When you sit your ass down for a nice relaxing morning cup of coffee on your deck, The Devil You Know is not your album.
When you want to hear something chill as you wind down for bed, The Devil You Know still ain’t your jam.
When you just got off work and your boss was a total douche canoe and you need a little something with some testicular fortitude to compliment the sound of your engine as you leave your eight hour hell… NOW YOU REACH FOR THE DEVIL YOU KNOW.
The Devil You know is the forthcoming album from the cow town devils you know as GRINDHOUSE. The mood of most of the album makes you want to move, whether that’s bouncing around in a pit or driving slightly faster than the law allows. If simple notes coming out of your speakers can cause a physical response, I’d call that a success.
Our intro track The Doctor is in is somewhat reminiscent of something off Queensryche’s Operation Mindcrime. As it fades the next track starts to build up with David’s vocals. A cool little effect that you’ll miss if you don’t listen straight through. Each song from Start to finish has a great tempo and keeps your foot tapping the whole time. In a live setting your fists should be pumping pretty much non stop.
At the time of this writing, I have four songs that make my list for best of the bunch
- Bulletproof Soul – It comes out of the gate hard as hell, has bits of Motorhead and Statix-X sprinkled right on top. The tone of those Hardluck King guitars is pretty damn sick really. Really at the end, Bulletproof Soul is a concept that I can identify wiith. and may even help with that boss you were dealing with earlier!
- Death Starstruck – To continue what I was saying about the guitars in the last point, they have a low growl that Se7en and David do a great job of pulling dirty nasty rhythm chunks out of them for Death Starstruck. Great vocal harmonies from the rest of the guys on the recording, but the bands also seems to have a great time playing this one live.
- Skeletons – First, I’m not sure why but I’m just a fan of songs that start out bass or drums only and stack the vocals and guitars on the rhythm as the song progresses, that’s what they did on this track. Second, I love the lyrics to this one, it’s also where I nabbed the title of this review from.
- Pray for me – That angry guitar tones out of Se7en are something like a love child of Dimebag and Morello while David and crew worked hard on nailing those vocal harmonies that really took the song up a notch. This song is catchy and will stick in your head for a while after you listen to it, and I suspect the longer I have the album, the longer it will stick in my head. I’d like to see more creative vocals like this in the future
My one complaint that I have is that I may have put the Mob Rules (Sabbath Cover) somewhere closer to the middle. I’m the type of guy that listens to an album front to back and I don’t usually skip around. I’d rather be left with original music in my ear at the end of my listening experience. It’s not huge problem as it’s mostly just my preference, but hey.. That’s why you’re reading this right?
September 17th will be the big day for Grindhouse as they release The Devil You Know to what’s sure to be a packed show at the legendary Alrosa Villa. Also appearing will be 8LB Pressure, Triad Eternal and Dread Engine, a few of the other powerhouses of the Ohio rock scene. Direct support will be American Bombshell who will be making the trek from Indiana.
You can get tix by contacting any of the bands.
Have a look at this ridiculous promo announcement below done by our very own Brian Kuhn.