ARTIST: DEVIL’S GUN
TITLE: SING FOR THE CHAOS
LABEL: BLACK LODGE
WORDS: SOPHIA WATSON
Swedish heavy metal band Devil’s Gun release new album ‘Sing For The Chaos’, a record that incorporates a classic heavy metal sound with vocals that hit higher than even Bon Scott could go.
It’s no secret that Sweden is the breeding ground for great metal bands, and recently those growing from the Swedish vine are clearly inspired by the sounds of 80s heavy metal. Devils Gun are just what the feel-good doctors ordered. With inspiration from giants like Accept, WASP, ACDC and even a hint of Mötley Crüe, their newest release is a juggernaut of heavy guitars, thundering drums, and high pitched vocals.
The ten track record is a rush of adrenaline with none of the embellishments that 80s metal often came under scrutiny for, it’s the real heavy stuff that wants to be loud. It’s an exotic mix of fast speed riffs, melodic grooves and choruses that will happily lodge in the brain.
The album opens with the sounds of mechanical vehicles – imagine their party van pulling into city, to unload their metal movement on your town. With songs such as ‘Killer Machine’, ‘To The Devil’ and ‘Electrical Shock’ they arguably fit into the archetypical heavy metal genre, screaming the genres ethos through and through. There’s also the raunchily titled ‘Alligator Fuckhouse’ with its raw and aggressive groovy bass, this one has a sound which sticks more to the ideals of glam metal than heavy metal and vocals that are more gloomy than before.
“a rush of adrenaline with none of the embellishments that 80s metal often came under scrutiny for”
Whilst most of the tracks on the record stick to being upbeat anthems, the one song that deviates from this is the title track – which gives a slight nod towards the ballad. It opens with a slow acoustic guitar section before sliding into a gentle electric guitar solo. However, they ensure that they don’t lose themselves in the trodden ground of this style by keeping themselves chugging through the track like clockwork.
Another moment on the album worth noting is single ‘Lights Out’, one of the first songs the band wrote for the album. Initially it may seem like just another party-metal song with its thrashing sound, but the lyrics reveal a darker tale. Written following a terror attack on a pedestrian street in Drottninggatan, Stockholm – which killed five people including an eleven year old girl – this remarkably touching song brings to attention the horror these victims must have experienced during this attack.
“a solid and well-crafted heavy metal album.”
Throughout the album, vocalist Joakim Hermansson has a gritty falsetto tone – take the vocals of bon Scott and turn them up a pitch or two. Alongside this there are growling vocals that match the iconic aggression of Udo Dirkschneider. Hermansson’s vocals are a melting pot of these high pitched notes that mingle harmoniously with the backing instrumentals; however, as the record goes on novelty of these perfectly formed falsetto notes wears off slightly, becoming repetitive and sometimes overbearingly high – even becoming slightly comedic at times.
This is a solid and well-crafted heavy metal album, with guitarists Philip Nilsson and Jonatan Lavesson thrashing through power chords and Fredrik Johansson bringing in steamy thundering drums to keep up the party-metal pace throughout. It’s also the scenic song writing that manages to branch out from the themes of woman and money, by touching on social issues close to the band’s heart, which proves this album’s worth. They are a heavy metal machine and you can’t stop the chaos.