When I think of metal, and even some progressive rock, visions of my mom immediately come to mind – a middle-aged conservative type, hands clasped over her ears, yelling at me to turn it down! As a teenage girl growing up in a small suburb, I was into a lot of different styles of music, all meant to be played loud, and if it made my mother recoil in generational shock, all the better. That’s what makes The Descent by Tattoo The Devil so appealing to me. It screams teen rebellelion. You’ll want to turn it up, both for the sheer joy of loud rock-n-roll and to illicit the disapproving glares of nearby parental-types who just don’t get it.
Roaring out of Chicago, Tatoo The Devil’s music is a unique hybrid of 70s-era progressive rock and grinding metal, though band has evolved into neither. Formed with the purpose to write music not confined to what’s acceptable by radio standards, they nevertheless feature some truly good vocals and artful musicianship – something not always present in their genre.
The single ‘The Descent’ (get it free below) owes as much to late 80s hair metal (not the Poison variety but rather the Queensryche type) as it does to today’s speed metal. It’s a song that slays your senses in three acts beginning with a full frontal assault, then a melodic breakdown followed by a mid-tempo rock finale. As is often said, in today’s verse-chorus-verse chorus formula for pop music, ‘they don’t write ’em like that anymore.’
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