The Devil's Blood
Come, Reap EP

After a handful of demos and a 7″ release, The Devil’s Blood has finally issued its first proper CD release in the form of the 5-track EP Come, Reap. Coupling Bible verses, occult imagery and tales of substance abuse, sex and death, The Devil’s Blood is something of a unique animal.

Musically, without putting too fine a point on the whole thing, the band comes off as a blend of Jefferson Airplane and The Hellacopters (take from that what you will). Drawing heavily from 60s & 70s Psychedelic Rock N Roll, they have crafted a sound that is all at once rousing, cerebral and, at times, kind of spooky. I hesitate to call it retro, even though specific images come to mind while listening (I can see lots of strobe lights, smoke, red filters and crazy film projections). The music on offer here definitely has its roots, but the approach and execution makes it feel fresh. All 5 tracks including Rory Erickson cover “White Faces” (which calls to mind John Lennon’s “Cold Turkey” when the chorus hits…but that’s probably just me) carry a tangible air of conviction and believability. The female vocals are strong, clear and melodic and fit every nuance of the music and atmosphere perfectly.

All in all, The Devil’s Blood has put forth a grand debut. It’s classic enough for the Rock crowds and creepy enough, I believe, to even find its way into the hands of Traditional Doom fans as well. If you’re into the ‘Airplane, Blue Cheer, Arthur Brown, Coven etc, then you should definitely give it a spin. And if one of their live rituals comes around your area, go see it and let me know if my mental pictures close.

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Written by Shawn Pelata
November 18th, 2008

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