Label: Fat Lady Music
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Memphis duo Joey “Chicago” Walser and Blake Allison originally found success with Egypt Central. When they decided to make music without compromise, Devour the Day emerged. Their debut release, “Time & Pressure“, comes out swinging, with power vocals, tight guitar riffs and well written lyrics.
Allison, who manned the drums for Egypt Central moves to the forefront handling vocals and guitar. He also handled production duties. Chicago keeps the low-end rumble that propels the band’s sound.
The album starts out with “Respect”, which is at the heart of this statement album. This is a real in-your-face song to all the people who choose a cop-out over doing it the right way! The screamed vocals on this track are extremely controlled yet hit with emotive ferocity.
Next up is the album’s debut single, “Good Man”. which has one killer groove right from the start! The heavy guitar riff mixed with the drum beat and raspy vocals make this easily the most memorable track on the album. Anytime a track can mix metal, screaming and a deep southern rock groove all together successfully you are going to find your head banging. Lyrically, becoming a better person in general is something we all strive for but the way the vocals are delivered in this song make you really believe it.
The groove and propulsive rhythms carry through on “Blackout” and the infectious, “You and Not Me”.
Chicago’s bass kicks off the raucous “Get Out Of My Way”. It is another of the album’s many “message” songs. Another anthem for resilience, self-respect and determination. They get you hyped up and ready for battle, whatever your fight may be.
That theme continues on, “Oath” which gives you some melodic keys and pulls you into a more emotional groove. Devour the Day as a whole has a real Saliva (pre-vocalist change-up) and of course, Egypt Central sound to it. Even with the audio tracking the duo really deliver that angry rock we all love so much.
“Handshakes to Fist Fights” is another hard-hitting track that you can tell was written for a specific reason and really gives you the sense that they are in this to win it. There’s an urban current to this one which carries over to “Crossroads”, a great number that shouldn’t be slept on: Simple keys, a groovy melody and lyrics that are easily relateable. It segues nicely into the album closer, “The Drifter”. Without a doubt some of the best lyrics on the record and the acoustic feel to the song is a great way to really hear the talent that both guys have churning in their souls. All in all I was extremely impressed with the journey this album takes you through; the vocals, the melodies, and the various sonic and lyrical statements.
The entire “Time & Pressure“ album is a true tribute to what Joey and Blake are trying to do and that is simply make the music they want to make without having to compromise anything. The breakup of their former project was a definite wake up call and the spirit and integrity they bring to “Time & Pressure” does justice to their reputation for crafting great rocks songs with an empowering message.
Regardless of your preferred genre, Devour the Day is sure to impress you with their dedication, talent and well written lyrics. You definitely want to check out “Time & Pressure“!