Power of Metal.dk Review

Devil's Train
Style: Grooving Southern Hardrock
Release date: 23 January, 2015
Playing time: 50:00

R.D. Liapakis is known for his band Mystic Prophecy, but together with band mate Ragazas and some Stratovarius members he released the first album by Devil's Train in 2012. With the same line-up the second one simply called 'II' is released. The style is still groovy southern bluesy hardrock, where influences of Guns 'N Roses, Whitesnake, Soil, Black Label Society, Hellyeah, Badlands and many others are emerged to fine sounding songs.

Bluesy chuggy riffs groove from start to finish and Liapakis' voice sees to the right southern feeling. The song "Gimme Love" sounds a bit like an over the top Van Halen song and the slow song "Mr Jones" breaths the 70's southern rock feeling. Lazi Ragazas gives the music an extra boost with his variable and swinging grooves. Add the rhytmn section from Stratovarius; Jörg Michael on drums and Jari Kainulainen on bass, the songs sound very tight and steady. With "Born to Be Wild" and "Immigrant Song" there are two cover songs, played well, but both a little bit without too many differences compared to the originals. With this second Devil's Train album the band carries on in the same style and on the same high level as they did with their debut. I don't know which of the albums is the best, but one thing is for sure, if you like the first album you will love this one as well. Fans of this style can easily add 10 points to the above rating.

So get that lazy ass out of the chair and move to pick up some groove!

01. Down On You
Hollywood Girl
Gimme Love
Mr. Jones
Can You Feel
Rock Forever
Let's Shake It
Girl Like You
Born To Be Wild
You and Me
12. Suffocated
13. Immigrant Song (bonus track)
Label: Edel Germany/Ear Music
Distribution: Playground Music (Scandinavia)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 6 February, 2015
Website: www.facebook.com/devilstrain