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Devils in Heaven: Rise

The Tasmanian AOR crew Devils in Heaven conjure up their long awaited debut effort Rise after waiting almost a good thirty years for its projection into the arms of society. After touring widely throughout the lands of Australia, the four piece outfit unfortunately did not chart with their hopeful hit 'Liberation' that was recorded back in 1993 and they decided to call it quits in the latter nineties with the lack of success that they hoped for.

So, moving forward to the heart of today, Devils in Heaven have put together their first full length record as a combined mixture of tracks that they have recorded and written over the years for AOR fanatics to thoroughly enjoy for the first time ever as a whole package.

On the bulk of Rise there are so many songs to talk and boast about, including the fantastically pompous single 'Liberation', the ultimately catchy phenomenon 'Ships in the Night' and the light-hearted AOR enriched anthem 'All Night'; appearing as all prime examples of how good the Tasmanian Devils really are.

In all honesty, the music on this compilation of the band's history is absolutely outstanding and the quality really comes across not just as astounding but it also a real shame as this Southern Hemisphere unit are a superbly talented bunch of guys that should of achieved more lengths of success. I could not give Devils in Heaven enough credit and I do wish more than anything that they were still a active pursuit today.

Further highlights to bring into the shining spotlight come forth in the shape of the coolly constructed Piano mid-paced Rocker 'Dreams', the triumphant first single from the heavenly four 'Say A Prayer' and the eighties reflecting powerhouse 'Take Me' that both essentially escort a fine uplifting sense of emotion across the board, nearly through the expressive elements of their structural compositions for the maximum effect and delivery.

On the latter of the album, there are two original recordings from 1990 containing the Soft Rock ballad 'Ain't It a Wonder' and the stupendously already mentioned 'Ships in the Night'; appearing as some nicely planted bonus extras for many to feast their ears upon. Personally, 'Ain't It a Wonder' is just an average ballad and nothing that special, however I could see how this could be a potential winner for many amongst the masses and a possible hot for the group.

Essentially, Rise a very good collection of tracks that I would highly recommend to any lover of this particular genre of music to hook their eyes or ears upon in the sense of this record. Unfortunately, it is just a massive shame Devils in Heaven never found the success they actually deserve and I really wish they were still around today because I would definitely try to catch them on the live scene, if they did one day end up doing a tour of the world.

Track List:
1. Liberation
2. The Night is Over
3. Take Me
4. Ain't It a Wonder
5. Ships in the Night
6. Say A Prayer
7. Age (Simple Man)
8. All Night
9. Listen to My Heart
10. Dreams
11. Your Beating Heart
12. Heart, Mind & Soul
13. Ships in the Night (1990 Version)
14. Ain't It a Wonder (1990 Version)

Added: August 26th 2021
Reviewer: James Mannion
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Language: english

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