Hard rock and metal are not dead, they are just not the norm anymore. With bands like Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, and AC/DC seemingly calling it quits, and Guns N Roses are the main attraction. It has become extremely difficult for new hard rock bands to find that big audience. Slipknot, Korn, and Disturbed, have legions of fans and still put out rockin’ albums but new, fresh, Avenged Sevenfold-like bands are hard to come-by. But, those bands are there, and as they gain attention, so will the fans.
That same lackluster audience goes for New York’s Year of the Locust. Their new record Devolver is good, decent, heavy rock with no blips or bleeps, but also won’t elicit any “holy shit they broke the mold” responses either. I love the way they approach this record though, and they should be commended for it as there is zero pretense to what they want to accomplish. Songs like “Sledgehammer” are total blows to the face. “Rise Up” showcases vocalist Scott McGiveron’s sharp vocals. “Imagine the Children’s killer intro leads to a bass heavy bludgeoning. “In Your Corner” shows great melody and a tightrope from group sing along to head kicks. Both “Movin On”, and “22” are radio ready,
Most of Devolver is made up of tight 3 and 4 minute snippets of controlled anarchy, and should be given a really, good listen as there is more packed in there than just 4 dudes making heavy music. The lyrics are dark, both McGiveron and lead guitarist, Peter Hellers, are stellar, and the rhythm section definitely does its job. Given the state of the indie rockers, EDM’s danceathon, and Hip-Hop’s current majesty, it is an uphill battle for bands like Year of the Locust, but if there is one thing I know about rock, and its fans… is that they are loyal, and that Rock N Roll will never die.
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