Sweetest Devilry

Pumpehuset, Copenhagen - 2014

Text: Tobias Nilsson Photo: Lunah Lauridsen

Death had arrived at the gates of the Danish capitol, and it had done so in the guise of two American old school bands, Immolation and Broken Hope.
What we didn’t know however, as I hadn’t seen them advertised anywhere, was that a young French band was travelling with them, a band called Sweetest Devilry which hail from Paris.

”Are you ready to bang your heads?!”
- Jeff Beguigne (vocals/guitar)

Sweetest Devilry was first out, and at the time the small hall of Pumpehuset was only about half filled but that didn’t seem to discourage the young guns one bit – they dived headlong into the task of tearing us all a new wachamacallit hole!
Their cup of metal was lightning fast, filled to the brim with aggression and even though touring with a couple of death giants I couldn’t help notice a flavour of thrash as well about them. Actually, looking at the appearance (whilst disregarding the Abraham Lincoln tattoo on his upper right arm) and more specifically the stance of frontman Beguigne, I couldn’t help drawing a parallel to Mille Petrozza of Kreator. Beguigne had his guitar fastened much too high, but other than that there was definitely a resemblance.
Sweetest Devilry’s delivery was as lightning fast as their music, and there wasn’t much time spent between songs for speaking, or even catching your breath for that matter. A few titles were mentioned, the last one of the evening being Forever Strong, but it was hard to hear exactly what was being said, and being a new band like this it would most likely strengthen their presentation if they worked a little more on making us remember who they were and what they were playing.

What could also use some work was the performance. Throughout the gig every man of the quartet was only standing solidly in their place, and there wasn’t even a wild headbanging going on or much effort put into connecting with the crowd. Bassist Bastien ‘Frenchie’ Deleule could be excused as he was only temporarily replacing Sylvère ‘Darkona’ Cauzard for the tour, which would also explain why his whole appearance gave an odd-man-out feeling even though I’m guessing his playing did exactly what it was supposed to (hard to say as I have never heard them before), but the rest of the guys should up their game a bit in this section. It should be mentioned that guitarist Gerald Audiard gave it a try in getting people to raise their hands towards the end of the show, but even though it was in the right direction it wasn’t quite enough to get anyone going.

According to Immolation later on in the evening, this was only the second tour ever for the French band, which could easily explain the lack of stage experience, but they seem to have the music down and it was nice enough to nod along to, so I hope they’ll put some more effort into getting the performance up and running. If that is done, I could easily see them gaining more ground in the future.

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