Deville Announce New Single & European Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 4th, 2018 by JJ Koczan


Swedish heavy rockers Deville are gearing up to hit the road once again next month. It’ll be their first tour in some time, and it comes along with the release of a new single through Fuzzorama Records called Gold Sealed Tomb. This in itself is a precursor to the band’s next album, which will follow behind 2015’s Make is Belong to Us (review here), after which the lineup for the band was revamped.

Given the discussion below from drummer Martin Fässberg about the more metallic influence showing itself on the new track, I’m interested to hear where it goes and if that’s something that might apply to the album as a whole in addition to this individual track. Much to discover, as always.

All kinds of dates for the calendar-marking:

New Deville single and european tour in May!

Deville will release a new single “Gold Sealed Tomb” 11th of May taken from the forthcoming album through Fuzzorama Records and will start a European tour the 9th of May.

Martin Fässberg on “Gold Sealed Tomb”:

When we first started writing music for a new album it became evident to all of us that we were quite tired of the traditional doom/stoner/sludge genre. Wulkan had this riff he used to play during soundchecks and we all liked it but a question was raised… Was it too much metal?

After some time though, it became clear that more metal was what we all wanted! Thus the album was given a very metal feeling and an effort was made to focus on traditional songwriting.

“Gold Sealed Tomb” starts with that very riff from soundchecks past and is an introduction to the full-length coming later this year.

Deville on tour:
09.05 Oldenburg, DE, MTS LP’s CD’s
10.05 Kreuzlingen, CH, Horst Klub
11.05 Salzburg, AT, Rockhouse Salzburg
12.05 Oberentfelden, CH, Böröm pöm pöm
13.05 Milano, IT, Kraken Pub
14.05 Pescara, IT, Scumm
15.05 Rome, IT, Let It Beer
16.05 Busto Arsizio, IT, Comunità Giovanile
17.05 Torino, IT, BLAH BLAH
18.05 Pisa, IT, Café Albatross Pisa
19.05 Arnstadt, DE, Rockkneipe ‘Jungfer’
20.05 Kiel, DE, Die Kieler Schaubude

Deville lineup:
Andreas Bengtsson: guitar/vocals
Andreas Wulkan: guitar
Martin Nobel: bass
Martin Fässberg: drums

Deville, Make it Belong to Us (2015)

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Snuff’est 2016 Announces Final Lineup… Mostly

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 1st, 2016 by JJ Koczan

Snuff’est 2016 is keeping secrets. As in, the Bristol-based all-dayer festival has finalized its lineup, adding Belzebong, Asteroid and Radar Men from the Moon alongside the formidable likes of Gnod, Hang the Bastard, Bong, Sigiriya, Beehoover and others. However, there’s one band who has yet to be announced and Snuff Lane, which is putting on the show Sept. 17 as well as the newly-announced pre-party the night before with Deville, Gurt, Trippy Wicked and Wiht, aren’t telling.

Sometimes in cases like that, it happens that the band is contractually obligated because of a show elsewhere not to announce other gigs, so if you happen to be familiar with who will be around Bristol or elsewhere in the UK on the nights before or after, you could maybe make a guess, but for me, I haven’t a damn clue. Will be fun to find out though.

Final posters and (announced) lineup came down the PR wire:

Snuff’est – Doom/Stoner/Psych

Snuff Lane loudly brings you Snuff’est; Bristol’s newest intimate Doom, Stoner, Psych sonic-sounding rifforgy, due next month.

All Tier-1 and Tier-2 tickets already Sold-Out and we still have another act to announce, alongside a surprise performance from some extraordinary Special Guests.

Boasting a beautiful blend of national and international artists, with some unmissable special performances; starting with stage headliners:
Belzebong – UK EXCLUSIVE
Asteroid – 1 0f 2 UK appearances for 2016
Radar Men From The Moon
Also confirmed are:
Hang The Bastard (last South-West show ever) / Gnod / Sigirya / Bong / Enos / Beehover / ANTA / Hogslayer / Oak / Sugar Horse, as well as hidden ‘Surprise Special Guests’.

Both Tier-1 and Tier-2 Early-Bird tickets have completely SOLD-OUT, with a limited number of remaining tickets on sale now.

Snuff’est All-Dayer
1 Day / 2 Venues / 3 Headliners
Saturday 17th September
Exchange and The Stag and Hounds, Bristol
RSVP/FB Event:
Ticket Link: Big Cartel / Bristol Ticket Shop

There is also a special Snuff’est Pre-Party taking place the day before, which also boasts a special UK Headline Debut performance from Deville, who have only ever grace the UK at Desertfest London 2014. They’ll be joined by Gurt, Trippy Wicked and the Cosmic Children of the Knight and Wiht.

