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Devian - God To The Illfated
One of my first reviews for MR was for the debut album of Devian. The band with ex-Marduk members Legion and Emil Dragutinovic amongst others delivered with Ninewinged Serpent a bonecrushing beauty. During an European tour with Vader they didn’t do a very good job though. Both Mindsaver and myself went to see that package, in respectively Den Bosch and Haarlem, but we both weren't impressed at all. On stage they just missed the power to impress. Hopefully that’s not the case with their second full-length, God To The Illfated.
God To The Illfated continues were Ninewinged Serpent left, but it doesn’t sound as impressive as its predecessor at all. With opener ‘Mask Of Virtue’ and the title track they’ve put two amazingly brutal, fast, heavy and catchy songs on this disc, but the other 8 songs… 6 of them are just mediocre tracks. Nice blackened death anthems, but they nowhere approach the status of special or original. ‘Saintbleeder’ and ‘Summerdeath’ are the worst ones on God To The Illfated. Both the songs do remind me of the soulless and powerless performance earlier this year and that’s not a good thing.
This record all in all has 2 90% songs, 6 75% songs and 2 60% ones. Furthermore their debut album impressed more as a whole. With this new baby, they didn’t succeed in overwhelming the listener by their talent. Devian just showed that they could vary their sound more than perhaps most people thought, but this isn’t really a good thing. Still they delivered a decent album, but with in mind that they made Ninewinged Serpent just a year ago I definitely know which album I will pick when I want to listen to their music.
Devian - God To The Illfated
75/1001Details Century Media
Released on Friday Dec 12th, 2008
Blackened Death / Thrash

Writer @Gilles on Tuesday Dec 9th, 2008

Tags: #Devian
Tracklisting 01. Mask Of Virtue
02. Assailant
03. The Unspoken
04. Saintbleeder
05. I’m The Pariah
06. God To The Illfated
07. Summerdeath
08. South Of Halo
09. Awaiting Doom
10. When The Vultures Have Left
Line up Legion – Vocals
Joinus – Lead & rhythm guitar
Romas Nilsson – Lead & rhythm guitar
Robert Karlsson – Bass, backing vocals
Emil Dragutinovic – Drums, percussion
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