Review: Devil to Pay's "Bend" honors Lemmy the right way



Devil to Pay

A Bend Through Space and Time

When Lemmy Kilmister died late last year, local doomsters Devil to Pay recorded perhaps the best and greatest tribute ever. Not only does “Your Inner Lemmy” bear all of the hallmarks of classic Motorhead, the song inspires you to reach for Lemmy's greatness. The songs is included on Devil to Pay's new opus, A Bend Through Space and Time, and flawlessly fits in to this astounding collection of songs. A Bend Through Space and Time is both a companion piece to and a continuation of 2013's Fate Is Your Muse. Think Nugent's Free For All and Cat Scratch Fever, Priest's Screaming for Vengeance and Defenders of the Faith or Molly Hatchet's debut album Flirtin' with Disaster to catch my drift.

All of the hallmarks of Fate are still in play here. Molten metal intertwined with doom, introspection, and a dash of aliens are back in play on Bend, and there's nothing redundant or tired about this album.

Charging out the gate with “On and On (In Your Mind)” the album never lets up it's punishing attack. “Kobold in the Breadbasket” continues the alien theme of Fate's “Ten Lizardmen and One Pocket Knife.” “Recommended Daily Dosage” and “Don't Give Away the World” are blazing psychological headfuck anthems, and “Knuckledragger” is an unlikely love song.

The brightest of the bright here are the punishing “Laughingstock” and the incredible 7-minute doomy masterpiece “The Demons Come Home To Roost,” which show Devil To Pay with a lot left to say, and no signs of slowing down.

Album release show at Radio Radio on Saturday, August 20.

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After walking into the original NUVO offices in fall, 1990, wearing a leather jacket, sporting a purple Mohawk and scaring the bejesus out of the editorial staff, Jeff Napier quickly proved indispensable to NUVO, Indy’s music scene and its readers