Thursday, 17 December 2015

Deville - "Make it Belong to Us" (Album Review)

By: Victor Van Ommen

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 13/11/2015
Label: Fuzzorama Records


These tracks may not blow minds but when a good riff is a good riff, there shouldn’t be anyone complaining. And yes, these are good riffs. This streamlined approach may hold Deville back from making year-end lists but that doesn’t take away from how confident Deville is on this album.

“Make it Belong to Us” CD//DD//LP track listiting:

1). Make it belong to me
2). Chief
3). Out of the black
4). Mind on hold
5). Lever
6). Drive
7). Life in decay
8). Dying to feel
9). Reflecting surface
10). What remains

The Review:

With the hook capacity of Foo Fighters and the melancholy good times of QOTSA, Swedish four-piece Deville have laid down a rollicking new album named “Make it Belong to Us.” Having stepped up the grit in their distortion and toned down the polished sound from their previous effort, this album – out now on Fuzzorama Records – is an enjoyable slice of European stoner rock. Deville comes across here as believable, honest, and certainly likeable. Admittedly, there are few surprises on “Make it Belong to Us,” but they have the licks to boot which makes this album a good one to take along on your next Friday night on the town.

Deville’s semi-title track “Make it Belong to Me” leads off the album by putting tight riffing, huge drums, and steady vocals on display. The rest of the record follows suit. For 37 minutes, Deville delivers a set of ten tough tunes rooted firmly in the here and now, driven by strong, pro-noun happy choruses. These tracks may not blow minds but when a good riff is a good riff, there shouldn’t be anyone complaining. And yes, these are good riffs. This streamlined approach may hold Deville back from making year-end lists but that doesn’t take away from how confident Deville is on this album.

This confidence exudes itself in a variety of ways. The chorus in “Out of the Black” for example, was made for a crowd to let loose to. This penchant for melody is also found in “Lever” and “Drive,” which are prime examples of how a strong verse makes a good chorus that much better. “Dying to Feel” is rather innocuous on the surface but so deliciously infectious that in some ways makes it the highlight of the album. As a flip side to these strong choruses, Deville also delivers “Life in Decay,” whose instrumental chorus sets the stage perfectly for one of the album’s hookiest verses. With all this, it’s no surprise that Fuzzorama has added these guys to their ever growing roster of fuzzrock bands.

“Make is Belong to Us” is available here



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