Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Review -- DEVILSPLENDER -- Hilding From the Cold

HIDING FROM THE COLD
Devilsplender
Independent
6.5-out-of-10
Devilsplender is the kind of band name you might expect from a scream metal trio, but this music is really at the opposite end of the rock spectrum.
What you have here in Devilsplender, which is lead vocalist Ron Malowany, and whoever is in the band at the time according to their website, is pretty straight ahead rock. It's doesn't have the drive of a Rick Springstein, or the lyrics of an Elton John, but you could slot Devilsplender somewhere in between.
This is Devilsplender's fifth recording effort, following the debut of the poetically named Slowly Comes My Voluptuous Death. In listening to the debut, and now Hiding From the Cold, probably named because of their home in Edmonton, you can hear growth in Malowany's work. At the same time five CDs into a career you might expect Devilsplender would be a bit more of a household name by now.
At the same time, like a lot of beginning artists Devilsplender has apparently self-financed a lot of the work to-date, and that suggests he has a deep love of his craft.
It would be interesting to see where this guy might go with some bucks behind his next effort.
There are some solid cuts here, which show Malowany can both write and sing. I enjoyed Barstool Skinhead, The Last Pioneer and the CD's title cut.
This is an effort which promises better things to come from Devilsplender. Don't be surprised if you like this CD and that this guy becomes much more recognizable into the future.
Check them out at /www.devilsplender.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS

-- Reviews first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Aug. 22, 2007 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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