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Hell Diablo brings back menacing rock and roll

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 Tyler  Brownfield debuted his new band Hell Diablo at the Slice,Saturday, Nov. 27 Brownfield, who was in local psychobilly band the Phantom Creeps almost 10 years ago, has now joined forces with Lethbridge’s busiest man in music Taylor Ackerman to record the new Hell Diablo CD “ Blood Is the New Black.”

Hell Diablo's Taylor Ackerman and Tyler Brownfield at the Slice, Nov.27. Photo by Richard Amery


For the CD release party at the Slice, Nov. 27, the recruited bassist Shawn Worden and drummer John Brooks to play pretty much all of the new CD , which also includes a few Phantom Creeps songs.


They played all of them for their set, wedged between Public Execution and Queen of the Worms.

 Hell Diablo are a solid, sleazy , snarling desert rock and roll band somewhere in between Queens of the Stone Age without Josh Homme’s high notes and Nashville Pussy without the female talent and a touch of the Supersuckers.


Their set included a couple Phantom Creeps songs and ”the Bright Side” a Those Poor Bastards song that the Phantom Creeps covered.


The Creeps covers came early in the set including one of my favourites “ Cold Hearted Man.”

Hell Diablo’s Tyler Brownfield and Shawn Worden. Photo Richard Amery


Brownfield snarled out the “fucking bullshit” chorus of that song early in the set.


He snarled  F bomb laden lyrics and ground out menacing riffs on his Gretsch, while Ackerman played most of the solos, though there were some sweet  dual leads. Ackerman’s wah wah laced solos enhanced the Queens of the Stone Age vibe and added a psychedelic rock feel to several songs.


 Worden missed nary a note, even when he broke his bass strap and Brooks hammered home the rhythm behind the skins.

They wound down their set with the title track of the new CD “ Blood is the New Black.” and ended with another highlight “Hellbound Heroes.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Friday, 03 December 2021 12:59 )  
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