Posted in Whathaveyou on June 16th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster
Moving from its former homebase in Rome to Parma, Heavy Psych Sounds Fest Vol. III is set for Oct. 28 and 29 at the MU Club. The first bands have just been announced as Fuzz Orchestra, Duel, Giöbia and Deville, but of course there will be more to come in that regard as the two-night event fills out its lineup presumably over the next couple months either one at a time or in batches.
Either way, I’ll take it. Heavy Psych Sounds Records — headed, as noted here often, by Gabriele Fiori of Black Rainbows and Killer Boogie — has done more than anyone in the last decade to promote the cause of Italian heavy rock. From signing native Italian bands to establishing a cross-continental reach with the label to booking tours and fests across Europe for bands domestic and foreign, Heavy Psych Sounds has become a brand synonymous with putting maximum passion behind everything it does. The fest that bears its name seems unlikely to be an exception.
The timing is noteworthy as well. Europe is awash in fests throughout September and October — Up in Smoke, Desertfest Athens, Desertfest Belgium, Keep it Low — so to add Heavy Psych Sounds Fest Vol. III to that pot only makes the lineup opportunities broader as more acts will be on tour. In that regard, it doesn’t seem unreasonable to think the Gozu and Holy Grove European run — the confirmed dates for which have yet to be revealed — might make a stop in Parma, considering that’s also a Heavy Psych Sounds production.
That’s not confirmed, of course, so don’t quote me on it. Just a supposition. When I hear more about who’s actually on the bill for Heavy Psych Sounds Fest Vol. III, I’ll let you know. For now, here’s the initial announcement:
Heavy Psych Sounds Records&Booking is proud to announce the:
HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS FEST VOL. III October 28 & 29 Italy, Parma, Circolo Arci MU
First bands announced: ****FUZZ ORCHESTRA**** ***********DUEL*********** **********GIOBIA********** *********DEVILLE*********
Posted in Whathaveyou on February 11th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster
Swedish heavy rockers Deville head to Germany next week for nine dates to round out February as they continue to support last year’s Make it Belong to Us (review here), released by Fuzzorama Records. The four-piece have hooked up with some new booking representation for various European territories, so it seems likely they’ll be on the road this summer as well if not before, but a week-plus in Germany after heading south to Greece last month for what appears to have been a one-off makes sense.
Hell, they could probably take Europe one country at a time throughout the rest of the year and not get tired. That would certainly be making it belong to them, it nothing else.
If you haven’t heard that record — or if you have, I suppose — it’s streaming in full below, courtesy of the Fuzzorama Bandcamp. The band sent the following down the PR wire:
Deville Germany Tour coming up next week!
We are proud to announce that we signed with two booking agencies for Scandinavia and G/A/S.
Subculture Hero will take of our bookings for Sweden, Denmark and Norway. Rodeostar Records for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. A lot of tours are in the making and we start with Germany next week! Prost!
Fuzzorama Records – home to the mighty Truckfighters, We Hunt Buffalo and more – is thrilled to release Make It Belong To Us, the fourth, and most explosive album yet from Malmö-based rockers Deville.
Well-versed in the ways of brutal melody, for over a decade Deville have built a career out of tight, hard-hitting rock and roll. Brought together in 2004 out of a shared loved for stoner metal and hard fuzz, the band – made up of lead guitarist/vocalist Andreas Bengtsson, drummer Markus Nilsson, bass player Markus Åkesson and rhythm guitarist Andreas Wulkan – are no strangers to the power of the weighted riff.
As you will hear on new song ‘Life In Decay’, the chugging, hook-laden guitars, soaring vocal and ambitious progression in song writing has shaped Deville into a leaner, meaner, and ultimately heavier sounding machine. A band that while happy to hold court with the likes of Mastodon, High On Fire and Queens Of The Stone Age, plan to not only stand beside them shoulder to shoulder, but seize the throne from under their noses.
