Deverova Chyba – Doforoty

Deverova Chyba

This Czech band does uses guitars, but only as an accent. Basically, this is a bass and drums band. And hence, it’s almost all rhythm. Blasts of bass and drums have no accompaniment other than the vocals, which puts a lot of pressure on those vocals. Sung entirely in Czech, the vocals are spat out, sung/shouted in a kind of off-tone attitude-filled voice, often fitting with the low-end music but still sounding pained and painful.
Deverova Chyba play what can only be described as bass-heavy metal. It’s not metal in the fast-paced, kill-your-mother sort of way but in the old-school Metallica meets Black Sabbath sort of way. That’s not 100 percent true, although it provides a decent framework for these songs. The band’s super talented bass player obviously takes the lead, and his intricate bass work often lends a more detailed and almost mathy rhythm to the music.
The bassline that kicks off “To Take Delight” (song titles are in Czech and English) is killer, but when the vocals come in, I swear he sounds like he’s whining, and I’m not referring to the words that I can’t understand. At times their double bass assault works well, like on the low-end “We Cut,” a powerful track but not metal at all. There’s a bit of a growl to the vocals on the all-out, aggressive “Security,” and there’s almost a funk feel to the slightly poppy “No Regret.” I swear on “Cash Machine,” one of the more intense yet not hardest tracks here, the guy has to be singing about something more meaningful than a cash machine. Again, the bass emphasis does little more than make “From High Above” sound funky. Then the band tacks on several songs from their earlier demo, and actually, despite the more straightforward bar-rock feel of these songs, they have nice production and a more earthy, less angry rhythm sound. There’s even some nice strings on the excellent instrumental “Vina.”
I must admit, not understanding the lyrics often gets in the way for me when listening to bands from outside the US. Some bands, like Sigur Ros, make their non-English vocals part of the instrumentation, but here it’s shouted and in your face. On songs like “Between Us,” the rapid-fire vocal delivery seems integral to the rather mundane rock but instead is distracting. On “Limitless,” the band sounds like they’re doing a cover of a song from Boy Sets Fire’s first album at times, oddly enough. The problem is the vocals are at times completely unaccompanied, and it’s hard to hear.
Yeah, this isn’t really my thing. Too much bass for my taste. There’s a variety of other bands doing the double bass thing – Volta Do Mar, Dianogah quickly come to mind – but these guys sound a bit too much like a garage band, lacking the aforementioned bands’ penchant for tight production and flowing intricacies. This isn’t bad, but it’s a bit too metal for my taste.