Review: Devoid – Cup Of Tears

Review: Devoid – Cup Of Tears

MelodicRock Records (October 2017)

Reviewer: Dan Mann

You’d think it would be easy to write a review about a release that ticks all your personal taste boxes, however you then have to ensure it doesn’t come across as too gushy!

Cup Of Tears‘ is the brainchild of French guitarist Mael Saout (Shadyon), and brings together an ensemble of talent that should ensure it’s a killer release.

First off the inclusion of vocalist Carsten ‘Lizard’ Schulz ticks the first box. Carsten is the perfect fit for this melodic metal album and is most certainly on form. Yes I’m biased, being a huge fan of the albums he’s released/sung on.

Secondly, the remainder of the band form such a tight outfit, from the excellent guitar work of Shad Mae, the engine room of bassist Ben Toquet & drummer Ben Wanders and ivory tinkler Jorris Guilbaud.

And thirdly, we have a selection of guest guitarists, Mattias Ia Eklundh (Freak Kitchen), Henrik Danhage (Evergrey), Daniel Palmqvist (Beyond The Katakomb) and Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear/The Ferrymen). Each one of these axemen has a fantastic track record and their contributions on this album don’t disappoint.

The album consists of twelve tracks, coming in at just under an hour, which is certainly a more than acceptable run time.

Okay I did say I’d try not to get ‘gushy’, but this album has immediately leapt into my shortlist of favorite releases of 2017. This is exactly the sort of melodic metal I love, a melting pot of influences & musical expression. There is only one way to listen to this and that’s LOUD!

It can be difficult picking favorite tracks off albums as some releases are such that your choice can change the more you listen. And so my initial choices are ‘Religion‘, ‘Mind Keeper‘ and ‘Hollow Point‘.

A highly recommended release.