Deville: Andreas Bengtsson – Vocals, Guitars Markus Nilsson – Drums Andreas Wulkan – Lead Guitar Markus Åkesson – Bass
Posted in Reviews on December 28th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster
Symmetry, structure and momentum. The tools put to use by Swedish heavy rockers Deville on their fourth full-length, Make it Belong to Us, aren’t exactly unfamiliar, but the record works quickly to live up to its title, offering a rich, coherent sonic personality and cutting a blazing, straightforward path through its 10 tracks/37 minutes. It’s the Malmö four-piece’s first offering through Fuzzorama Records after a vinyl reissue of their 2007 debut, Come Heavy Sleep, on Heavy Psych Sounds, and follows 2013’s Hydra (on Small Stone; review here) and 2010’s Hail the Black Sky (interview here) in being a next logical step in the ongoing development of what’s become a formidable songwriting process and all-charged, riff-led thrust.
Also Deville‘s first full-length since adding guitarist Andreas Wulkan to the lineup of guitarist/vocalist Andreas Bengtsson, bassist Markus Åkesson and drummer Markus Nilsson, who also produced and recorded with Tobias Ekqvist at Sunnanå Studio, Make it Belong to Us is three-tracks deep before it seems to take a breath with the chugging stomper intro to “Mind on Hold,” but really it’s a front-to-back run of hooks and craftsmanship across these songs, and while Deville bask in a mostly sans-frills approach, hooks like those of opener “Make it Belong to Me” and the subsequent rush of “Chief” would make them superfluous additions to such a solid foundation. Very much a successor to Hydra in its sound — Nilsson helmed that recording as well — Make it Belong to Us emphasizes the steady growth of the band’s style and even in a track like “Chief,” which is just under two and a half minutes long and pushes past quickly, they keep a keen eye for melody and a purposefulness to everything they do.
Thoroughly modern in its aural crispness and the fullness of its impact, Make it Belong to Us nonetheless takes on a classic form. Its 37 minutes divide neatly onto two vinyl sides, and the better part of its forward reach comes in the back half, with a closing salvo of four tracks that each offer some marked shift or evolutionary next step. Preceded by affirmations like the Mastodonic stomp of “Mind on Hold” or the beats-its-way-into-your-head chorus of the preceding “Out of the Black,” this later material is even more resonant, but even it holds steady to the core accessibility underlying Deville‘s songwriting. As far out as they go, they only touch four-and-a-half minutes once, on closer “What Remains” (for context, it happened twice on Hydra, one song reaching 6:30), and it’s in the overarching tightness of cuts like “Chief,” “Lever” and “Dying to Feel” that Make it Belong to Us makes its most lasting impressions.
There is a tension at work in the twists of “Lever,” but the melody remains a grounding force, and even when they seem to be their most explosive, Deville are never even close to being out of control, as much as the near-destructive swing in the bridge of “Out of the Black” might work to convince otherwise. “Lever” is also noteworthy for being part of a two-song centerpiece section, both tracks in which have one-word titles — “Lever” and “Drive”; I’m a little surprised they didn’t call it “Revel” — and for its balance of an airier verse with a stomp-into-nod apex that rounds out in an impressively efficient 3:41. All tied together, all neat and flawlessly executed. Beginning with an immediate burst, “Drive” follows suit in its open verse, but hits even harder when it decides the time is right, and though symmetrical to “Lever,” is ultimately even more of a standout.
As the launch point for the aforementioned four-song finishing movement, “Life in Decay” is particularly notable, but it’s more the insistent rhythm and snare punctuation that mark it out as the beginning of a sonic turn, rather than simply a matter of its north-of-four-minutes runtime — though these last four songs work shortest to longest, between 4:12 and 4:30, so purpose and structure abounds even unto the placement. As to where that extra time goes, it’s dedicated to a soaring melodic apex that blindsides the listener and, at least for me, has me wondering why Deville aren’t the Queen of heavy rock. “Dying to Feel” picks up at a verse-chorus run like nothing ever happened and bounces its way through terrain not so far off from earlier pieces like “Out of the Black,” except for a guitar solo that bleeds into an extended, crashing finale that holds its final feedback into the stomp-happy opening of the penultimate “Reflecting Surface.”
