Baltimore hard rockers Charm City Devils pour their hearts and souls out for ticket buyers every time they take the stage. The quintet evokes classic rock acts like Aerosmith and AC/DC with their own bluesy blend of gritty vocals, heavy guitar riffs, and catchy choruses, and nowhere is their driving sound more potent than in concert. At the helm is lead singer John Allen, who shows off his impressive range as he tears through fist-pumping anthems like "Shots" accompanied by a sizzling twin axe attack courtesy of guitarists Victor Karrera and Nick Kay. It all adds up to fast-paced, frenzied performances and one heck of a good time.
Vocalist John Allen -- former drummer for Child's Play and SR-71 -- founded hard rock collective Charm City Devils in Baltimore in 2007. He and his four bandmates -- bassist Anthony Arambula, drummer Jason Heiser, and guitarists Victor Karrera and Nick Kay -- signed to Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx's record label Eleven Seven Music a year later. In 2009 they released their debut album Let's Rock-N-Roll, which spawned the singles "Let's Rock n' Roll (Endless Road)" and "Best Of The Worst". The band soon took their bluesy, southern-tinged hard rock on tour with supporting gigs for Motley Crue, Buckcherry, Guns N' Roses, and Slash. They returned to the studio in 2014 where they teamed up with Grammy-winning producer Skidd Mills (12 Stones, Saving Abel, Sick Puppies) for their crowd pleasing third album, Battles.