earMUSIC [Release date 02.02.15]
I reviewed the Devil’s Train debut album in 2012 and was very impressed describing it as “a wonderful gut-churning, ball-grabbing, riff-fest”. All credit, then, that this is more than just a one-off project for ex-members of Stratovarius, Mystic Prophecy and Evergrey. If you’ve seen the band’s video for the lead single ‘Hollywood Girl’ you might get the wrong impression: it all looks a bit clichéd and old school.
The riffs and economical songwriting are still in place and this seems to be pitched from the Slash/Myles Kennedy handbook of hard rocking with a nod to bands like SOiL. As an album of riff-based raunchy tunes it still takes some beating from the relentless churning of ‘Mr Jones’ and ‘Rock Forever’ to the pneumatic ‘Girl Like You’.
However, a couple of cover songs – ‘Born To Be Wild’ and ‘Immigrant Song’ – are frankly unnecessary as they don’t add anything to the originals and could appear as filler. And, moreover, I like a damn good riff like the next man but ‘II’ is relentless from the off and there is a lack of real light and shade. A mid-paced killer ballad or two – like the wonderful ‘Forever’ on the debut – wouldn’t have gone amiss. A flawed follow-up perhaps but feisty, yes. ****
Review by David Randall
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Archive review (Devil’s Train, 2012)
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