The Devil’s 3rd is a thrash/heavy metal band from Tilburg founded in 2012. On January 22, 2016 they released their debut EP ‘Ventriloquism’. A five song EP that’s only online available on Spotify, iTunes and Youtube.
I listened to this EP on YouTube and the first time my feelings were mixed. A nice portion of thrash metal how I like it, but the vocals and the quality of the sound were not convincing me in first place. The guitars are sounding to cheap and the drums to flat. A day later I listened to it again and suddenly I was much more enthusiastic about the sound and vocals. Don’t ask me how, but it just felt good! I was blown away by the raw thrash riffs, aggressive vocals and poundings drums. Because that’s what you basically can expect from this EP.
Overall the music and compositions are very good. Nice songs with all the elements a metalhead needs, including hauling solos and aggressive guitars riffs. Funny thing to know is that the riff they use in the intro of the song ‘I, Dictator’ reminds me extremely to Megadeth’s ‘She Wolf’. So, nothing wrong with that! If the riffs and heavy songs are not metal enough for you, they also added some typical King Diamond screams to this record. I just don’t know what to think of that. You like it or you don’t like it. I’m in the middle! It’s quite unique nowadays, so that’s nice for one song. On the other hand it’s not very easy listening if you hear it every song.
But that was just a sidenote. This is just a perfect metal EP if you like heavy or thrash metal. I highly recommend this one to you metalheads, because all the ingredients are in there. From aggressive vocals to awesome guitar riffs and from musical surprises to perfect fitting guitar solos.
Score: 7.8/10 ★★★☆☆
01. Desert Storm
02. I, Dictator
03. One Track Mind
04. The Devil Speaks
05. Discipline Is My Sword