Small Stone Records www.smallstone.com
There is definitely something good in the water in Sweden as not only do they produce a stream of top notch melodic rock and 70′s influenced acts, they have been producing some top draw modern rock bands like Deville. Deville are onto this their third album and its safe to say if you enjoy the vocals of Dave Grohl and the riffs of Queens of the Stone Age you will adore this album.
Between them the two guitarists, Andreas Bengsston (who also sings) and Martin Hambitzer, produce wave after wave of fine riffs. Add in the restrained but heavy drumming from Markus Nilsson and pounding bass of Markus Akesson and you know the album is going to be one for repeated spins. The opening trio of ‘Lava’, ‘Iron Fed’ (a Sabbath song title if ever there was one!) and ‘In Vain’ are worth getting the CD for on their own merit. Great choruses, grooving backing and the in your face vocals of Andreas Bengsston. They stretch their wings a little on the instrumental ‘Battles Will Be Won’ and ‘Blood Crown’ could be hit as it has the most instant chorus on the album.
Live I would imagine Deville are simply stunning and they aren’t too shabby on CD either…
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Power Plays w/c 16 November 2015
THE GETAWAY DRIVERS Suburban Summer Shine (indie)
PAUL MENEL & THE ESSENTIALS Let’s Do It (indie)
CONQUER RIO Be My Lady (indie)
STAND ALONE False Beginnings (indie)
MICHAEL SCHENKER’S TEMPLE OF ROCK Communion (Inakustik)
RETURN TO THE SUN Velvet Sky (indie)
Featured Albums w/c 16 November 2015
10:00-12:00 NAKED End Game (Escape Music)
12:00-13:00 SAFFIRE For The Greater Good (AOR Heaven)
14:00-16:00 THE GETAWAY DRIVERS Bellatopia (indie)