"Fist Full of Devils" (Schnitzel; 2021)

Reviewed by Snidermann

I have to give a lot of credit to instrumental musicians. They have no singer or lyrics to fall back on and, if you think about it, that is really a big deal.

My latest instrumental is find Earl Slick and his recording "Fist Full of Devils." This is one album that takes the listener's imagination and sets it free. This music lets you explore not only what is going on when you listen to the music it self, it transports you to a place of your choosing and in your own mind.

This is rock'n'roll in its purest form: hard driving, easy and fun to listen to, and—in the end—you are making up stories that go with the music and the more you listen the more the music deepens and your mind continues the story line with no help from lyrics at all.

Let’s think about that for a moment: Usually the singer and the song lyrics transport you where they want you to go. That is not the case when it comes to instrumental music. It is up to musician to take the listener where he wants them to go, with using words. Of course, music has been doing that for centuries. Most classical music is without vocals and each and every time is a different experience as you listen. I contribute that to the lack of words in the music.

I have listened to "Fist Full of Devils" three times and each time it takes me to a place I did not go before. Earl Slick and his band are simply one of the best bands I have heard in quite some time. I loved going where they guided me to go. Check out Earl Slick online and you will find a few releases and if any of those recordings are anything like this one, well, I will just have to go explore that one for myself next and I suggest you all do the same.

For more information, check out https://www.facebook.com/EarlSlickOfficial/.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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