Album Review: Davenport Cabinet – "Damned Renegades"
Mon, 13 Oct 2014 07:57:21
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There's only one proper way to describe Damned Renegades—the latest opus from Davenport Cabinet.
In essence, it feels like a classic rock record cut for the space age, and that's a damned good thing (You can just crank "In Orbit" for proof!). You're going to be listening to this for a long time to come, if you let it in like all timeless albums. That's the most wonderful thing about Damned Renegades.
Following these twelve tracks, you feel like Coheed and Cambria's Travis Stever is opening up his own personal world just for you. It's that intimate and irresistible.
Everything kicks off with the unshakable opening riff of "Everyone Surrounding". That distorted chug makes for one of his best six-string moments ever as the gentle vocal hum captivates. Meanwhile, the lightly picked acoustic guitar of "Aneris" soothes with a calm and catchy crescendo, and "Bulldozer" lives up to its title with more impressive fretwork that falls somewhere between Rush and Peter Gabriel. Throughout this ride, Travis oscillates between a heavy, heartfelt delivery and a rush of instrumental prowess, artfully connecting the two at the right moments.
"Students of Disaster" gives those melodic Iron Maiden leads a run for the money, especially as the charge of vocals drives forward confidently in tandem. The title track dips into folk-y darkness before culminating on the catharsis of the snappy "Glass Balloon". It's the album's last gasp on "Graves of the Great War" which remains its most epic moment though. It's as if Travis left everything on the floor here admitting, "There's nothing left to send back home".
By the end of this journey, you're left wanting to place the needle back and hear it again. You'll be floating away with Davenport's Damned Renegades for a long time to come.
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