Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Devil – "Magister Mundi Xum/The Noble Savage" (Review)

By: John Slaymaker

Album Type: Compilation
Date Released: 7/12/2012
Label: Soulseller Records


‘Time to Repent’ is much heavier and you can begin to hear all the influences like Witchfinder General and Pentagram. The band don’t seem to make nearly enough noise for five people but do make an excellent classic sounding atmospheric record with the NWOBHM influences riding high in the mix.’

“Magister Mundi Xum/The Noble Savage” CD track Listing

1) The Arrival (1:53)
2) At the Blacksmiths (4:11)
3) Spirit of the Cult (4:31)
4) Time to Repent (5:43)
5) I Made a Pact (2:33)
6) Welcome the Devil (4:39)
7) The Noble Savage (5:18)
8) Blood is Boiling (4:29)

Devil is:

Joakim Trangsrud | Vocals
Stian Fossum | Guitar
Thomas Ljosak | Bass
Ronny Ostli | Drums
Kai Wanderas | Guitar

The Review

Good evening,   I guess you’ve come to see the Devil!

After the initial creepy sample in ‘The Arrival’ the album kicks off with ‘At The Blacksmiths’ which starts with a stonking riff and Sabbath esque vocals of ‘alright now’ it canters along and evolves into one big catchy chorus that gets you singing along almost immediately.

‘Spirit of the Occult’ is another song that seems to be built around its chorus and the drumming and vocal style is very reminiscent of The Ramones. ‘Time to Repent’ is much heavier and you can begin to hear all the influences like Witchfinder General and Pentagram. The band don’t seem to make nearly enough noise for five people but do make an excellent classic sounding atmospheric record with the NWOBHM influences riding high in the mix.’

'Welcome the Devil’ continues this decent riffage with a laid back feel around the vocals, which lets the guitars carry the song in a good ole fashioned chugger. ‘The Noble Savage’ was originally a single with the last track ‘Blood is Boiling’ as the b side or double a. These two songs don’t particularly sound out of place but round off this collection nicely. ‘Devil’ are one of the better bands in this current resurgence of occult type doom bands. I look forward to their next full length release.


“Magister Mundi Xum/The Noble Savage” is available here



FFO: Witchfinder General, Pentagram, Hour of 13, Witchcraft

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