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Devil Master - Ecstasies Of Never Ending Night review

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Band: Devil Master
Album: Ecstasies Of Never Ending Night
Release date: April 2022

01. Ecstasies...
02. Enamoured In The Throes Of Death
03. Golgotha's Cruel Song
04. The Vigour Of Evil
05. Acid Black Mass
06. Abyss In Vision
07. Shrines In Cinder
08. Funerary Pyre Of Dreams & Madness
09. Precious Blood Of Christ Rebuked
10. Never Ending Night

Not all music that sticks its tongue firmly in its cheek is that good, but there's a sweet sweet spot in music that embraces its own ridiculousness without compromising its quality.

I mean, take a look at Devil Master's Metal-Archives pic. Look at the band members' pseudonyms. Something feels like clearly the band is aware and playing into some of the cheese that comes packaged with the old school black metal vibe. It is maybe not as evident in the cover art, which is admittedly a really great one, nor does "Ecstasies Of Never Ending Night" sound like as raunchy of a title as "Satan Spits On Children Of Light". Regardless of whether Devil Master are completely serious or they're tongue-in-cheek, the music on Ecstasies Of Never Ending Night is something that's definitely worth taking seriously.

With a bit in terms of lineup changes, reducing the sextet from Satan Spits On Children Of Light to a more manageable quartet, Devil Master sound even more burnished both in how organic and polished the sound is, and in how the genre mixes here makes the music sound even more direct. Despite the clear black metal aesthetic, a lot of the music cloaks itself in its cold second wave atmospheres and ghastly roars while letting the goth rock and death rock undertones that were already present on Satan Spits On Children Of Light take even more of the sound, even overtaking the crust punk element this time around. It's something you could simply call "black 'n' roll" and you wouldn't be amiss, but Devil Master really marry the gothic aesthetics of all of these sounds.

Of course, there's more to Ecstasies Of Never Ending Night than just an improved sound quality and a nice genre blend. The biggest upside is that it's just a really fun album, somehow contrasting with how unengaging I found Darkthrone's recent material yet living in a somewhat similar space. The melodies on display are fantastic, and even if the vocals do sometimes feel like the weaker element, there's a certain campiness to them that doesn't feel like it detracts from the music itself. And indeed, there's a campiness that permeates the entirety of Ecstasies Of Never Ending Night, making its entire grimness even easier to engage with. It's maybe a bit less wild and spontaneous that it's predecessor, but that feels more like the result of a band that is more in control of its own side rather than any slowing down of their energy.

So maybe most metal would get better if it stopped taking itself so darn seriously, while still taking its songwriting seriously.

Written on 15.06.2022 by Doesn't matter that much to me if you agree with me, as long as you checked the album out.


Comments: 4   Visited by: 40 users
16.06.2022 - 16:00
Rating: 9
Nocturnal Bro
Thanks for reviewing this! One of the first albums of 2022 that I listened to and still one of the best in my opinion!
I wasn't picking up on the campy elements you mentioned, but I'm glad you enjoyed the album too!

It's something you could simply call "black 'n' roll" and you wouldn't be amiss, but Devil Master really marry the gothic aesthetics of all of these sounds.....a really fun album
17.06.2022 - 00:32
X-Ray Rod
At times it sounds like Lamp Of Murmuur with with a much cleaner production. I really dig it.
Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
17.06.2022 - 17:36
delicious dish
The comparison to Darkthrone actually fits quite well! It feels like what those two were going for a few years ago but just mostly more fun? Ig Darkthrone still had the rougher aesthetic which gave them their charme, this one is much more clean
You are the hammer, I am the nail
building a house in the fire on the hill
20.06.2022 - 16:19
Rating: 8

Great review, I think you nailed it. I love this band and their campy, gothy death-rock-crust-punk genre bending. It's a clear AOTY contender for me, I just have no idea which category it belongs in

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