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Bible Of The Devil: Freedom Metal

Bible Of The Devil: Freedom Metal

Stoner Metal/Traditional Metal
Rating: 4.5/5.0

Bible of The Devil might not be a household name, but these Chicago rockers already have an impressive inventory under their belts. Since their first album Firewater At My Command was created in 2002, BOTD have recorded 4 more full-lengths, their latest being the newly released Freedom Metal. While their roots are still planted firmly in the stoner metal genre, this newest disc offers a bit of a fresh approach and some new ideas that should not only satisfy longtime fans, but also turn some heads outside the stoner circles.

BOTD have always had a cleaner, less distorted sound than most of their fellow stoner bands, and are one of the few that I've head with a noticeable NWOBHM influence. Both of those facts remain true on 'Freedom Metal.' The main difference on this new CD is that there are more anthem-type songs and a couple, namely 'Heat Feeler' and 'Ol Girl' have a feel-good, AC/DC vibe to them. Singer Mark Hoffmann, who normally sounds like a cross between Lemmy and Paul Stanley, even sounds like he is trying to do a Bon Scott impression on the latter.

Even though I enjoy most of BOTD's previous material, I am glad to see them trying new things, especially when it works out as well as it does on this disc. While I still consider their 2006 release The Diabolic Procession to be their best to date, Freedom Metal is yet another solid release from Bible Of The Devil.


In Short

Even though I enjoy most of BOTD's previous material, I am glad to see them trying new things, especially when it works out as well as it does on this disc. While I still consider their 2006 release The Diabolic Procession to be their best to date, Freedom Metal is yet another solid release from Bible Of The Devil.

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