A Reading from the Bible of the Devil

Posted in Features on February 4th, 2009 by H.P. Taskmaster

Handtrucks are not for playing on.Chicago twin-guitar madmen Bible of the Devil and I first crossed paths in Austin, TX, during the 2004 South by Southwest festival. I was a drunken lad stumbling my way through the back alleys of the hip part of town, and they were about to make me understand the appeal of Iron Maiden with acrobatic fretwork the likes of which I’d never seen before and have encountered precious few times (and mostly at subsequent BotD shows) since.

After tracing a path through albums like 2003’s Tight Empire and 2005’s Brutality, Majesty, Eternity, it became clear that although they destroyed on stage, their albums never quite captured the same energy. The Diabolic Procession, which followed a year after Brutality, was no different. The songwriting, however, never ceased to grow, and with their latest, Freedom Metal, the four-piece blaze their way through riff after gorgeous riff topped with ballsy classic rock vocals and the same down and dirty rhythms that had heads banging in the first place, all while coming the closest yet to that back bar, max volume vitality.

They’re beyond stoner rock, beyond classic rock, and completely free. After the jump, guitarist/vocalist Mark Hoffmann explains just what the hell that means. Read more »

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