Surface can be reflecting, fine, but it’s also thick as hell. Dense riffs are cut through by Bengtsson‘s echoing vocals, and it’s a reminder that when they want to do so, Deville have the ability to conjure serious weight in their riffs. Even here, though, they pull together a memorable hook, and complement it with a righteous nod of an instrumental finish that seems to wink in the direction of Come Heavy Sleep‘s “Rise Above” without directly repeating it. “What Remains” is somewhat brighter, but has a larger groove in its chorus, capping Make it Belong to Us with another of the kind of ultra-catchy stretches that seem to come so naturally to (and from) Deville across their fourth LP’s deceptively brief span. The drums take off at about three-minutes in, but the band quickly turn around and come to a point around a final chorus in “What Remains” and end the record cold with the same level of pretense they affected all the way through: none. That prevailing bluntness of intent lets Make it Belong to Us get right to business at the start of “Make it Belong to Me” and leave its audience wanting more after “What Remains,” so to call it effective seems perhaps like understating it, but what one really takes away from Deville‘s latest is the band’s clearheadedness about what they want their material to do and their ability to bring that to light. No question they’ve grown, and no question they’ve done so in the right direction. They’ve made it belong to them.
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I put up a podcast last year on the day before Thanksgiving as well. At least I’m consistent. In the US, today is the biggest travel day of the year, and I continue to feel like there are few things better in this universe than hitting the road accompanied by good music. Whether you’re driving alone on your way to see family for the holiday, commuting to work (that one doesn’t necessarily have to be by car, I suppose), going to stand on line for some silly discount item or whatever it might be, I hope you find something here you consider worth bringing along for the trip.
The holidays are always a pretty stressful time — when isn’t? — so once it gets past the initial burst of heft from Tombstones, this one stays pretty mellow for the most part. Deville and Kind rock pretty hard, but once it moves into the Dirty Streets and Old Man Lizard and so on, it’s more nod than headbang, which is accurate to where my brain is at. Looking for something chill in the face of miles to cover and meals to consume. If you’re in the US, a very Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, and if not, I hope you enjoy just the same.
Track details follow:
0:00:00 Isaak, “Fountainhead” from Sermonize
0:03:58 Tombstones, “Pyre of the Cloth” from Vargariis
0:13:30 Hound, “Over the Edge,” from Out of Space
0:17:44 Deville, “Mind on Hold” from Make it Belong to Us
0:21:17 Kind, “German for Lucy” from Rocket Science
0:28:26 Dirty Streets, “Save Me” from White Horse
0:31:55 Old Man Lizard, “Craniopagus Paraciticus” from Old Man Lizard
0:40:43 Across Tundras, “No Roads in any Direction” from Home Free
0:46:52 Niche, “On Down the Line” from Heading East
0:52:11 Wired Mind, “Road” from Mindstate: Dreamscape
1:03:07 Seedy Jeezus, “Echoes in the Sky” from Echoes in the Sky
1:19:03 Dorre, “One Collapsed at the Altar” from One Collapsed at the Altar
Don’t look for Swedish heavy rockers Deville to make an appearance in their new video for “Make it Belong to Me.” The Malmö four-piece release their new album, Make it Belong to Us this week on Fuzzorama Records, and their clip for the semi-title-track is a long way off from your standard band-in-practice-space performance video. No doubt after making a full-length of such rocking proportions, they decided to give themselves the day off when filming was going on. Time well earned.
