The Thousandfold Epicentre by The Devil's Blood on Apple Music

11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

A move to Metal Blade Records initially drew concern from ardent disciples of what was once the best-kept secret of Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Would money and resources thin the complex sound of occult rockers The Devil’s Blood? But no; the band's sophomore album is an improved and enhanced progression. The introductory piece “Unending Singularity” sets an eerie and foreboding mood, with stark piano movements creating an unsettling sound inspired by John Carpenter's 1978 theme song for the horror film Halloween. This is followed by “On the Wings of Gloria,” a psychedelic slice of proto-metal that blends sonic accouterments of late-'60s garage rock with the dark and fetching melodies of Blue Öyster Cult. Throughout The Thousandfold Epicenter, frontwoman Farida Lemouchi balances her soulful singing with cool restraint, at times recalling the bewitching charisma of Coven’s Jinx Dawson—especially in the vintage-toned “Fire Burning,” which rocks like an outtake from 1969’s Witchcraft Destroys Minds & Reaps Souls. “Feverdance” closes; it's a pagan-themed acid-rock epic spanning more than 15 minutes.

EDITORS’ NOTES

A move to Metal Blade Records initially drew concern from ardent disciples of what was once the best-kept secret of Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Would money and resources thin the complex sound of occult rockers The Devil’s Blood? But no; the band's sophomore album is an improved and enhanced progression. The introductory piece “Unending Singularity” sets an eerie and foreboding mood, with stark piano movements creating an unsettling sound inspired by John Carpenter's 1978 theme song for the horror film Halloween. This is followed by “On the Wings of Gloria,” a psychedelic slice of proto-metal that blends sonic accouterments of late-'60s garage rock with the dark and fetching melodies of Blue Öyster Cult. Throughout The Thousandfold Epicenter, frontwoman Farida Lemouchi balances her soulful singing with cool restraint, at times recalling the bewitching charisma of Coven’s Jinx Dawson—especially in the vintage-toned “Fire Burning,” which rocks like an outtake from 1969’s Witchcraft Destroys Minds & Reaps Souls. “Feverdance” closes; it's a pagan-themed acid-rock epic spanning more than 15 minutes.

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About The Devil's Blood

Hailing from the Dutch city of Eindhoven, where they were first conceived in 2006 by guitarist Selim Lemouchi, the Devil's Blood hark back to the earliest sightings of '70s heavy metal (Black Sabbath, Uriah Heep, Leaf Hound) and the darker side of '60s psychedelia and folk (Coven, Comus, Black Widow, the 13th Floor Elevators) for the inspiration behind both their music and ritual-like concerts -- which usually see the bandmembers performing occult ceremonies drenched in blood! Before they ever set foot on-stage, however, Lemouchi and his handpicked singer, F. the Mouth of Satan, collaborated on a set of demos that eventually paved the way for 2008's "Graveyard Shuffle" single and Come, Reap EP. The latter quite simply took the underground hard rock and metal scenes by storm, scoring the Devil's Blood a string of American dates in support of doom icons Pentagram at the start of 2009. This growing notoriety also led to an American deal with Profound Lore Records, which unleashed the band's debut album, The Time of No Time Evermore, in September 2009. The Thousandfold Epicentre followed in 2011 on Metal Blade. In early 2013, the bandmembers announced that they would be putting the Devil's Blood to rest, and later that year released their third and final album, III: Tabula Rasa or Death and the Seven Pillars. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia

  • ORIGIN
    Eindhoven, The Netherlands
  • FORMED
    2006

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