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Review: FowlBeast - Race with the Devil Vade Retro Satana
Race with the Devil Vade Retro Satana

Label: Independent
Year released: 2023
Duration: 7:47
Tracks: 2
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: December 24, 2023
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 4/5 (80%) (3 Votes)

I don't have a lot of information about this band or the two songs on this "single" that is being released ahead of the movie Race with the Devil, a remake of the 1975 film of the same name which starred Peter Fonda. I don't see this band or these songs listed on the soundtrack on the movie's IMDb page, so who knows what the deal is. What I can say is they are pretty kick ass. The band is called FowlBeast and the songs, "The Devil's Got a Hold on Me" and "Race for Life" are rough, punchy slices of early '80s US metal in the same vein as bands like Thrust, Steeler (the Ron Keel/Yngvie Malmsteen version), and Twisted Sister. The guitars are thick, with a throaty crunch and the vocals alternate between gritty bellows and high-pitched howls. FowlBeast aren't reinventing the wheel or anything, so the songs themselves are not overly distinctive, but they have captured the vibe of the time when heavy metal was still grimy, underground, and distasteful to mainstream music sensibilities, and all the reasons we loved it so much. I'd like to hear more from this band before I recommend them wholeheartedly, but kudos for capturing a moment in time.

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