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
David Randall presents ‘Assume The Position’ on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio every Sunday at 22:00 GMT
Archive review (Devil’s Train, 2012)
On Sunday 28 July 2019, David Randall celebrated his 600th show. “Assume The Position” started in June 2007 on UK City Radio before transferring a year later to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio. The show includes tracks played on the first show plus Upton Blues Festival highlights, new music and the regular features “Live Legends” and “Anniversary Rock” which this week celebrates the Island Records label 60th anniversary.
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Power Plays w/c 19 August (Mon-Fri)
BEFORE FIRE Dead Eyes (indie)
SCOTT & MARIA Never Give Up (indie)
CORELEONI Queen Of Hearts (AFM Records)
BERLIN Transcendance (Cleopatra Records)
PHIL CAMPBELL These Old Boots (Nuclear Blast)
PHIL LANZON Blue Mountain (Phil Lanzon Ditties/Cargo Records UK)
Featured Albums w/c 19 August (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 SOLEIL MOON Warrior (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 ROXY BLUE Roxy Blue (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 DREW HOLCOMB & THE NEIGHBORS Dragons (Magnolia Music/Thirty Tigers)
Albums That Time Forgot (Mon-Fri)
BRIAN ROBERTSON – Diamonds And Dirt (2011)
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