When the Chicago quartet Bible of the Devil first surfaced on the
scene about six years ago, it was hard not to hear the musicians as
a well-intentioned but nonetheless tongue-in-cheek goof on metal,
given the band members' pedigrees in other non-metal local groups,
the over-the-top band name and cumbersome indie album titles such as
"Firewater at My Command" (2002) and "Brutality, Majesty, Eternity"
(2005). But guitarist-vocalists Mark Hoffmann and Nate Perry,
drummer Greg Spalding and bassist Darren Amaya are the real deal,
synthesizing a wide array of classic-metal influences, attacking
them with a modern stoner-rock/doom attitude and delivering the
head-banging goods stronger than ever with songs such as "Hijack the
Night" and "The Turning Stone" from the new album "Freedom Metal."
"This isn't the perverse concept of 'freedom' in Dubya's sense,"
Hoffmann says of the new disc's moniker. "We're talking about
'freedom' in the purest, Hobbesian sense: 'A free man is he that is
not hindered to do what he hath the will to do.' And metal." And
metal, indeed: Sample the gleefully clangorous twin-guitar clamor
for yourself at www.myspace.com/bibleofthedevil, order the new disc
through the group's Web site at www.bibleofthedevil.com or join it
to celebrate the release at a free show at the Cobra Lounge, 235 N.
Ashland, starting at 9 p.m. on Dec. 6.