BIBLE OF THE DEVIL - For The Love Of Thugs And Fools

Bible Of The Devil - For The Love Of Thugs And Fools

9 songs
47:57 minutes
***** ****
Cruz Del Sur


It’s been a long time since the last longplayer of Chicago’s finest, as the sixth album Freedom Metal by Bible Of The Devil came out back in 2008. This was followed by three split-CDs, but I bet their fans were eagerly waiting for a full-fledged official release.

Fortunately, it must be said, not much has changed with Bible Of The Devil. The quartet’s line-up is still the same, and neither did they switch label nor genre. Bible Of The Devil play a very pleasant mix of hard rock and heavy metal which is deeply rooted in the Seventies. Just like last time, Kiss and Thin Lizzy can still be considered their biggest influences. The songs are all quite upfront, are never too demanding and stick with you right from the start. They are never sounding too brutal or extreme, but neither are they ever acting too tamely. While the voice of Mark Hoffmann shows close parallels to Paul Stanley, the guitar harmonies often recall good, old Think Lizzy. The occasional backing vocals during choruses draw up images of Kiss, as can best be testified on Out For Blood. Another highlight is I Know What Is Right (In The Night) which surprises with a saxophone part. But don’t worry, this might be the only true surprise on an album which consequently goes its own way and never is disturbed by current trends.

If you liked Bible Of The Devil before, you will also become mesmerised by For The Love Of Thugs And Fools, which is neither better nor worse than its predecessor. Maybe the aha experience is no longer there, but who cared? This is a splendid piece of timeless rock music that will definitely find its audience.

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