Make it Belong to Us is the follow-up to 2013’s Hydra (review here), which was a record I don’t mind saying took a while to sink in for me. Its production was so clear and crisp that it seemed more commercially minded than one might usually expect from Small Stone Records, which handled the release, but as I think “Make it Belong to Me” also demonstrates, there’s a sense of aggression under that sheen, and Deville contort that well to suit the heaviness of their purposes, so that they manage to hone a sound at once based on sonic heft, catchy songwriting and every now and again being really pissed off. Not an easy balance to strike, by any means, but Deville do it so well that it’s almost too easy to look past.
I’ll admit my affection for them increased greatly after seeing them live on their inaugural US tour last summer, and while I don’t know if they’ll be back to support Make it Belong to Us, it’s easy to listen to “Make it Belong to Me” and imagine how it would be coming from the stage, which, of course, is another credit to the album.
Video and album info follow. Enjoy:
Deville, “Make it Belong to Me” official video
Official video for the song “Make it belong to me” Taken from the album “Make it belong to us”. Rel. 13 Nov – 2015
Director: Henrik Christoffersson Producer: Nils Landén Actress: Chelsea Klikunas
Fuzzorama Records – home to the mighty Truckfighters, We Hunt Buffalo and more – is thrilled to announce the release of Make It Belong To Us, the fourth, and most explosive album yet from Malmö-based rockers Deville.
With previous releases on Daredevil Records, Buzzville Records, Heavy Psych Sounds and Small Stone Records, new album Make It Belong To Us will receive an official release on Fuzzorama Records on 13th November 2015.
Deville: Andreas Bengtsson – Vocals, Guitars Markus Nilsson – Drums Andreas Wulkan – Lead Guitar Markus Åkesson – Bass
Posted in Whathaveyou on September 24th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster
A busy couple years have gone by quick for Swedish heavy rockers Deville. The Malmö four-piece will release their fourth album, Make it Belong to Us on Truckfighters-helmed imprint Fuzzorama Records Nov. 13 as the follow-up to their 2013 full-length, Hydra (review here), which came out on Small Stone, and a reissue of their 2007 debut, Come Heavy Sleep, that was put out on Heavy Psych Sounds.
Make it Belong to Us will be the first Deville album to feature the lineup of guitarist/vocalist Andreas Bengtsson, drummer Markus Nilsson, bassist Markus Åkesson and guitarist Andreas Wulkan, the latter having joined since the release of Hydra, which in league with the reissue also served as the impetus for the band’s first US tour last year (review here). Whether or not they have similar intentions to support the new record has yet to be revealed — I don’t think one could really hold it against them either way — but they’ll be out in Europe next month to herald the forthcoming release alongside long-running rockers Mustasch, as well as playing at Desertfest Belgium 2015 and the Into the Void festival in the Netherlands.
As a first bit of audio to be made public, Deville and Fuzzorama have offered up the song “Life in Decay,” which you can find under the quickie announcement and the tour dates below:
Fuzzorama Records is streaming a first song “Life in Decay” of the new album” Make It Belong To Us” out 13th of November. The album is produced by Markus Nilsson. Recorded at Sunnanå Studio by Markus Nilsson and Tobias Ekqvist.
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Deville on Tour 10.10 Antwerpen BE Desertfest Belgium 10.16 Essen DE Turock* 10.17 Leipzig DE Hellraiser* 10.18 Berlin DE Magnet* 10.19 Hamburg DE Knust* 10.20 Koln DE Underground* 10.21 Pratteln CH MiniZ7* 10.22 Munchen DE Backstage* 10.24 Leeuwarden NL Into the Void Fest * supporting Mustasch
Posted in Whathaveyou on February 10th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster
Swedish heavy rockers Deville have announced their intentions toward a fourth long-player. Their third, you might recall, was the Small Stone release, Hydra (review here), that brought the Malmö four-piece over for their first US tour last summer, an East Coast slog in the June heat that nonetheless presumably paved the way for future incursions on the back of their next album. Well, the time for that next album seems to have arrived. The lineup of Andreas Bengtsson, Andreas Wulkan, Markus Åkesson, Markus Nilsson is writing now in advance of recording in Spring and releasing in the Fall.
