DEVLIN - GRAND DEATH OPENING - NAPALM
To be frank, Devlin is a new name to this writer and consequently one about which little information can be relayed. Apparently, the band is Austrian which might explain the group's affiliation with Napalm Records. Grand Death Opening opens, in not so grand a style, with an intro which leads to songs with titles like Death Is Our Kingdom, Dying Dream and Queen Of Razors. Given the outfit's name, the album's title, the aforementioned songs and the huge inverted pentagram adorning the CD's behind one it would be permissible to have visions of either death or black metal by now. Reality would dictate otherwise. There are bands which use keyboards and also utilize female backing vocals (dubbed K&F bands here) and there is Devlin. Here the growling male singer takes a definite backseat to the female crooner. The lady in question operatically sings her way through the entire album, not even pausing for a cover version of Billy Idol's White Wedding. The rest of the band accompany this effort by a drone of monotonous drumming and no frills riffing which completely undergoes any effort at lead work or innovation. It is as if Rammstein went underground and became bored with life. The entire affair is an exercise in wimpy and monotone rote, which takes me back to the beginning of this review. Let us keep our acquaintance with Devlin at the adieu, and not au revoir, level. - Ali "The Metallian"