ALBUM: Devil You Know – The Beauty Of Destruction

Release Date: April 28th, 2014
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Website: None available


Whatever happened to Howard Jones after he left Killswitch Engage? For a while, he was cleaning pots and pans and doing death growls on street corners to earn a few bucks, but now he’s been invited back into the music industry in a venture with guitar virtuoso Francesco Artusato (All Shall Perish) and John Sankey (Devolved). It’s not quite what you’d expect.

If you had to guess what Devil You Know might sound like by looking at the sounds that the members make in their respective bands, you might think of something akin to the melodic vocals of KsE mixed with the smashing prevalence of All Shall Perish. To an extent, that’s exactly what you’ll get on ‘The Beauty Of Destruction’, but there are also plenty of other elements to chime your ding dongs and salt your pancakes.

‘The Beauty Of Destruction’ is exciting in places, but ails in others. There’s certainly a vibe about the place that alerts you to the young-yet-experienced nature of the band members. The guitar and drums side of things, handled by Artusato and Sankey, is rather hit and miss. In places it sounds dull and contrived, but in others it’s fresh and interesting. Take opener, ‘A New Beginning’, for example; the foundation riffs are more recycled than James Corden’s aura, but the bridge sections mould the song together to ensure minor enjoyment.

‘Seven Years Alone’ is the song that you’re gonna be hearing as the lead off single. It’s clearly been chosen for Jones‘ noticeable vocal melodies in the chorus, and will surely appeal to ‘As Daylight Dies’ era KsE fans. The rest of the album, however, just doesn’t cut the mustard when it comes to replay value. No elements really stick in your head. There are no sections that you really want to hear again. ‘The Beauty Of Destruction’ is good for what it is; an experiment into the crossover nature of the band members, but aside from that there’s not much more to hear here.

Written by MG Savage (@MGsavagewriter)