Dark Ma­noeu­vres

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff -

Years in the plan­ning by pro­ducer, song­writer and lead vo­cal­ist Alex Cooper, but only form­ing as a band in 2016, Devil­fire fi­nally co­a­lesced as a tight unit while re­cently sup­port­ing for­mer Nightwish vo­cal­ist Tarja Tu­runen.

The level of stu­dio ex­pe­ri­ence is ap­par­ent im­me­di­ately across these 13 tracks: the easy swing of Tear Me Apart, James Bond stylings of She’s Al­ways On The Run and love-is-pain epic Ready For War? sound like a band that has been round the block a few times al­ready. The qual­ity is un­de­ni­able. And with co-pro­ducer Romesh Do­dan­goda (Bring Me The Hori­zon, Fu­neral For a Friend) mix­ing, the re­sult is loud and mod­ern, ev­ery tune crammed with vo­cal har­monies, back­ing synths and lay­ered gui­tars.

A for­mi­da­ble first al­bum.

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