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It's great to see them produce an album so explosive and diverse, yet so full of their staple Sleazy sound.

Italian band Hell In The Club are back with a third album, and it's definitely their best yet. I found their sophomore album 'Devil On My Shoulder' a bit of a let-down after the raucous debut 'Let The Games Begin'. 'Shadow Of The Monster' has sparks flying, harmonies singing and a rhythm section ready to let rip in every track.

'Dance' is the perfect opener; a party piece of furious Rock with a touch of Sleaze. 'Enjoy The Ride' shows just how melodic this band can be, with lively vocals and ad-lib from vocalist Dave "Damna" Moras. He has an attitude reminiscent of Josh Todd of Buckcherry fame on 'Hell Sweet Hell', a punchy track with a dirty texture. So much goes on in these tracks that you would think you might have a hard time distinguishing anything, let alone a melody. However, HITC has perfected a rough but well-balanced sound that crams plenty in. They show it off on the softer 'The Life And Death Of Mr. Nobody' with well-timed drum fills and pauses, while Moras gives another emotional and stylish vocal performance. The title track is unruly and wild, as befits this energetic band.

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'Appetite' gets a little Fatal Smile-esque with ghostly keys and plenty of backing vocals, but it's a fun touch to an album already bringing plenty to the table. This vein continues in 'Le Cirque Des Horreurs'; an amalgamation of creepy fairground sounds before a truly likeable riff breaks out and we're back up to speed with staggered backing vocals and an urgency you often only find in Power Metal. 'Try Me, Hate Me' is like a sped-up Reckless Love; it wouldn't hurt having a touch more diversity in terms of melody, but it's fun, relentless and totally engrossing. The final track is a cover of The Brains' 'Money Changes Everything'; it's slower than the original and moodier than Cyndi Lauper's version, but HITC bring their own unruly style to it, ringing out a heart-wrenching guitar solo and crashing drum accompaniment.

You'll never be bored with this album. Hell In The Club have come into their own, and it's great to see them produce an album so explosive and diverse, yet so full of their staple Sleazy sound.

Sophie Brownlee

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