You can't spell "occult" without "cult" and yet the cult status of occult rockers the Devil's Blood felt a little threatened when the group's second full album, 2011's The Thousandfold Epicentre, was up-streamed by specialized label, Ván Records, to the more financially resourceful Metal Blade, resulting in a very un-cult-like media blitz leading up to its release. However, there is no evidence that this taste of the (ahem!) "big time" has done anything to subvert the group's seditious musical agenda, nor in any way blur their proto-metal influences. If anything has changed, it is that the songs of The Thousandfold Epicentre appear to have been birthed, by and large, out of rehearsal room jams, rather than sculpted from the ground up atop recurring melodies and riffs -- then fleshed out with more elaborate arrangements and novel instrumentation, to boot.
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