For anyone who might want to delve back into Deville‘s earlier work, in 2013, Italian imprint Heavy Psych Sounds — run by Gabriele Fiori of Black Rainbows — reissued their 2007 debut, Come Heavy Sleep, in a couple different limited versions that are still available, including a new version of closer “Rise Above” with its particularly massive central riff. Hydra as well remains on sale and can be heard in full from Small Stone‘s Bandcamp under the news below.
In addition to work on the next record, Deville have announced a quick round of dates in Germany with German/Russian rockers Iguana, whose debut, Get the City Love You (review here), came out in 2012 and who have continued to play shows around Europe ever since. Not sure where Deville will be at in the songwriting/recording by the time they go out, but new material doesn’t seem unlikely.
Dates and the quick statement from the band follow here:
So! We are currently working on material for a new Deville album and hope to enter the studio later in the spring for a release this fall. That´s the plan at least.
But we will play live also and are heading out with the nice desert/psych rockers Iguana for some shows in Germany in May. Prost!
13/5-15 Cassiopeia,Berlin,Germany 14/5-15 OSE Events & Projects,Leipzig,Germany 15/5-15 Bei Adam,Coburg,Germany 16/5-15 Rare Guitar,Munster,Germany
Posted in Reviews on June 13th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster
Swedish four-piece Deville had played in Boston on Tuesday night, but having such a favorable impression of Ralph’s Rock Diner in Worcester from this year’s Eye of the Stoned Goat fest, I decided to see them there instead. An extra 40 minutes or so on the road, but they were playing with Ichabod and Connecticut’s Bedroom Rehab Corporation, so I was up for it. Ralph’s runs what it calls “Metal Thursdays” that, from what I’ve seen and been told, are usually way more metal, and some of the crowd at this show had that look. I figured them for Thursday night regulars, playing the safe bet they’d get to show up and see something heavy. Fair enough.
It was a four-act bill, with Hanson-based (which is a town I know because it’s five minutes from me) newcomers Four Speed Fury opening. Fronted by former Ichabod vocalist Kenneth MacKay, it was their third show, second with the same five-piece lineup, so one adjusted expectations accordingly. To their credit, they didn’t say as much from the stage, I heard it in the crowd — bands making excuses is perennially lame, and really, they had nothing to make excuses for. While they were clearly getting their bearings in that post-Milligram/Roadsaw balance of groove and aggression, the band named after a car and suitably motoring, they still presented the beginnings of a solid songwriting process, particularly on “Stranger,” which closed and found them at their most comfortable. Comprised of MacKay, guitarists Robb Lioy and Keith Genest, bassist Bruce Wahl and drummer Shawn McIver, they found room in their set for a take on KISS‘ “God of Thunder” and were a decent start to a night of bruising rock.
Connecticut duo Bedroom Rehab Corporation followed. I recalled the work of bassist/vocalist AdamWujtewicz and drummer Meghan Killimade from their 2013 full-length Red Over Red(review here), and I had been impressed last year with the variety the duo brought to their recorded output, but frankly, I was caught off guard by how cohesive and commanding they were live. In front of Wujtewicz on stage was a sprawling pedal array that turned his bass — pumped through an Orange Terror Bass head; those things are adorable — into a fuzzed-out echo buzzsaw or a wash of noisy feedback, and the set was impeccably constructed for maximum impact. His dynamic with Killimade impressed, and both players impressed individually as well, Killimade singing along with the songs as she stomped her way through them.
