In what I consider to be extremely sad news, it looks as if The Devil’s Blood has joined an unfortunate growing list of my favorite bands calling it quits. On Friday morning, The Devil’s Blood posted this via their official Facebook page:
As of the 22nd of January 2013 The Devil´s Blood has returned into nothingness.
All planned Rituals will be cancelled.
No interviews will be done.
-SL & F
The Devil’s Blood – 2007 / 2013
This website and the Facebook page will remain on-line. So any imminent development regarding the legacy of The Devil’s Blood will be announced there and nowhere else. The web store will remain open until further notice.
After a short but extremely productive 5 years, it looks like the Devil’s Blood has called it a day. While I am so bummed about this, I cannot say that I’m too surprised. First off, songwriter/guitarist Selim Lemouchi is one crazy motherfucker. Like most amazingly talented artists, he always seemed a bit off his rocker a bit. He’s a totally intense individual who takes his spiritual believes extremely serious.
Selim is like the polar opposite of Stryper. Everything he does as an artist is a dedication to his spiritual believe. In all honesty, I have to give him credit for his passion for his beliefs. It’s not for me but for the same reason I can respect an act like Stryper, I think it’s a pretty powerful thing to use music as a channel for your spirituality.
I also know that, like any great band in history with siblings, there was always a sense of tension between Selim and his lead vocalist sister Farida Lemouchi who actually referred to herself as “The Mouth of Satan.” Yeah, I know. Pretty intense stuff but why call it quits? Maybe Selim felt that he had done all he could do. Maybe he will go back to being a member of black metal masters Watain (whose song “The Devil’s Blood” inspired Selim to name his band.).
Whatever the reasons for their split, we may never know. The Devil’s Blood was a band that intrigued me like no other. They were a band shrouded in mystery and did very little press choosing to live solely through their music and live performances. The Devil’s Blood leave behind a legacy of three brilliant releases (Come Reep EP, The Time of No Time Evermore, The Thousandfold Epicentre) that I found to be some of the most fascinating material I have ever listened to. I’m glad I had the opportunity to see them live at least once.
The Devil’s Blood: Another band gone way too soon. Best of luck to Selim, Farida, and everyone else involved with The Devil’s Blood. Thanks for the timeless music that I will enjoy for many years to come.