Believe it or not, ‘For the Love of Thugs and Fools’ is Bible of the Devil’s sixth full-length release. In that time, the four piece from Chicago have struggled to break away from their underground status, remaining undiscovered by many fans of hard rock.
On the basis of this latest album alone, it is difficult to see why this is the case. Whereas ‘For the Love…’ isn’t quite 46 minutes of groundbreaking output, it can be safely filed under the category of ‘a worthwhile listen’.
‘Sexual Overtures/While You Were Away’ opens proceedings, gradually easing into what becomes a pummelling pace that refuses to relent until the end of the track. ‘Out For Blood’ carries the baton successfully, before being eclipsed by the superior ‘Raw and Order’.
So far so good, but a little variation wouldn’t go amiss. It’s hard to shake the nagging feeling that the middle section of the record suffers for this reason. For indeed, tracks such as ‘The Parcher’ and ‘Anytime’ are very presentable, requiring the listener has the stamina to stick around. This won’t be too much of a problem for those more enamoured with Bible of the Devil’s gritty sound, but that may be the answer to the original question of why the band hasn’t shown significant growth in their 13 years of making music.
‘Can’t Turn off the Sun’ and ‘Night Street’ ensure that the nine-track collection stages a late fight, but by that time minds have already been made up. While this record is a perfectly listenable one in its genre, and will certainly please the band’s existing fans, there is little to suggest that this will be the album to multiply their fan base too dramatically.
Still, ‘For the Love of Thugs and Fools’ is a fairly satisfying album from a band worthy of taking a look at, even if there isn’t much here that will stay with you for too long afterwards.
Rated 6 out of 10