The Devil’s Blood – The Time Of No Time Evermore   Leave a comment

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Released in North America on the 25th of May 2010 (but available in Europe since September 11th 2009) by Van Records in Germany, The Time Of No Time Evermore by the Dutch Devil’s Blood brings back a feeling of ghosts, of ‘Das Unheimliche’. Haunted by its own beautiful ghosts, it resonances the familiar/unfamiliar groundbreaking uncanny music of bands like Black Sabbath and Coven. I don’t buy into the whole occult thing on a literal level, but I love the theme of the occult in the literary sphere. Not to mention my love for acts like Blood Ceremony, Coven, etc. Being uncanny, The Time Of No Time Evermore sounds and feels familiar, yet foreign at the same time. According to Freud, this results in a feeling of ‘it’ being uncomfortably strange. Yet there is another aspect of the uncanny. (There are dozens by the way). It can also be linked to the mysterious possibilities of a literal dark space, for example, imagine the exciting, mysterious feeling of a night in the woods. Exactly this quality sets the record apart from the bulk of releases in the doom genre.

Exciting, eerie yet strangely comforting, its sound is ‘simple’ or clear, but with very intricate compositions. Listening to the album, I always skip the first song, The Time Of No Time, and I forward to the second, Evermore. I think this song could well serve as the opener. The 2nd shortest song of the album, it represents what makes The Devil’s Blood so great: a strong composition, very strong vocals (rumor has it the singer was recruited without any prior experience in singing), fitting solo’s and solid riffing. Moving up one step, we delve into I’ll Be Your Ghost. For the record, I will not delve into the lyrics. Partly because she sounds incomprehensible, and partly because the sound of her voice (rather than the lyrics) form the essence of this ritual. Like Cocteau Twins’ best albums, you can’t make out what she’s singing, yet the tones fit the music and enhance the whole experience.

The Yonder Beckons slows the process down beautifully, and lays the foundation for the blazing House Of 10.000 Voices. With an album as strong as this, it’s hard to name favorites, but surely this is one. Building spherically towards an expanding sound of gloom, it’s at the same time beautifully crafted and executed. The singer’s voice is brought more to the foreground, with the guitar following the vocals. Almost like a B-side to the excellent A-side of House Of 10.000 Voices, Christ Or Cocaine brings the album into the 2nd half of the album.

Queen Of My Burning Heart resonates vintage Pentagram a little, and this far into the album I notice the clear references to Roky Erickson, another (un)familiar ghost. Skipping Angel’s Prayer and moving to Feeding The Fire With Tears And Blood, this song sets the stage for the mighty Rake Your Nails Across The Firmament. Starting steady with unremitting rhythm, it beautifully melts into the epic closer The Anti-Kosmik Magick. 2nd best song on the album, and be sure to google anti cosmic satanism for a good laugh. Or a mythical cosmogony.

Having released one 7” (The Graveyard Shuffle, 2008) and one mini cd (Come Reap, 2008) prior to The Time Of No Time Evermore, this album moves the band rapidly forward into whole new occult territories of ritualistic doom. Not to mention, you have to see The Devil’s Blood live. Satanic imagery coupled to a strong live performance makes a Devil’s Blood ritual a must-see. 9/10

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Van Records
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Review Written By Sandrijn van den Oever


Posted June 23, 2010 by doommantia in The Devil's Blood

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