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Devil Master’s “Desperate Shadow:” Just What Every Metal Fan Needs

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It’s hard to believe given the amount of buzz surrounding Philadelphia’s Devil Master over the past couple of years, but the band’s forthcoming album will be their first full-length. I can’t recall whether I checked out the compilation they appeared on last year or the EP they put out the year before, but I feel like a fool for not paying closer attention: I am now fully on board.

On their new song, “Desperate Shadow,” Devil Master get at once creepy, aggressive, rocky and frosty. The six-piece meld traditional heavy metal with black metal, adding a rock n’ roll sensibility that’s not unlike the path Tribulation have forged over their past couple of albums… except a bit more aggressive and slightly less glam rock-oriented (think: more Celtic Frost, less Ratt). It’s hard for me to imagine fans of pretty much any sub-genre of metal not digging this. Except deathcore… I definitely don’t see Winds of Plague fans two-stepping in the pit to this.

Satan Spits on Children of Light comes out March 1st on Relapse; pre-order here.

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