No one really knew what to expect when Brand New was finally about to release their highly anticipated latest release, The Devil and God are Raging inside Me. Its release date, 3 years after their previous album, had fans unsure of what the new Brand New was going to sound like. When Your Favorite Weapon was released in 2001, it pressed forward in the pop-punk community mainly due to its semi-hit “Jude Law and a Semester Abroad.” Their next album was something much different. Their sophomore album, Deva Entendu , had a much more elaborate and matured sound, producing rave reviews from fans and critics alike. Once the touring of the album slowed down, Brand New became virtually invisible to the public. After 3 years of writing and recording their newest release, Brand New has made it clear that the wait was worth it.
The Devil and God are Raging inside Me is an album that is a clear progression from Brand New’s previous releases. Not really fitting into any category that many critics like to squeeze bands into, there is something truly unique about this album. Each song takes unexpected turns but when guided by front-man Jesse Lacey’’s vocals and lyrics, things tend to work out into a somber, cathartic adventure. Proving to be an extremely mature album, The Devil and God are Raging inside Me is nothing short of a darkly-pleasant listening experience that will have you calmly questioning subjects of death, self and religion and of course, love.