Swedish rockers DEVILLE
are here with their third full length album, and first to be released under new label Small Stone Records, “Hydra”
. It’s non-stop Rock from start to finish, and great fun to listen to. There’s only one song here, “Imperial”
, which clocks in at longer than 5 minutes, but I think for this band, it suits them. It lets them show a lot of variety with their music, and makes the album feel like it’s over in a flash, despite being 45 minutes long – which is all credit to DEVILLE
– it doesn’t feel like it drags on. I got quite a few FOO FIGHTERS
vibes whilst listening to “Hydra”
, which is awesome, because they’re one of my favourite bands. It’s very rhythmic and melodic Rock, with some brilliant riffs and hooks, and great choruses. The production values are very high here, the whole album feels really tight, and sounds clear and crisp – a lot of time went into the making of this album – it was even recorded and mixed by the drummer, now that’s dedication. Regardless of all that though, it’s a great sounding album, and a pleasure to hear a band that you can tell loves what they do.
Musically and technically it’s to a very high standard, Bengtsson
’s vocals are on point, the guitars and bass are stomping and controlled, and the drumming brings everything together very nicely. DEVILLE
haven’t tried to be overly ambitious, but they’ve definitely improved on their previous two albums, and it really does show how much work they’ve put into it. It sounds like DEVILLE
have really come into their own with this album, and finally found out which box they fit into (not that I’m saying their talent is restricted), and I think once a band does that, they start producing the best music they can, which of course pleases the fans, but which will undoubtedly be a great confidence booster for the band themselves.
If you were indifferent to DEVILLE
’s first 2 releases, then you shouldn’t dismiss this album. It’s a step up from “Come Heavy Sleep”
and “Hail The Black Sky”
, and you should definitely give it a try. And even if you’re not familiar with the band, you should give this a listen anyway, “Hydra”
is a great album in its own right.