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Trucker Diablo: The Devil Rhythm
Trucker Diablo The Devil Rhythm review

Trucker Diablo: The Devil Rhythm

(Melodic) Hard/Heavy Rock
4.0/5.0

The juggernaut that is Northern Ireland's heavy rockers Trucker Diablo seems to be an ocean removed from context. Blending classic hard rock, with a bit southern influence, and heavy metal, Trucker Diablo rumbles and roars as if they should be driving a semi down I-85 into the deep South. The Devil Rhythm was produced and self-released by the band in 2010.

Trucker Diablo Band Photo

Above, Trucker Diablo: we can kick our own asses, thank you very much.

Now picked up by American label Ripple Music, this work is set for re-issue and greater international distribution in 2012. In between these things, Trucker Diablo has caused quite a stir in the UK, thanks to their appearance 2011's Download festival and interest from Joe Elliot, Cormac Neeson, Dee Snider, and Thin Lizzy's Ricky Warwick, who appears on Juggernaut.

The prominent characteristics of Trucker Diablo are obvious: gritty monster riffs, a gargantuan and thundering rhythm section, and some solid traditional rock guitar soloing. While the band can be bombastic and devastating throughout, they also have a sense of hook and melody allowing for an accessibility in their heaviness. You catch this right from the start with clever, catchy, and funny, Drink Beer Destroy. But this motif repeats itself on Juggernaut, Stand Up and Fight, Rattlehead and Running Scared. Sometimes things get a little tedious as with the repetition of Big Truck or the pummeling weight of Black and Blue. Yet while you may feel like your being run over by that eighteen wheeler, you're also banging your head and tapping your toes simultaneously. Perhaps this is Trucker Diablo's 'x-factor:' there's something instantly likeable about their groove that makes you want to listen from beginning to end.

On The Devil Rhythm, Northern Ireland's Trucker Diablo delivers the goods, melodic and heavy, thundering and confident, hard rock. Quite recommended.






In Short

On The Devil Rhythm, Northern Ireland's Trucker Diablo delivers the goods, melodic and heavy, thundering and confident, hard rock. Quite recommended.

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