The album title might be The Devil Rhythm but whether the horned one could handle this juggernaut of a release from Irish rock band Trucker Diablo is very debateable. The release is an unrelenting brake off, throttle down, explosion of rock n roll. It twists, turns and writhes through every essential rock sound and ideal to emerge a fully accomplished and most of all a deeply exciting pulse racing slab of joy.
Trucker Diablo started laying down sizzling rubber from its formation in 2008, the band simply four friends coming together to make the music they loved. Of course the fact the members had already made a mark and gained strong experience with previous bands Joyrider and TILTED could only have gone to add something extra to their new band, an extra that helped grab local attention and acclaim immediately and soon further afield. The band also leap to the attention of the likes of Ricky Warwick (The Almighty/Thin Lizzy) who also features on one track on the album, and Joe Elliot (Def Leppard) to name two, with their infectiously catchy and robust rock sounds. Now with the re-release of The Devil Rhythm through Ripple Music, the album initially a self release in 2010, there is an over powering air and belief that this is their time.
The quartet of guitarist/vocalists Tom Harte and Simon Haddock, bassist Glenn Harrison, and drummer Terry Crawford, create a strap it on and get down type of rock n roll, their sounds an irrepressible and potent thick mass of eager hungry riffs and courting seductive melodies all wrapped in to an infectious and captivating bundle of essential sound. As they march through the ear with arms open the songs are like long time buddies that you already know and love but each offering something new and stirring every time you welcome them in, the opening track Drink Beer, Destroy, an immediate evidence. The track waves from afar at first with an eager distant riff before driving and rumbling forward with a parade of powerful riffs and hearty forceful rhythms fuelled by an insatiable energy, and already The Devil Rhythm sounds like an album with the biggest enthused heart heard in a long time. With a delicious snarling bass line and guitars that whip one into a frenzy the song is sheer musical gold, a treasure one never wishes to leave alone.
Juggernaut continues the powerful onslaught with a fusion of thunderous riffs and vibrant melodic enterprise. Featuring Warwick, the song teases with more guzzling riffs and rumble strip shaking rhythms whilst the melodic sing-a-long chorus sweeps up all into appliance and in joining in. The song as with a lot of the album does not offer anything blindingly new but it is hard to think without a very long and probably fruitless deliberation of many bands that bring it on as brilliantly as Trucker Diablo.
Every song goes straight for the heart with little resistance before them. From the southern tinged Big Truck, through the punk rock flavoured Stand Up and Fight, on to the Buckcherry come eighties feeling Dirty Love, and the Seetherish sounding When Angels Die though that band has never sounded this mighty, songs never fail to engage fully and gloriously. Trucker Diablo is a hard rock band as a base but they add so much to send their sound up to heights and power most bands can only dream of. The key of course is that for all the power the band generates and energy they consume the ear with their craft and insightful use of melodies and textures is second to none and adds a depth to their music and songs like Rattlehead and Never Too Late To Sin (featuring Matt Fitzsimons) to name two more that sets them apart.
The Devil Rhythm is simply one of the most gratifying pleasures heard in a long time and proof that well written and enthusiastically driven rock n roll takes second place to nothing. Trucker Diablo will be massive, no question, it is just a matter of if it is this month or the next…