Devil To Pay - 'Fate Is Your Muse'

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Devil To Pay - 'Fate Is Your Muse'

Could be one of the key hard rock releases of 2013.

Ten years on from their barrelling debut 'Thirty Pieces Of Silver', Indianapolis's Devil To Pay continue to pulverise and mesmerise with their uncompromising sounds. Now on to album number four, 'Fate Is Your Muse' showcases a hard stoner rock band outdoing themselves yet again.

Like brothers in arms Orange Goblin and Corrosion of Conformity, heavy, fuzzy riffs and gravelly, almost howling vocals lead the way: a frighteningly powerful concoction. But just like their contemporaries mentioned, beneath the fuzz of DTP is a tight unit working with astonishing precision and talent.

The southern rock stomp of 'Already Dead' threatens to make you dance with its irresistibly catchy central blues riff, before the uncharacteristically fast, punk-like hard rocker 'Train Won't Stop' is an order to headbang, thanks to the blustery guitar work, Steve Janiak's hoarse grumbles and some crashing drums. 'Wearin' You Down' and 'Yes Master' provide further proof that DTP, and in a wider sense stoner rock, is not all about the overdrive setting on a guitar amp: listen carefully and subtle nuances breach the surface. While not exactly well known for their delicateness, indeed bands of the genre are seen as a grab-n-grunt style of guitar playing and singing respectively, 'FIYM' shows that there are a select few who are doing things right.

With riffs so deep, powerful and smartly effective it falls to the drummer to keep everything in line. Luckily Chad Prifogle is just as good as his string-slappin' buddies keeping everything locked in tight and throwing out some razor-sharp time changes.

While not wanting to tempt fate, it seems clear on this evidence that 'Fate Is Your Muse' could be one of the key hard rock releases of 2013.

Dan Bond

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