(Melodic Rock Records)
Further evidence that real music, especially heavy metal/melodic rock hasn't gone extinct, Devoid come unto the scene making a strong statement with their powerful debut release, 'Cup Of Tears'. The band is comprised of, Shad Mae (guitars), Carsten Lizard Schulz (vocals), Jorris Guilbaud (keyboardss), Ben Toquet (bass) and Ben Wanders (drums). Along with special guest appearances by Mattias Ia Eklundh (Freak Kitchen - guitar), Henrik Danhage (Evergrey - guitar), Daniel Palmqvist (Beyond The Katakomb - guitar) and Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear/The Ferrymen - guitar). Just an unreal combination of musicians. The music on this album is first rate. pure melodic laced metal all the way. the band pulling no punches with. great riffs and melody to be had here. not a bad song in the bunch. killer tracks like "Soldiers", "Collective Heart", "The Clock Is Ticking" and "Killing Hands" will get your head banging and heart racing in no time. As will, the melodic "Colours Fade To Grey", title track and the album closing instrumental "Hollow Point". Everything is perfectly mixed: from Shad Mae's crunch-laden guitar riffs, to the earth-moving bass section, to Carsten Lizard Schulz's energizing vocals. It's all done with masterful precision. The result: there is nothing to annoy or distract, allowing the listener to simply focus on the music and the incredible performances throughout. All in all, this is a fantastic and well-crafted album. If you're into melodic laced metal music this is an album you are certain to enjoy. This album grabs you from the start and doesn't let up 'till it's over.
- Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society