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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 29, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: April 29, 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nuclear Blast America
  • ASIN: B00IJ1TBB6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,495 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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With Devil You Know, you are getting quite the power group. Howard Jones-vocals (ex- Kse, blood has been shed) drummer John Sankey (Devolved, Divine Heresy, Fear Factory) and guitarist Francesco Artusato (All Shall Perish, Hiss of Atrocities). What is most enjoyable is that devil you know is not just a rehash of killswitch engage with the some minor influence from the other two band members. Devil you know focuses more on the blood has been shed Howard rather than the kse one. What enjoyable about the Album is that the group did not put this out to please anyone nor did they do it in hopes of skyrocketing back into the scene with huge venues. Instead, they wished to do something for themselves Howard even maintained a full time job while recording quitting only until they recently began touring. The album is filled with powerful vocals very well thought out guitar work but I feel the guitar work was underutilized. Sankey having significant death metal roots, was hopefully going to be the driving force behind pushing this band into even heavier territory but he also feels like he is holding back. all in all this record is definitely worth it for the price and not to mention it will help support the band. Beauty of Destruction is foundation for great future material and I only see Devil You Know improving from here.
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So glad to see Howard Jones in a band again. He was awesome in Killswitch Engage, and sort of rose the band to higher level of awesomeness. Well his new band is good but I don't think (killswitch engage) good, but thats ok. The band is really good and really tight. Sort of sounding like a cross between killswitch engage, fear factory, and a few other metal bands. Going into a heavier direction than killswitch but Howard adds his own personal melodic vibe to the songs. The album has a lot of ups and downs ranging from death metal, metal core, emo, rock, hard rock, goth adding all these elements sometimes in one song. Cool new band but I guess my expectations were high because killswitch is one of my favorite bands and I love what Howard did in that band. Still a good band and good album. Cant wait to see what the do with the next album.
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And he's back with a vengeance. This album has everything you love about Howard's vocals: his range, his power, his control and his soulfulness. Combine that with John Sankey's insane drum work and Francesco Artusato's chugging riffs and sick solos, and you'll fall in love with this album after the first track. It hits hard when it wants, falls soft when it needs to, and grooves all the way through, but most of all, it's pure, unfiltered metal punching you in the face!
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This is a really good album. It's nothing groundbreaking, but it's heavy, melodic, and emotional, all the things you would expect from a band fronted by Howard Jones. It feels like a bit of a departure from Killswitch Engage, which is good, because it's always nice to hear a singer try new things after leaving a band. The vocals are powerful and emotional too. I like the track "My Own" a lot, but I think the opening track "A New Beginning" sets the tone the best. I really enjoyed "Shut It Down" as there was a lot of aggression in that tune. "As Bright as the Darkness" was an interesting song, definitely a little different than the rest of the album.
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I'm a huge fan of Killswitch Engage and of ex-singer Howard Jones. So I knew I would like his new band. The music is sticks to metal roots and with Howard's strong, soulful voice I think it's a great first album for this band. I look forward to their upcoming album.
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Before you buy this CD, just know that this is NOT Killswitch Engage. These guys play much differently than KSE. It took me a while for this album to grow on me because I automatically associate Howard's voice with KSE. Overall, its a great album, but has some room for improvement. Hopefully these guys stay on the same track they're on right now.
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Five years after being booted to the curb from one of metalcore's most pre-eminent bands, Killswitch Engage, ex-frontman Howard Jones returned to the world of heavy music not with his original band, Blood Has Been Shed, but with a whole new project all together. What Devil You Know play on their 2014 debut, "The Beauty Of Destruction," is brand of abrasive yet melodic metalcore, much in the same vein as Killswitch, only slightly heavier, and ever-so slightly more metallic. What this amounts to is piles of moving rhythms, brutal thrash riffs, and pummeling drums offset by a certain melodic sensibility (i.e. soaring harmonies, cleanly sung refrains, etc.). A handful of hardcore breakdowns (complete with a bellow of "go!") also get sprinkled into the mix.

And, as evidenced by Howard's work on KsE efforts (2004's "End Of Heartache," 2006's "When Darkness Falls," and 2009's self-titled affair), the man can definitely pen some very decent, and at times downright excellent (and very potent, deep, and moving) lyricism. For further proof of this fact, consider such songs as track numbers three, "Embracing The Torture," five, "Seven Years Alone," and eleven, "Shut It Down,"in which Howard deals with internal, love-inflicted pain, loneliness (!), and contemplations of "self-destruction" (a.k.a. suicidal thoughts), respectively.

"A New Beginning" surrounds its really memorable and infectious choruses with chunky riffing and galloping drum beats. Also included here is a bridge with some sweet and epic-sounding, In Flames-y melodic guitar soloing and harmonies. And similarly, "My Own" boasts a huge, cleanly-sung chorus to offset the tune's blowtorch riffs and shriek-y, black metal-style vocals.
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