Sometimes it takes something a little simple to stir your heart, and simple is never the same as stupid in music. It might seem so obvious, but a basic love of the material seems to help. This album is very simple - but a little bit of a back story. Formed in 2000 in Copenhagen, Denmark out of the ashes of a death metal act called '"Dominus" when lead singer Michael Poulsen got sick of the death metal scene, this band have taken their own form of rock n roll, turned it up to 11 and then unleashed it onto the world. This was their second release back in 2007 it made number one in the Danish charts and they have been going from strength to strength around the world, with the recent addition to their discography 'Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies' proving very popular. But that is the future; we are concerned with 'Rock The Rebel/Metal The Devil'.
From the word go, it is action; it is all systems go, it is up for a party. First song "The Human Instrument" it could not get off to a better start, that song is just one of the best openers I have ever had the pleasure to hear. Heading headlong into the wonderful "Mr. & Mrs. Ness" and "The Garden Tale" you have to worry if they put too much of their quality material at the beginning a bit like the beginning of 'Cleansing' by Prong, but these crazy bunch of Danish cats are a little more clever than that to be honest. They just keep on pilling the quality up; song by song it just keeps rising. Every song on this album is designed to make you bogie and dance; there are a slow number... I say slow numbers, but songs like "Sad Man's Tongue" and "Soulweeper #2" are just faster songs in disguise. Even when they are being slow and soulful, they just move your heart in a different way.
I have to be honest; I can find no fault with this album, band or anything going on here. I really love the whole vibe that is going on here. From beginning to end this is a fun album, it would not be fair to say it is the best album ever as I have heard better, but I am struggling to think of another album that has made me smile from start to finish. If you’re looking for one of the best albums to come out of Denmark for many a year, look no further than this record. To think this came from the ashes of a death metal band is just brilliant.
9 out of ten - Almost perfect, almost.....
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Live performance of "The Human Instrument"