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Terra Diablo: Deluge Songs

From the land that gave us Sean Connery, guitar legend Brian Robertson and the backdrop of movie classic, "Trainspotting", Scotland exports the tremendous avant-rock band, Terra Diablo, who's new CD, Deluge Songs (Nocturnal Records) is a must listen. 12 songs of rocking guitar power pop mixed with elements of a more rocking Coldplay and a toughness that the Foo Fighters once had. Think of classic Cheap Trick meets the 1st two Pretenders records meets the coolness of Quicksand, and you're on the right track.

Sounding more like they are from Minneapolis than Glasgow, Terra Diablo just flat out tear it up. Deluge Songs is full of fast paced rockers like stand out tracks, "Quiet" and "Give It All Over" both with a great modern rock feel (anyone ever heard of the great Flying Tigers or Traindodge??) but still with a nod to the old school. Bob Mould would be proud. I'm not an REM fan, but vocalist/guitarist Ian Fairclough's vocals are very reminiscent of a raspy throated Michael Stipe, with balls! He just wails his ass off with emotion not often found in today's poor musical climate that is full of cookie cutter copy cats. Laden with heavy guitar driven hooks and super glue strong melodies, Deluge Songs, produced by Jeremy Parker (of Evanescence, Mudvayne & Otep fame), is a hard CD to take out of your CD player. Song after song you find yourself humming the vocal lines. Catchy is an understatement.

Deluge Songs is not just a one trick pony. This record belongs in the late '70's, with its different musical ideas and sounds. A homage of sorts to an era when you could actually create music, not having to carve out the "next hit song" or bubble gum bullshit of today. "Stay Inside The Circle" is a great example of being able to stretch out their songwriting muscles. Almost Porcupine Tree-ish with its moody and spatial airiness, it is a gem mixed in with the otherwise "alternative" rocking tunes found on the CD. A deep record for sure.

Terra Diablo have an awesome record with Deluge Songs. It is just about a perfect CD. And to be honest, I had never even heard of them before this CD hit my desk. Every now & then you come across a band or a record that makes you go, "Holy Shit". This CD gets a full 5 Star rating from yours truly. In the iPod era, when you rip the entire CD into your collection without skipping any songs, how can you give it less than a 5 out of 5 star rating? Right?! This is one CD that lives up to its name. It is a complete deluge of songs. When a record like this comes along, there is actually hope for the music business yet. I for one am really glad that Indie music is alive and well, I just didn't expect it to come from Scotland!

Beg, borrow or steal this CD. It is one of the best I have heard this entire year!! Terra Diablo are the shit!

Track Listing
1. Captain Of The Simpletons
2. Setting Sun
3. Disappearing Act
4. Walked Away
5. Quiet
6. Don't Wake Me Up
7. It All Kicked Off At The Bunny Club
8. Give It All Over
9. Impossible
10. Blue Skies
11. Stay Inside The Circle
12. Deluge Song

Added: August 30th 2007
Reviewer: Butch Jones
Related Link: Terra Diablo Website
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Language: english

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