Picks: Devils Rage, Casey, The Fever 333

With this week’s trio of new music recommendations we herald some old friends and welcome some new ones. There’s an album we’ve had for ages and an EP that dropped out of nowhere. In between, there’s something closer to home that’s worth celebrating.

Devils Rage
Desolation
Self-released
[Spotify]

Desolation is the second full-length album by Swiss riffy melodeath peddlers Devils Rage, for whom we’ve developed something of a soft spot. Their ear for a bouncy hook makes them easy to love and the new record continues the band’s ability to get us headbanging. When the focus is on that, Devils Rage are at their best. There’s groove all over Desolation, with ‘Mirror’s Game’, ‘From The Ashes’ and the delightfully crunchy ‘Dominate’ leading the way. If riffs are what you want, if metally metal makes your head bob, give Devils Rage a try.

Casey
Where I Go When I Am Sleeping
Hassle Records
[Spotify]

Where I Go When I Am Sleeping is the second album by South Wales alternative outfit Casey, and it amounts to a 40-minute telling of vocalist Tom Weaver’s health issues wrapped up in a compelling collection of post-hardcore songs. This is a record that oozes intensity and emotion, the storytelling dominant and the songwriting impressive from the beginning. When a band puts out a song as open, as raw and as well crafted as ‘Fluorescents’, it’s impossible not to pay attention. ‘Needlework’ is right on its heels too. The vocal performance here is as real as it gets. This is wonderful.

The Fever 333
Made An America
Roadrunner Records
[Spotify]

The surprise drop of the debut EP from The Fever 333, the new band featuring former letlive. singer Jason Aalon Butler, ex-The Chariot guitarist Stephen Harrison and Night Verses drummer Aric Improta, lit up Friday. It’s called Made An America and the title track is sensational, and that’s just the beginning. This is one hell of a statement of intent. Butler’s full range is on display in this promising burst of innovative hip-hop played by a punk band. If The Fever 333 can follow this through, if Butler can deliver soul and rap in one on a full album with just a shade more focus than the EP, they’re going to be a big deal.

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