Ahead of their homecoming headline show, Birmingham rockers Devilfire have unleashed a new music video for ‘She’s Like Fire

Taken from their stunning debut album ‘Dark Manoeuvres‘ (out 6th October) the video follows Devilfire‘s European tour as special guests to former Nightwish vocalist Tarja Turunen.

She’s Like Fire‘ is the second single to be lifted from the new album following breakout track ‘Waiting For A Rockstar‘. Devilfire frontman Alex Cooper says, “Being in the rock scene you encounter some pretty extrovert people, I love that! This new song is about someone I knew that was just a whirlwind to me “dancing with desire.” I’m not afraid to say I was very into this person but not everything is meant to be. Always look to move forward in life.”

Devilfire headline the o2 Academy, Birmingham on the 26th August, and will play HRH Sleaze at Sheffield’s o2 Academy 2nd September with Faster Pussycat, Vain, Jizzy Pearl’s Love/Hate and more.

Ticket links:

http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/O2-Academy-Birmingham-tickets-Birmingham/venue/254975

https://www.hrhsleaze.com/tickets.html

Tracklist:

  1. Ready For War?
  2. She’s Like Fire
  3. (In And Out Of Love) All Of The Time
  4. Waiting For A Rockstar
  5. Lay It On The Line
  6. Kill Your Love
  7. Tear Me Apart
  8. God Give Me Vengance
  9. Devil In Your Eyes
  10. (You Gotta) Revolution
  11. She’s Always On The Run
  12. A Thousand Times
  13. Somehow

Line up:

Vocals – Alex Cooper

Guitars – Baz Blackett

Guitars – Richard Bloomer-Davies

Bass – Davey Bennett

Drums – Lars Wickett

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Review: Devilfire – Dark Manoeuvres

Escape The Fire Records (October 2017)

Reviewer: Dan Mann

In a musical landscape of what has lately been relatively boring releases (with some notable exceptions), there are still gems that reach out and grab you. Such a gem is Devilfire‘s ‘Dark Manoeuvres‘. Having had my interest triggered by the video for ‘Waiting For A Rockstar‘, I was looking forward to hearing the rest of the album.

This is certainly a jam packed album with thirteen tracks, kicking off with ‘Ready For War‘, quite a laid back feel but with plenty going on in the background, the instruments and vocals are not fighting or jockeying for position.

Don’t think for one minute that this is a laid back album though. Track two ‘She’s Like Fire‘ picks up the pace without jeopardizing the vocals, the sort of track that calls for the car stereo to be cranked, windows open, ‘educating’ your fellow traveler!

(In And Out Of Love) All Of The Time‘ while having a solid rock rhythm, it leans much more towards the blues end of the spectrum with some lovely guitar injections and a more soulful vocal.

Next up is that track that triggered my interest, namely ‘Waiting For A Rockstar‘. Talk about a catchy tune, another volume cranker for sure! Perfect single choice.

With ‘Lay It On The Line‘ your once again shown what an accomplished vocalist Alex Cooper is. Yes I’ve said it a 1000 times (now 1001) that if I don’t like the vocals regardless of the music then the album is lost to me. It is certainly a catchy tune to boot.

Kill Your Love‘ is leaning more towards melodic hard rock which shows the band’s diversity, it’s almost like Vega with a harder edge and a potential single.

Tear Me Apart‘ is a ballad, and before some of you moan, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. With a great late 80’s style guitar break and punctuated with piano it does the job well.

God Give Me Vengeance‘ has elements of angst, an emotional track delivered with real feeling. A track that highlights the bands ability to bring everything to the fore. ‘Devil In Your Eyes‘, one criticism, it’s too short. Just as the band are building up a head of steam for what should be an all out audio assault it ends!

(You Gotta) Revolution‘ starts off with a great guitar intro, reminiscent of Reason, a memorable, punchy chorus underlined by the hard working rhythm section.

The same feel can also be found on the next two tracks. ‘She’s Always On The Run‘, love the vocal twists and turns, leading again to a memorable track. The intro to ‘A Thousand Times‘ again is so like a Reason track, this underlying similarity at times is certainly one of the reasons I’m enjoying this album.

And so the final track arrives. ‘Somehow‘, an acoustic track that draws you in and yet again shows the diversity of this band.

This album has had numerous plays at home, in the car and at work. A potential contender for my albums of the year list. Well worth checking out.

 

 

 

 

Following 10 days of gigging to 2000 capacity sold out venues as special guests to former Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen, Devilfire have forged a fiery path into the European Rock N’ Roll road. Returning to the UK to a sold out festival crowd at Hard Rock Hell AOR 2017 was the icing on the cake, and the Birmingham based melodic hard rock outfit are ready to conquer the world with their debut album ‘Dark Manoeuvres‘ this October.

Mixed by acclaimed producer Romesh Dodangoda (Motorhead, Bring Me The Horizon, Bullet For My Valentine) and co-produced by Romesh and Devilfire frontman Alex Cooper (Shy, Quireboys Spike, Ginger) at Long Wave Studios in Cardiff, ‘Dark Manoeuvres’ is a mammoth 13-track album. Calling on varied influences with a darker melodic sound, this hook laden, riff filled collection of music has been carefully crafted with passion. ‘Dark Manouevres’ is set to push rock’s boundaries with its honest British roots.

“I try to put my heart on the page, be as open and honest as its all I know”, says Cooper, “Dark Manoeuvres is a therapy for me. As an artist all you can do is try to put the listener into your shoes. I feel that is the greatest power of music. It’s always what I’ve loved when listening to any music that I emotionally connect with. With this debut album we’ve taken our time to curate the best possible music we can at this stage, and I honestly believe we’ve accomplished what we set out to do.”
Dark Manoeuvres‘ is such an accomplished debut album, you’d be forgiven for thinking this was Devilfire‘s third, not first full length studio release. From the opening foot stomper ‘Ready For War’, to the true immediacy of singles ‘Waiting For A Rockstar’, ‘She’s Always On The Run’, to the swing of ‘Tear Me Apart’,  and passion of closing track ‘Somehow’, this new album wears its hooks loud n’ proud, whilst easily stamping Devilfire‘s own take on modern rock music.

“The songs on this record are just so good”, agrees Romesh Dodangoda, “Devilfire are definitely a band for the future.”

Devilfire live:

26th Aug – BIRMINGHAM – o2 Academy (Headline Show)

2nd Sept – SHEFFIELD – o2 Academy HRH Sleaze

More dates to be announced.

Devilfire‘s debut album ‘Dark Manoeuvres‘ is out 6th October.

Tracklist:

  1. Ready For War?
  2. She’s Like Fire
  3. (In And Out Of Love) All Of The Time
  4. Waiting For A Rockstar
  5. Lay It On The Line
  6. Kill Your Love
  7. Tear Me Apart
  8. God Give Me Vengance
  9. Devil In Your Eyes
  10. (You Gotta) Revolution
  11. She’s Always On The Run
  12. A Thousand Times
  13. Somehow

Line up:

Vocals – Alex Cooper

Guitars – Baz Blackett

Guitars – Richard Bloomer-Davies

Bass – Davey Bennett

Drums – Lars Wickett

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