These guys still have their youthful looks but have been around longer than you might remember. They formed from previous bands such as Mahumodo, *shels, Rinoa and The Arusha Accord. They released their first full album in 2007 called A Fragile Hope after their popular EP ‘Darkness Prevails’. Since then they released 2 more albums before Ed Gibbs the vocalist in 2013 left the band and Paul Green from The Arusha Accord joined to take his place. They then released a further EP with 2 singles including the huge song Devastator which was well received; this is a difficult task to succeed at when the singer has been changed as it often can change the whole sound of a band but Paul Green is a truly accomplished singer and was able to show the fans he was able to fill the void and cement his place within the band. Their fan base is very loyal as Devil Sold His Soul do not sound like other bands in the metal genre, they have been described as ambient metalcore which basically means they sound heavy and have huge soundscapes in between the screaming.
At the end of April they performed their debut album in full at The Dome in Tufnell Park, London with an encore of a couple of their newer songs. This was a sold out event as predicted and Ed Gibbs returned for the tour giving the band 2 ferocious singers for the live shows. This went down a storm, the sound was enormous and was an incredible sight to see the band perform their technical songs with casual ease and with Ed and Paul pacing around the stage with intent. They also released a limited edition vinyl for the event which the guys very kindly signed for me.
The whole band were the friendliest bunch of guys (as most musicians in the metal scene tend to be) and met me before the show to hang out briefly and take their portraits and chat about the show. I shot them across the road at the awesome rock bar Aces & Eights. I hope these guys are back for good as the scene has changed a lot in the past 10 years and they were always ahead of their time and perhaps didn’t get the exposure they deserved as they didn’t write conventional songs. This is the time they can really reach a wider audience.