Their grooving instrumental “All Hands” made an excellent centerpiece before the more brooding “S.O.S. (Son of Siren),” and the starts and stops in “No Payment for the Boatman” only underscored how much more tonally creative and full-sounding Bedroom Rehab Corporation were, Wujtewicz showboating a bit on vocals but selling it well. There was a point at which I had to step back and tell myself that if they keep going the way they are in five years they’ll be completely unfuckwithable. Flourishes of Melvins-style weirdness that didn’t come through on the record made them seem all the more volatile, and that only worked in their favor. They’ll play Boston in the fall as well and I expect I’ll look forward to seeing them again.
I’ve seen Ichabod three times now in three months (reviews here and here), so I kind of knew what to expect, but “Baba Yaga” and “Huckleberry” from 2012’s Dreamscapes from Dead Spacemade an enticing opening salvo, guitarists Dave Iverson and Jason Adam, bassist Greg Dellaria, vocalist John Fadden and drummer Phil MacKay wasting little time in brutalizing the assembled post-burger Ralph’s masses with their riffy extremity and Fadden‘s vicious screams. Any day that dude opens his mouth is “Metal Thursday,” I don’t care if it’s Sunday afternoon. Later into the set, they brought up Ken MacKay — also Phil‘s brother — to guest on “Sleeping Giants,” the opening track from 2009’s 2012, on which he originally sang, and he and Fadden traded parts while the band loosed various furies behind, closing out — fittingly — with the newer “Squall” from the forthcoming MerrimackLP and reserving perhaps their most brutal moment for last, an atmospheric jam providing momentary respite from an onslaught for which my respect only seems to increase.
By then it had already been a long night. It was after midnight as Deville got on stage, but the four-piece came all the way from Malmö to play, and even if they hadn’t crashed with The Patient Mrs. and I the night before, sticking around seemed like the bare minimum effort to make. A big part of why I wanted to see them in Ralph’s was for the good lighting, and I had my “well of course” moment when guitarist/vocalist Andreas Bengtsson asked the sound guy to turn the lights down and put them in red. The full O’Brien’s experience, only further away. Fortunately, Deville‘s set itself was a reminder of how killer professional-grade heavy rock can be, the double-Andreas/double-Markus lineup of Bengtsson , fellow guitarist/backing vocalist Andreas Wulkan, bassist Markus Åkesson and drummer Markus Nilsson building an irresistible momentum as they ran through cuts from their 2013 Small Stone debut, Hydra (review here), like “The Knife,” “Lava” and the savagely catchy “Iron Fed,” all of them weightier in tone live — Wulkan joined the band after Hydrawas released as well, so that could be a factor — and delivered with energy that spoke to a genuine sense of performance. They could’ve been on stage at a European festival, from the look of them, and carried themselves just as well.
That level of professionalism, again, can be heard on Hydra, but the active engaging of the crowd and the four-piece’s vigor in conveying the material went a long way. Deville were seven shows into their first US tour, and coming from having an off day on Wednesday, so I expected they’d be pretty tight, but they outdid my expectations with apparent ease, and reminded me of what I dig so much about European heavy rock and particularly Swedish heavy rock: that a band can be so heavy and so raging and still craft a quality song. The largesse of the riff in set-closer “Rise Above” — also the cap to their 2007 debut, Come Heavy Sleep, recently reissued by Heavy Psych Sounds (bought the vinyl) — was among the most satisfying I’ve heard since Wooly Mammoth’s “Mammoth Bones” and they took it for everything it was worth, jamming it out to give the show a huge finish that brought the audience all the way forward and extended even the reissue’s newly-recorded version’s eight-minute runtime.
During that finale, I had a moment where it suddenly didn’t seem that unreasonable to drive two hours to see them again tonight in New Haven, and while I don’t think that’ll actually happen, the impulse was there. For a band like Deville to come and try to break ground with a US audience is an undertaking of considerable personal sacrifice, but aside from being admirable on that level, they absolutely killed it on stage, and my only hope is that this tour proves worth their while enough for them to plan another one at some point. We’ll have to wait and see, I guess. The rest of the dates are here. They didn’t make it easy on themselves, but as they showed on stage last night, hey’re obviously willing to put in some effort.