Diablos Guapos by the Rumble Devils offers every standard rock ‘n’ roll cliché in the book – and the sound to match. Tracks like Whiskey and Mary Wanna (two clear influences throughout the record) deliver a rock-ska perspective with Motorhead-esque vocals after the band’s seven-year hiatus. After such a long pause, they should have knocked it out of the park, but instead Diablos Guapos rehashes 13 tracks focused primarily on sex, drugs and how “rock ‘n’ roll will never die.” King and Queen is by far the most poetic song on the album and offers a refreshing tempo change, but altogether the album lacks originality on almost every level. That being said, it’s a good album for thoughtless beer drinking.
Published in Volume 64, Number 16 of The Uniter (January 21, 2010)