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Devil In The Kitchen - Wizard's Walk - 2004 Reviewed by: Nailer

Track Listing
1. Heather's Concussion
2. Coked Up Leprechaun
3. Whipple Hill Medley
4. Trey Eats Meat
5. D-A Set
6. Wizard's Walk
7. Mad Dog
One of the coolest riffs ever laid down to track isn't from a guitar--it's the fiddle line from "Devil Went Down To Georgia". You can't deny the attractiveness of Charlie Daniel's most popular chorus. Since then, I've always thought that a combination of some blood pumping Bluegrass/Mountain tunes with some killer metal would work in a weird sort of amalgamation. Violin virtuoso Andy Reiner and his band have brought the two together in their EP "Wizard's Walk".

Devil In The Kitchen came into existence in September of 2003 when electric violinist Andy Reiner joined forces with guitarist Stash Wyslouch, drummer Alex Carrara, and bassist Bassil Silver-Hajo to fuse the traditional music of Celtic, European and American folk music with the raging sounds of heavy metal.

Other than the stoner/doom sounds of "Trey Eats Meat", most of the songs have a U.S. speed metal background with the fiddle overlaid on top. Some of the scratching doesn't appeal to me, but the blistering lead runs of "Whipple Hill Medley" and "Heather's Concussion" are as head-whipping as any standard metal tune. "D-A Set" is like a Lord of the Dance production during the Armageddon. The tongue-in-cheek folksiness of titles like "Coked Up Leprechaun" show that the band doesn't take itself too seriously, but they are great musicians.

Listening to all 7 songs each time through is a bit too much to take without some vocals to focus on and the production could be better, but DITK is a unique affair that will have you grinnin' like a happy hayseed. If you give the cover more than a glance you'll see all the titles illustrated together.

The Devil used to be in the house of the rising sun. Now he's in the kitchen and you know what he's serving up.

Link: www.devilinthekitchen.com


--Nailer 08.05.04
About this Writer:
Frank Hill // Frank Hill has been at this site since its slimy, crying birth in '03. He was born on National Metal Day--11/11 and will turn his hearing aids up to 11 when he's 111. He secretly listens to a lot of old Country and Doo-Wop tunes and wants to start a cyberband with lead vocals by Robot Plant. He is still trying to figure out what Judas Priest meant by "paratamize you". If you read this, then he salutes you.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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