Devils Din – One Hallucination Under God
Release date: 29th September
Label: Island Dive Records
Sounding like a mixture of early Black Sabbath and the prog rock of King Crimson, A Devils Din brings us their 3rd album of proggy psychedelia. The progressive elements in this album do not equate to long and boring, rather this album is full of mostly punctual, fun and catchy tracks. With an album title like One Hallucination Under God you are certain to have an idea of what to expect.
A problem retro-sounding bands sometimes face is when they tend to emulate their bands they are influenced by, rather than create something original. Luckily A Devils Din does not fall into this trap and has enough originality to stand on their own. The Ghost like first track Eternal Now and the great vocal harmonies of Evolution (one of the best tracks on the album) show that the band is willing to experiment with the formula.
It is difficult to escape from the band’s influences at times though, with the vocals at times sounding extremely similar to Black Sabbath-era Ozzy especially on the track Who You Are, which incidentally sounds a little like an upbeat Planet Caravan in parts. This is not necessarily a negative though, as that track was one of my favourites on the album. It goes to show how the band show their influences, while successfully adding their own touch.
Instrumentally the album sounds great, with groovy bass lines and psychedelic riffing littered throughout, which are complemented by an abundance of strange ambient noises and guitar effects. Standard on an album such as this.
If you’re looking for something new and exciting, this is not for you. If you are a psychedelic rock fan though, this is a good modern day example of how to do it right, without rewriting the rule book.
Recommended track: Who You Are