote formula that befouls the rest of the album.
There really isn't much positive to say about this album. It comes across as Cradle-lite, and Monsieur Filth clearly sleepwalks through most of it. The female vocals are cliched and tiresome. Most of the tracks feel they were written to a strict formula. At least the guitar tone is impressive.
Review by Owen Thompson