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Devil Doll


Heavy Prog

3.74 | 95 ratings

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4 stars More normal? Still great.

This is one of the more "normal" Devil Doll records, although I certainly wouldn't call anything here normal. It's less absurd and more symphonic than their previous releases. Mr. Doctor continues to be more a storyteller and "guider" if you will than traditional lead singing. The orchestra is wonderful, and it really helps full out the sound.

As with other albums, there are connections throughout much of the music which repeat, which in the case of Devil Doll, I like to call "notes of sanity" for there ability to bring us back from much of the artistic presence in their music. The organ is perhaps the perfect instrument for the music of Devil Doll, which I would equate to much of the band and this albums style. Dark, mysterious, intriguing, and powerful. My biggest complaint about this album is that they seem to have too much of a comfort zone with the material, and it is notably more plain and less stylistic than some of the others. The playing and musicianship is top notch however.

Those looking to get into the music of Devil Doll might find this as a good starting point, it's their most symphonic release and has a tendency towards more mainstream prog than some of the others. A very artistic and intriguing band, that frankly, needs to release more material.

OpethGuitarist | 4/5 |


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