Bible of the Devil
"For the Love of Thugs and Fools"
Cruz Del Sur
Bible of the Devil are the real deal. They talk it. They walk it.
Not only is Chicago's most metal institution flying the flag of New Wave of British Heavy Metal meets Thin Lizzy rock 'n' roll, but they're doing it in America by way of Italy's Cruz Del Sur imprint. The midwest region of the United States isn't exactly known for its plethora of support towards more recent hard rock and heavy metal bands which makes Bible of the Devil's tenacity and unwavering approach all the more admirable.
In their highly anticipated follow-up to 2008's "Freedom Metal," which saw the group strip down its sound and style for a more raw and personal approach, that sentiment is taken a step further with "For the Love of Thugs and Fools."
While the band could sometimes get lost in far-flung concepts on past efforts, "Fools" is as personal a record as they've ever done.
It's got all the stamps you'd expect — twin guitars, "British Steel" pounding, Lizzy/Iron Maiden vocal/guitar/bass breaks — but is also far more widely accessible without sacrificing any of the bombastic metal assault that garnered Bible of the Devil attention in the first place.
It's less filler, more rock, more to the point.
It starts with the moody and building "Sexual Overture" ala Turbonegro before launching into the scorned onslaught of "While You Were Away."
"Out For Blood" rocks with Trouble-esque and Motorhead speed, while "The Parcher" and "Anytime" rank as some of the best material Bible of the Devil has ever done — the former a soaring anthemic rocker, the latter as close to a radio song you'll ever get from the group and coming off so Phil Lynott it seeps into The Hold Steady territory.
The whole thing has harmony, has hooks, and a shit-ton of fist-pumping passion.
Bible of the Devil may not completely be reinventing the wheel, but they sure as shit will run you over with it. — 8/10, B.J. Lisko