Charm City Devils, it’s a catchy name for a band, even more catchy when it’s initials are used with CCD, and even most of the songs on the album Sins are catchy. Sins opens up with “Spite”, a song that is played with quick beats, hefty lyrics, and vocals that remind me of a band that has many years of experience. It’s a song that I liked because it has a familiar and likable sound from the first listen and even after the third time. The album has a set list of songs that would sound great in a bar or when just hanging out with some friends at home.
The band takes a shot with the song “Man of Constant Sorrow”, a song that has been made popular by the movie “O Brother Where Art Thou”, a song that I’ve sung myself, that’s a lot of fun to sing and very hard to reproduce that quality. Surprisingly Charm City Devils does a good rendition of the song that I actually enjoyed. It’s nothing like the one from the movie, but that’s because this song is different with it’s edgier beats and rock and roll format. Though if the band had tried to do this song similar to the movie version it would not have been as good. The band has taken a song that I wouldn’t have thought it could a rock song and made it one.
What I liked the most about this album though is how easy it is to listen to the songs. Before I knew it the 11 tracks had finished and I was ready for another go at it. Though I did like the songs, Sins is one of those albums that is well played and liked but it’s one that can be overlooked. Like a hard working employee who never gets the recognition of doing more than what is asked for, Charm City Devils are a band have created songs that people will say, oh I know this one but what’s the name of the group again. Vocals are well sung that give the songs a tough guy sound as well as making them catchy. Though the guitar riffs being played are what make the songs have that heavy metal edge and power. Sins might not be talked about 30 years from but when stacked up against the other heavy metal/rock and roll albums out now it’s got the edge on them.