Devil You Know + Guests – Live @ The Fleece, Bristol (24/1/17)

With the metal in full check from front to back, The Fleece filled up nice and slow for what will be an enjoyable night of riffs, punchy anthems and even a few xylophone solos.


Opening the night was this South East London quintet who were able to show off their talent through and through. The sound started off quite piercing but after a minute or so, the band started to flow much more impressively and were able to bring everything to an amazing cultivation. Tracks like ‘Lucidity‘ and ‘Deep‘ off of the new record mesmerised the skimmed out venue and gave the band something positive to enjoy and take away from their set

Rating: 7/10


With this band, it was a very mixed approach from start to finish. Comparing it to huge bands such as Five Finger Death Punch and Nickelback in terms of their musical approach might feel like a negative statement, but half of the time the instrumentation, like in the track ‘Butterfly‘ was really striking and caught a few people off guard. Unfortunately, the vocal aspect was mostly a miss as the somewhat cliche lyrics and dulled out singing/screaming, which brought some audience members to wincing, pushed this band further down than they should have been. A solid force that couldn’t find it’s balance.

Rating: 5/10


Probably the most mixed in terms of genre on the bill, Canadian destroyers through themselves right into the line of fire with aggressive guitars, technical prowess and a strong vocal screaming game from two of the members. The track ‘The Only Cure‘ showed off how they were able to flow from different musical styles really well and brought in a whole lot of new fans with them. The xylosynth was the talk of the whole night, watching Johnny DeAngelis work his sticks all over the board in songs like ‘Barn Burner‘ that would make any keyboardist feel many amounts of shame. Overall, this set brought so much to the table and made the night feel that much more special.

Rating: 9/10


On comes the final act of the night and boy did they not disappoint! Making you feel right at home and the small moshpits forming, Devil You Know made their presence known. The force of the instrumentation rang through with their first song ‘Consume The Damned‘ and only proceeded to throw punch after punch. Tracks such as ‘Stay of Execution‘ had an amazing taste with it and every member threw their all into it. The only small niggle that could have come from the night was from Howard Jones‘ vocals. From beginning to end, the vocals sounded like they were stuck in treble and pierced through the quietness of the set interludes. The screams were made to sound monstrous through this and the bassist’s vocals were pitch perfect to the record, but the way that Howard’s vocals sounded live may turn people off from an EQ standpoint.

Rating: 8/10

Brutai Release New Video For ‘Never Change’

Brutai have released a new video for Never Change and show just how brightly they can shine. Brutai set themselves alight with the illuminated surroundings in their new video directed by Ben Herbert.

Vocalist and keyboard player, Alex Lorimer said: We’re really excited to bring you our latest single ‘Never Change’. This song is about the bad traits we possess in life, and the way they can consume you if you don’t open up about them. It is about progressing towards a stage where we can open up to others in order to heal and turn a new page.”

The band’s debut album Born will be released on the 25th November and you can pre-order it here.

Check out the Never Change video below.

Brutai – Born

Brutai, a metal fivesome hailing from London/Reading, are due to release their debut album, Born, on 25th November via Transcend Music.

Brutai do not mess around in introducing their album. The first track, Relapse, launches straight into the hook that repeats itself throughout the song. The keys help the guitars and bass to ease off the heaviness that generally comes with the metal genre, giving Brutai an almost techno feel. The second track, Deep, is different to Relapse in that it starts with an almost pop punk feel, before going back into those heavier riffs. The chorus has backing vocals harmonising with the lead, showing the talent of each vocalist because they can not only scream, but sing, and sing well. The listener can imagine the live performance that Brutai would undeniably give, just based on the first few tracks of the album alone.

One of the most diverse tracks on the album is Valediction. The six and a half minute track contains heavy metal, melodic metal, a slow bridge, and vocal harmonies to name a few. This track switches between mainstream and alternative in a brilliant way and it’s clear that the members that make up Brutai are excellent musicians.

Once the listener gets to the second half of Born the tracks begin to blend into one and sound the same. Born would be a better album if there was more diversity between tracks rather than within them, just to break up the album a little more. However, suddenly there is a difference in sound with Over Now and The Border at the end of the album, the vocals are softer and the guitar has backed off just a little. However, the thing that makes Brutai different to other bands of the same genre is probably the tasteful use of effects. There is the usual distortion, reverb etc, but the ending to Lucidity contains expert muffling of the overall sound, giving a clear ending to the song.