Wim R. : Since their start in 2009 Devil In The Club (odd name) is busy trying to make a name in the world of Sleaze rock. ‘See You On The Dark Side’ is their first release on Frontiers records and their fourth in total finding its way to the masses. The band is a special combination as two of the members earn their slice of pizza in other bands who sound completely different as Devil In The Club does. Bass player Andy is also a member of progrockband Secret Sphere and singer Dave can also be found behind the microphone in folkmetalband Elvenking. A long way from what Devil In The Club has to offer. During the eleven songs, the band means serious business presenting fierce Sleaze rock. Comparisons can be made with bands of today like Crashdiët and Crazy Lixx and the likes of Skid Row and Shotgun Messiah during their heyday back in the nineties. That the band cites Dio and Helloween as influences in their music is beyond me by the way.
‘See You On The Other Side’ is boasting a great and heavy production; compliments. The first three songs kick this album in motion showing the elements to be expected from a Sleaze rock band. Fourth song ‘Swing Like Peter Parker’ has a fun big band part during the song. Guitarist Picco, the band does not use surnames, plays a mean rock guitar during the whole album. His soloing is way above average. Frontman and singer Dave is not the most phenomenal singer you will ever hear, but his voice and the attitude he puts in to his vocals fit Devil In The Club like a glove. Throughout the whole album the backing vocals are big and massive, curious how they pull this off in a live situation? ‘Showtime’ is a more commercial sounding song that has a gem of a guitar solo hidden in it. A song with a different vibe is ‘Withered In Venice’. This song slowly creeps his way in to your ears and reminds me of Marilyn Manson. Nice squeaky solo by the way. Noteworthy is closing song ‘A Crowded Room’. The most experimental song on ‘See You On The Other Side’ boasting opera-ish passages and a full orchestration section filled with all sort of eerie soundbites. Always cool when a band just pulls out all stops.
I would not be surprised at all if Devil In The Club goes down a storm when they are on stage. These songs are made to be played live. This album is the perfect soundtrack to get a party started. Hell In The Club can keep their head firmly up with ‘See You On The Other Side’. A nice first experience I must say.