Bigger Than the Devil
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Nuclear Blast Records - Songs Include : Bigger Than The Devil / 2. Crackhead Song / 3. Kill The Assholes / 4. Monkey's Rule / 5. Skool Bus / 6. King At The King / Evil Is In / 7. Black War / 8. Celtic Frosted Flakes / 9. Charlie Don't Cheat / 10. Song That Don't Go Fast / 11. Shenanigans / 12. Dog On The Tracks / 13. Xerox / 14. Make Room, Make Room / 15. Free Dirty Needles / 16. Fugu / 17. Noise, That's What / 18. We All Bleed Red / 19. Frankenstein And His Horse / 20. Every Tiny Molecule / 21. Aren't You Hungry / 22. L.A.T.K.C.H. / 23. Ballad Of Michael H. / 24. Ballad Of Phil H. / 25. Moment Of Truth / 26. Seasoning The Obese / 27. Raise Your Sword / 28. Ballad Of The Scorpions
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After having made an impact on so many of the metal and hardcore worlds fledging sub-genres S.O.D. have finally returned to prove to the world once wasn't a fluke. So if you've never experienced Sgt. D now is as good a time as any to educate yourself and get a good laugh in the process.
S.O.D. play on a very familiar territory here, mixing hardcore with metal, and a touch of death-metal and nu-metal thrown in this time around. Lyrically the band is as politically incorrect as one can imagine, and the songs are often full of over-the-top humor and parody. However, while listening to this album, an image comes to my mind, of 4 men in their 30-somethings, sitting in the studio, and talking like "Hey, Billy! It worked fine 14 years ago, so why don't we give it another shot?" Or, maybe, "Scott, remember that cool track off of SEOD where you went like that? That one rocked! Now, I have this cool idea, if only you recalled how this guitar line went back then." This is the only way for me to justify the striking similarity of "Charlie Don't Cheat" and "Milk", or the inclusion of tracks like "Noise That's What", or "Fugu", or the two "Ballad of ..." songs. And these are not the only examples, in fact, you come across references to SEOD more often than not with this album.
On the up side, when S.O.D. are feeling creative, they still make excellent songs. It's the great Celtic Frost reference "Celtic Frosted Flakes", or a funny "The Song That Don't Go Fast", or "Seasoning The Obese" and "Raise Your Sword", parodying Slayer and Manowar respectively. One more striking number is "We All Bleed Red", with its serious lyrics and its classic Agnostic Front-like hardcore feel.
"Bigger Than The Devil" is by no means a bad album, and it has all the potential to please the fans. Now, if only the band used that little bit more of their creativity, it could have been much better.
And one more remark. It's time someone finally explained to those bands and those recording labels, that the only reason to have 27 songs on a CD is having 27 really good songs. S.O.D. should have listened to their own debut album, which clocked in at just 26 minutes, yet it was instant, and highly revered up till now, classics. This one isn't.