Medically-induced coma hallucinations are probably the best possible inspiration for stoner-esque heavy metal I’ve ever come across, and my goodness it shows! Devil To Pay’s debut album Thirty Pieces Of Silver was born out of the otherworldly visions Steve Janiak experienced after a medical emergency left him fighting for his life. So many similar bands with paranormal/occult themes are popping up, but how many of them can honestly say they owe their sound to direct contact with the other side?
Of course, Devil To Pay have earthly influences as well (Kyuss, Down, and Sleep, among others). They almost remind me of a slightly less weird Alice In Chains. Their Facebook description reads “convenient, powerful riffs.” While I am not sure how one can make an inconvenient riff, the rest is definitely absolutely true. Every song I’ve heard from them is a Southern-style riff-fest, and it’s fantastic. I’ve spent the last ten minutes rocking out in my seat listening to their ReverbNation page instead of writing a conclusion — it’s just that good.
Below is the video for their very first single “Tractor Fuckin’ Trailer.” Enjoy!