Featuring ex and current members of Killswitch Engage, Fear Factory, and All Shall Perish, Los Angeles quartet Devil You Know are the definitive for metalcore supergroup. Formed just last year, the band continue onwards with their sound by releasing ‘They Bleed Red’, an album which boasts some pretty impressive singles, but sadly this sits alongside a ton of filler.
The negative part of the album is that it feels like it’s being played too long. Tracks like ‘Let The Pain Take Hold’ and ‘Searching For The Sun’ leave us with a feeling that vocalist Howard Jones is a pretty generic singer, and doing anything to take the easy way out in terms of writing on this album. Guitarist Francesco Artusato also shows a sense of showing off on this album by inserting solos in for no real creative reason on most tracks. Every song on this album has a solo, and every song is structured very similarly through what the members in the band are playing. It may be talented, but it’s very repetitive.
This isn’t to say that ‘They Bleed Red’ doesn’t have its good points. The use of effects on this album and the variety between the extras within some of these tracks is definitely much more of a welcoming feature.
A main song to focus on would be ‘Let The Pain Take Hold’; it shows how much technique and how much talent lies within Howard‘s voice as he sings one of the most beautiful tracks on the record. The lyrics invite you and bury through your emotions. Drummer Ryan Wombacher is playing pretty technical and impressive drum beats whilst Artusato takes the riff in a manner of telling a story within the track, instead of simply showing off. This track gives a great communication of ideals and feels like an emotional outlet needed from these four musicians.
The use of gang vocals on ‘State Of Execution’ gives a memory surge back to bands like Biohazard and Hatebreed. It’s one of the most well executed tracks on the entire album with the way that Howard‘s voice and the instrumentation from the rest of the band resonate off each other to give a further sense of creative integrity.
This album feels like it goes on at points. It could’ve been made a lot shorter, with songs taking what feels like a great deal of effort to stick to and enjoy. ‘They Bleed Red’ is certainly not something that you should listen to in a manner that requires you to fully absorb the complexities of the instrumentation, but for an album with a couple good singles that you can enjoy live at a festival, this album should fit that purpose perfectly.
Written by Bradley Cassidy (@bradcassidy170)