Devilment surprises greatly with their sophomore album Devilment II: The Mephisto Waltzes as it comes across as a heavier and darker album than their album debut The Great and Secret Show. It seems that the influence of Dani‘s dark and twisted mind finally caught up with Devilment as the album is just a dark tale after another.
Devilment II: The Mephisto Waltzes opens with Judas Stein which is a trashy metal type of song with a lot of hooks and a catchy melody riffs that it just creates a great hearing experience for a opening song. The cinematic influence kicks off with Hitchcock Blonde which for the title it refers to the attraction of the legendary director towards his leading actresses. Musically speaking the song is powerful and full of heavy riffs that gets a little melodic in the middle but still keeps that dark aura even though is not that gothic, it leans towards melodic death metal at times.
Under The Thunder is one of the most melodic and somber songs of the album and one that gives the gothic tone to the record. I think the style of the chorus which is an amazing vocal collaborating between Dani‘s and Lauren‘s vocals results in a echoing chorus instead of the typical beauty & the beast style. The song itself is heavily enjoyable, it is not only catchy but it is also dark, one of my personal favorites out of the record. Full Dark, No Stars has to be most beautiful song on this record, melancholic tone of Lauren‘s voice combined with the desperated style of Dani‘s voice makes this track a really gothic vivid song. It could be considered a ballad if it wasn’t for the level of darkness and melancholy involved in the song itself, so far not only my favorite song from the album but from the band.
Shine On Sophie Moone is kind of a punkish/thrash song that has a really cool eerie atmospheric background, definitely one of the heaviest songs in the record, the fact that breaks away from the rest of the album adds value and honesty to the diversity of the record. Life is What You Keep from The Reaper, is an interesting midtone song that has a lot of radio friendly elements, especially with how Lauren‘s parts are distributed through the song, it is a heavy but catchy song that it just shines on its own among the dark from the rest of the album.
Dea Della Morte (goddess of death) bring backs the record to the shadows with this riff-filled melodic tune, a good and interesting song that serves as the perfect bridge to consolidate the energy of this album. Entangled In Our Pride is a more mellow song in some way follows what Life is What You Keep from The Reaper was, this song is a bit more melodic than any other song on the album, it has its rock and roll/ hard rock moments.
The regular version of the album closes with Hell At My Back, a really fast song that encircles what Devilment brought to us with this album, dark melodies, fast riffs and somber lyrics. Definitely a great way to closed up this album.
Devilment II: The Mephisto Waltzes is not your typical extreme metal or gothic metal record, this album has a dark and somber life on it very own, not only shows how much and how serious Devilment is about creating their own sound and bringing new elements to a genre that is slowly getting back in track.
Devilment UK tour 2016
Dec 6th – Colchester, Arts Centre
Dec 7th – Nottingham, Rock City Basement
Dec 9th – Stoke, Sugarmill
Dec 10th – London, Boston Music Room
Dec 11th – Norwich, Waterfront
Dec 13th – Glasgow, Stereo
Dec 14th – Newcastle, Think Tank
Dec 15th – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms
Dec 16th – Leeds, Key Club
Dec 18th – Reading, Sub 89
Dec 19th – Southampton, Engine Rooms
2. Hitchcock Blonde
3. Under The Thunder
4. Full Dark, No Stars
5. Shine On Sophie Moone
6. Life Is What You Keep From The Reaper
7. Dea Della Morte
8. Entangled In Our Pride
9. Hell At My Back
10.The Seductive Poison
11. Father Dali
Record Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Album Length: 49 Minutes
Dani Filth – Vocals
Colin Parks – Lead Guitar
Nick Johnson – Bass Guitar
Matt Alston – Drums
Lauren Francis – Keyboards & Vocals