It’s about who you know, not what you know. Who hasn’t heard that old adage? Well, when a name the likes of Nikki Sixx personally gives his seal of approval, and even asks a band out on tour, odds are that band is not going to say no. Thus, one of maisntream rock’s next big acts began its career in 2009. The act in question is Baltimore, MD based Charm City Devils. The band’s sophomore record, “Sin” will be on store shelves tomorrow. And it goes without saying that this new record is anything but deadly. However, it’s a record that’s a perfect fit for mainstream rock radio.
“Sin” opens with a full throttle, no nonsense adrenaline pumper in ‘Spite.’ The band keeps the adrenaline flowing at max speed with the defiant, fist pumper, ‘Unstoppable’ right after that. ‘Man of Constant Sorrow’ is quite the interesting cover. It takes the hit song from George Clooney’s hit movie, and gives it a decidedly new vibe. The band kicks things right back into gear after that cover, with another high adrenaline track in ‘Still Alive.’ ‘Devil is a Woman’ is one of those standard testosterone-fueled rock tracks that no true hard rock record is complete without. So many audiences can relate to this one. The vibe from here on out is little different, as the band keeps the energy at its highest until gently depositing listeners on another shore at the album’s end in the ballad, ‘All You’ll Ever Need.’ It’s just enough to leave audiences with a sense of total fulfillment as they catch their breaths.
‘Sins’ is a great record. Even had Charm City Devils not gotten the nod from Nikki Sixx, “Sins” shows that the band would still have been able to make a name for itself on its own. But it never hurts to have the backing of such a big name. Now, with the right support from fans and mainstream rock radio, audiences nationwide may very well be hearing a lot more from this band in the near future. It’s a great record for fans of bands such as: Buckcherry, Black Stone Cherry, Brand New Sin, and others of that ilk. Fans who want to check out the band live will get their chance as the band will be heading out on tour, beginning next Thursday, April 19th in Roanoke, VA. From there, the band heads to Maryland, before charting a course through the midwest. The band’s lone west coast date will be May 1st in Spokane, WA. No dates in North Carolina as of yet. But fans can keep up to date with all the band’s dates on its facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/charmcitydevils. Fans can also follow the band on Twitter at http://twitter.com/CharmCityDevils. The band is currently working on a new official website. Fans can keep an eye on the progress of that website at http://www.charmcitydevils.