deVience, after a hiatus (due to, well we all know what ) have embarked on their most daring musical outing to date. Along with their new guitarist (Sawyer), deVience have created a signature new sound that they know the deVience faithful will be stoked with. They truly believe it is their best work to date. The new single ‘Dangers Of Double Dealing’ which has already hit the Top 40 on the iTunes singles chart is daring but oh so satisfying.
When all seems well. When you are graced with smiles, love, praise and celebrated as a friend it couldn’t be further from the truth. That strong foundation you believed in, your so-called accomplices are found to be thrusting the knife in your back, and not only that they twist, turn and actions spiral out of control until they can’t find a way back through the sloppy web of deceit they have weaved.
A dangerous game to play is double dealing, your poker face can only stay on so long till you get found out or slip to your demise.
With that rather ominous explanation, what do we think of the track then ?
Out of the gates a solid riff gets the ball rolling before Myles Kennedy’s distinctive vocals layer over the music like the finest red wine jus over the juiciest of steaks. But then…. wait… this isn’t the latest arena filling tune from Alter Bridge but the new single from deVience which leads me to the first conclusion about the tune and that is that Myles needs to be looking over his shoulder. This is the perfect example of a British rock band delivering a tune that can stand shoulder to shoulder with the big boys from the States. Lead singer and one of THE most versatile singers we have to offer at the moment Giovanni Spano reaches the sort of heights that would leave us gasping for oxygen with his stunning vocal work.
The introduction of Sawyer Riggs on guitar (whilst he’s played with them live before, it’s great to hear him on some studio work as well) adds a real gritty feel to the song. Playing opposite mainstay Donnie Roulstone, the sound the pair create feels like they were always destined to perform together. We can only hope this is the first of (roughly) 10-12 songs to be recorded that will ultimately develop into an album.
Output from the band may be rare (for many reasons over the last couple of years) but this track suggests there is fire in the belly to make this work and hopefully more music, more shows and the level of recognition that the lads deserve is forthcoming.
Oh dear, a band with such a -pardon me- cliché name clearly indicates what we’ve got to deal with, isn’t it ? And indeed, these guys from Cologne Germany deliver exactly what you would expect just because of that name: classic, old school hard rock with a kick ass mentality.
Sounding like a cross between Motley Crue, Killer Dwarfs, D’Molls, and Vain but keeping it updated like Crazy Lixx and Eclipse with up-tempo beats and heavy doses of melodic rock injected (think happy music with sing-along choruses,) Pretty Wild is quite entertaining