Snuff’est Pre-Party
Friday 16th September
The Stag & Hounds, Bristol
Deville (SWE) / Gurt / Trippy Wicked and the Cosmic Children of the Knight / Wiht
RSVP/FB Event:
Ticket Link: Big Cartel

Belzebong, “Bong Thrower” live at Keep it Low 2015

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Deville Announce New Lineup

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 11th, 2016 by JJ Koczan

One listen to just about anything founding guitarist/vocalist Andreas Bengtsson writes for Deville, and you know the guy enjoys some symmetry. The songs are impeccably constructed and even when they change up the form, the quality stays high. To wit, last year’s Make it Belong to Us (review here). Still, as Bengtsson announces the new rhythm section joining he and guitarist Andreas Wulkan in the band, it’s hard to ignore the fact that he’s trading out an all-Markus battery — bassist Markus Åkesson and drummer Markus Nilsson — for an all-Martin one. No substitute for working on a theme, I suppose.

Deville welcome bassist Martin Nobel and drummer Martin Fässberg (see also sludge destroyers Suma) with the promise of more touring and writing. The band made it public/official on the social medias thusly:


It is time to announce the new line-up!

DEVILLE welcomes two familiar faces of the music scene in Malmoe. On bass we are now proud to have Martin Nobel, last known from soul rockers Bad Barber. He is, as many of you might know, one of Malmoe’s best rock guitarists so having him on board on bass will for sure add new dimensions to the riffs.

And last but definitely not least we are, after months and months of searching, excited to announce Martin Fässberg on drums. This is a guy who has been touring the world with punk rockers, Quit Your Dayjob and has the routine and skills to take the drum chair in Deville. Being in the underground rock scene for a while he is also known from bands such as SUMA and Psykonauten.

A big welcome guys! Now, let’s tour!

Deville lineup:
Andreas Bengtsson: guitar/vocals
Andreas Wulkan: guitar
Martin Nobel: bass
Martin Fässberg: drums

Deville, Make it Belong to Us (2015)

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Heavy Psych Sounds Fest Vol. III: Mos Generator, The Atomic Bitchwax, Isaak, Glowsun, Komatsu, Void of Sleep & Black Bone Added

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 21st, 2016 by JJ Koczan

Based for the first time in Parma, Italy — the two prior editions had been held in Rome — Heavy Psych Sounds Fest Vol. III has announced a massive round of bands newly joined the proceedings, set for Oct. 28 and 29. The names have trickled out over the last couple weeks, but it seems a roundup is in order, considerable as the names are. In addition to The Atomic Bitchwax, who’ll be on the road with Pentagram at the time, and Fatso Jetson, whose slot was previously announced as part of their Heavy Psych Sounds-sponsored Italian tour, the likes of Mos GeneratorGlowsunIsaakKomatsuVoid of Sleep and Black Bone have joined on.

I’d expect that means Mos Generator are about to announce a European tour, but I don’t think they’ve done so yet. They’ll head abroad supporting their new album, the excellent Abyssinia (review here), while hopefully Fatso Jetson‘s upcoming LP will be out by then as well. More on that if/when I hear it.

I’ve noted more than a handful of times how crowded the European festival circuit is for this fall, but Heavy Psych Sounds continues to put Italy on the map for heavy rock, its reach extended both domestically and internationally more than ever before, as you can see:

heavy psych sounds fest vol iii new poster

HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS FEST VOL 3 with Atomic Bitchwax, Fatso Jetson, Mos Generator, Giobia, Glowsun, Isaak….

Here to announce the HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS FEST VOL 3.

The Festival will take place in Parma, Italy at Mu Club, 90 minutes down Milan or 45 minutes up Bologna, both are the good spot to arrive with airplane. The shows will be divided between 2 stages.

***Friday 28 October ticket 15 euro
**Saturday 29 October ticket 15 euro

*2 days ticket 25 euro only available at

Line Up:
……….More bands Tba…..

Artwork by Solo Macello.



Mos Generator, “Outlander” from Songs for the Firmament

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Heavy Psych Sounds Fest Vol. III Announces First Bands

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 16th, 2016 by JJ Koczan

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 OrchestraDuelGiöbia 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 SmokeDesertfest 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:

October 28 & 29
Italy, Parma, Circolo Arci MU

First bands announced:

1 day ticket or 2 days pass available soon at

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Deville Touring Germany Next Week

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 11th, 2016 by JJ Koczan

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 feb tour

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.

Andreas Bengtsson – Vocals, Guitars
Markus Nilsson – Drums
Andreas Wulkan – Lead Guitar
Markus Åkesson – Bass

Deville, Make it Belong to Us (2015)

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Deville, Make it Belong to Us: So it Does

Posted in Reviews on December 28th, 2015 by JJ Koczan


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 Stonereview 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 StudioMake 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.

Deville, Make it Belong to Us (2015)

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Deville website

Fuzzorama Records

Fuzzorama on Bandcamp

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audiObelisk Transmission 054

Posted in Podcasts on November 25th, 2015 by JJ Koczan

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Here is the Music Player. You need to installl flash player to show this cool thing!

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:

First Hour:
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

Second Hour:
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

Total running time: 1:49:21


Thank you for listening.

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