Who are or what is The Devil’s Blood? I have been attempting to find that answer for several weeks now and I have finally given up so I can focus purely on the music that they create. But bear with me for a moment. The founder and leader is known only as SL/TDB/A-O and the band’s second member is F/TDB/MOS. Also, if you take a moment to visit their website you will quickly notice that it is divided into areas known as Declarations, Rituals, Incantations, Apparitions, Weapons, and Evocations. Lastly, if you happen to discover any type of bio it is incredibly cryptic with such descriptions as “powerful, sensual and energetic mixture of Musical Theatre and Ritual Practise”.
Okay, so why am I going on about this? Well, it’s because the music of “The Thousandfold Epicentre” is just as cryptic as the band itself in a way that is menacingly beautiful. To see what it is that I’m rambling on about head on over here.
The first and immediate thing you will notice is that The Devil’s Blood draws from classic and psychedelic rock of the sixties and seventies and put a unique theatrical twist to it. The album sets the mood immediately with a quick instrumental that opens with simple piano melody set to a minor key. At first, you may say to yourself, “This is going to be a sweet black metal sound.” The opening “Unending Singularity” continues its slow but steady malicious growth by adding layers of guitar, rhythmic at first, then wailing, and then a cacophony of noise which transitions into “On the Wings of Gloria”. The moment the vocals kick in and you realize that the vocals are sung in a clean and controlled tremolo you may pause but then you sit back in curiosity to see where this is going.
The first listen through I found myself starting to get a bit bored but when the title track kicks in, the seventh “child” the sound evolves and reengaged me. This album reminds me of the movements of a symphony or the acts of an opera and “The Thousandfold Epicentre”, “Fire Burning”, and “Everlasting Saturnalia” are my favorite moments of the entire album. A special moment is when “Everlasting Saturnalia” transitions at its end from ambient noise to chaos and then the smashing keyboards and chanting of “The Madness of Serpents”. Another great moment is the guitar breakdown halfway through the closing track “Feverdance”.
The guitar and drum work is tight and catchy. The production is well done as it captures the raw visceral nature of The Devil’s Blood sound. The guitar solos and breakdowns, haunting and provocative vocals, and spiritually dark lyrics are what make this album standout.
But it’s definitely not for everyone. Some people may find the cryptic nature a bit tired and the theatrics stale, hokey, and overdone.
But if you’re looking for something unique in today’s backwash of heavy metal and hard rock, then you need to discover The Devil’s Blood. If you’re looking to expand your musical horizons and “instigate the spark of the inner Divine flame, that it might speak of the inner potential and power”, then you need to pick up “The Thousandfold Epicentre”.
I like making bold statements and impassioned declarations. So here it is: not only are The Devil’s Blood musicians but divinely inspired artists. Could The Devil’s Blood become the modern day Pink Floyd, this generation’s The Doors, or even this eras Roky Erickson? It only remains to be seen, but they’re well on their way.