July 22nd, 2010
Fueled and fed on dualities and contrasts from start to finish, including the album’s title itself, ‘Blessed & Cursed’ is the second outing from ambient underground metal monsters Devil Sold His Soul. From getting your ears grinded into a beutiful submission to suspending you in a venomous frenzy of emotion and tranquility all at once, ‘Blessed & Cursed’ stands as a mighty competitor as one of the best records of 2010.
Those unfamiliar with the DSHS etiquette might be taken back at first by their uncommon approach to the metal scene. Their ambience is just as powerful as their distorted biting breakdowns, creating songs lasting almost double the normal length with each almost taking you on a journey. Journies almost like a whirlwind, throwing you at one side to a calming and peaceful serenity before slamming you to the completely other end of the spectrum. Devil Sold His Soul are one of the most refreshing British bands today.