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'For The Love Of Thugs And Fools'
(Cruz Del Sur Music)
Release Date: 8th May 2012

Phil Kane

phil kane

bible of the devil

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.




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It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


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Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

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MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

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