Devil Gone Public – Smokehound (Review)

Devil Gone PublicThis is the debut album from US metal band Devil Gone Public.

Devil Gone Public play stoner/groove metal with a Southern flavour. Imagine a mix of Orange Goblin, Lamb of God, Red Fang, Black Tusk, Mastodon, Corrosion of Conformity and Down – this should give you a good starting point for what Devil Gone Public sound like.

The songs have a good mix of decent riffs and catchy singing, all wrapped up in the kind of production that’s professional enough to do the music justice, but gritty enough to not sterilise it.

The vocals are quite diverse, impassioned and charismatic. The singer switches between different styles with ease, frequently going from harshness to cleans and everything in the middle, sometimes even within the space of a minute or so.

There are some good rocking tracks on this release, and I like that the band mix it up a bit between heavier songs, rockier ones and harsher delivery, with a few sing-along choruses too.

A very enjoyable release, one that improves even more over time as it worms its way into your skull.

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