Crannk Interviews-Devil Sold His Soul-Ed & Paul

Devil Sold His Soul begin a new chapter in their highly-acclaimed career, recently signing to metal heavyweights Nuclear Blast Records, and less than a week away from their fourth studio album ‘Loss’, the first album recorded with the dual vocal attack of Ed Gibbs and Paul Green. I caught up with Ed & Paul ahead of the release of “Loss” to talk all about the latest release, recording and songwriting, and some of the themes on “Loss” from anxiety, to dealing with Loss.

Devil Sold His Soul, burst onto the UK underground metal and hardcore scene in 2004 growing a cult following from their first record, ‘Darkness Prevails’ EP released through Visible Noise (BRING ME THE HORIZON) in 2005. Their debut album, ‘A Fragile Hope’ saw the band take their position as one of the most respected underground bands in the UK with their visceral and captivating live shows. Devil Sold His Soul’s sophomore album, ‘Blessed and Cursed’, elevated their sound and audience to new heights, voted into RockSound Magazine’s top 10 albums of 2010. In 2012 the band unleashed their third self-produced album, ‘Empire Of Light’. Received critical acclaim across the board, the album cemented their position as one of the UK’s most respected and revered metal acts.

With Ed Gibbs departing the band early in the year, 2013 saw the first new material featuring singer Paul Green with single ‘Time’, followed by 2014’s ‘Belong Betray’ EP and 2016’s ‘The Reckoning’. After welcoming Gibbs back to sing on the 2017 ‘A Fragile Hope’ anniversary tour, the band asked Gibbs to continue the dual vocals with Green for the remaining festivals and tours that year, with the line-up then becoming a permanent fixture.

2018 saw the band travel beyond Europe with their first touring in Asia, they also began to put the foundations down on what would become their new record ‘Loss’. Written about the struggles faced in recent years, ‘Loss’ treads familiar ground and explores exciting new territories for DEVIL SOLD HIS SOUL, including for the first time the dual vocals of Gibbs and Green on record. Recorded, engineered, and mixed by guitarist Jonny Renshaw at his UK-based Bandit Studios, Devil Sold His Soul have poured heart and sincerity into every atom of their fourth album, with songwriting elevated to new levels. The album meanders through a narrative of personal loss, grief, and the process of healing, it touches on mental health and the anxiety in us all. Though the album is deeply personal and reflective of some dark times, ‘Loss’ is still positive and full of uplifting melody and vigor. It is defiant, bold, and intertwined with the topics that connect us all as humans.

Rick Chapple – Guitar, Piano
Jonny Renshaw – Guitar
Alex Wood – Drums
Jozef Norocky – Bass
Paul Green – Vocals
Ed Gibbs – Vocals



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