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CD Review - Emperors and Elephants- Devil In The Lake

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Anticipation , that is one word that comes to mind when I think of this release .I have anxiously been waiting for this release to drop for many months now . Let me back track a minute . I had a chance to see the band Texas Hippie Coalition a few years ago and meet an amazing guitar player by the name of Randy Cooper . I have talked with him a few times since that meeting including the Dean Guitars NAMM Jam so when I found out that he was in a new band I could not wait to get my hands on the disk . Well ladies and gentleman the wait was well worth it . Let me present “Devil In The Lake “.
The disk opens up with “ Bring It Down “a groovy crunchy guitar number with vocals that wrap around the melody very reminiscent of Alice in Chains . Up next is “ Who You Are “ a great song with subtle but intricate drumming and catchy lyrics with of course great guitar work .The eerie “ Your Will “ stars off soft and slow but the song soon quickens like a movie with highs , lows and drama and suspense . “ Man of God “ with its futuristic sound and message about becoming better is a really interesting take on the subject . The industrial opening style of “ Locust “ really proves what metal is about .The bass, vocals, guitars and drums really make a statement about what true musicians can do at the top of their craft . The song “ Hit of Red “ beautiful and melodic slow suspenseful style is a nice departure from the normal style of most metal songs . From the ashes of the grunge scene comes “ Deep Sleep “ but blended with a modern style all rolled into one . “ Change “ come ups next and its rock radio style will easily please both new and old fans alike . A remake of Chris Issak ‘s “ Wicked Game “ is up next and with its hard rock edge its pretty damn cool . “ Ghost in the Mirror “ is sad tale of what we all go through from time to time .The styling of Jesse Andrews on vocals really shine on this song . The piano opening of “ You and I “ was a pleasant surprise in the vein of Savatage . The last track on the album is a remix of “ Man Of God -Dupermang” I really like this a lot actually it’s a great mix up . The band consists Jesse Andrews on vocals , Randy Cooper on guitars,Jeph Stiph on guitars Ron Vanders on bass and Jason Meudt on drums . The album is dropping on Jan 21, 2014 on Pavement Records and I give it five out of five stars . The bands official website is http://www.emperorsandelephants.com/

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