Hailing from Chicago, their encounters with crime, violence, and street justice have provided the source material from which Bible Of The Devil have drawn to inform the Metal of sixth album 'For The Love Of Thugs And Fools'. The band's name will probably conjure up expectations of some sort of black/doom Metal holocaust or worse, a screaming Metal core whinge fest. Yes?
Well, you would be wrong. It's a slab of traditional American Metal of the eighties variety. Strangely, given the seething cauldron from where this band comes from, the album has quite a lift to it.
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On first listen you could be forgiven for thinking it is nothing more than an old fashioned Metal soup that is way past its sell by date but you would be wrong again. It mixes Steve Jones' Fire And Gasoline groove and the rifferama of early Maiden with The Four Horseman's whiskey stained grit and a generous helping of Thin Lizzy's melodic savvy.
With no particular killer standouts, there is still some great stuff to be had. There's the sax centred 'I Know What Is Right (In The Night)', the Lizzy groove of 'Anytime' and 'Yer Boy' and the opener 'Sexual Overture' begs for a Lynott vocal before it segues into the Metal charge of 'Away'.
In fact the whole album is shot through with harmony guitar work that does remind you of the Gorham/Robo partnership in a ham fisted sort of way. It's all dated of course and the ghost of NWOBHM never wanders far but 'For The Love Of Thugs And Fools' has a drive that would work great on your car's stereo as you cruise down an empty fast road on a hot summer's night.
What lets this album down is a terrible production job that has left the album sounding flat and muddy like the independent Metal 7" singles of the late seventies; amateurish and cheap.
Lacking clarity and punch, 'Raw And Order', for instance, should thunder but instead it drools out of the speakers like thick molasses rendering the song dull and uninteresting. Some might consider poor production values equal to being rough and ready but it isn't and with today's studio and computer wizardry that is simply not acceptable at all.
'For The Love Of Thugs And Fools' is a good album and it is to the credit of the song writing and musicianship that the production has not killed it stone dead. Bible Of The Devil have just about got the music right, now they just need to stop fucking about and get a decent producer and if they do exactly as he says their next album should be absolutely world class.