The Devil’s Trade Can See Clearly Now

On the Verge of New Album, The Devil’s Trade Looks Back With One Last  Single

The Devil’s Trade is forging a new path. What started ten years ago as a solitary journey between Dávid György Makó and his banjo has grown into something that looks more like a band.

For ‘Vid​é​kek Vannak Idebenn’, Makó leaned heavier on electronic textures. You could hear the added impact on the album’s first single, which is shrouded in synths that shift like smoke over a mountain. But he also brought in his old friend and former bandmate  Gáspár Binder, whose dark and stormy drumming sets off the clanging explosions of the title track.  

“Clear Like the Wind” is something else. While it’s still shadowed by ghostly synth glows, the stripped-down production harkens back to the very first Devil’s Trade album. It’s so quiet that you can hear Makó’s right hand sliding up and down his guitar, repeating a simple but haunted melody, perhaps as a way to revisit this moment of regret. 

‘Vid​é​kek Vannak Idebenn’ came at a strange time for Makó. He could see that one period of his life was ending but couldn’t quite tell when the next one would start. Instead, he found himself in a paraylzed state, floating somewhere between the past and present. “Clear Like the Wind” is about reaching out for help, but the lyrics could be addressed to Makó’s younger self.

“Why can’t we stay still?” he asks, his voice burly and weathered as a fallen oak branch. “Give me your hand before you leave”. 

“This one comes from a very weird place”, Makó says about the new single. “When you’re proper depressed, you don’t even think of being depressed. You are just sitting in an empty place alone, being not able to let in anything that could help. You don’t even create from this darkness. You are unable to express anything. I had been there and when you are able to make a sound, it is when you are slowly getting out of that place, even if only for a few minutes. This song comes from these minutes when I was able to realize my life had fallen to pieces. I am still unable to stand up and I let the only one who could have helped me leave.”   

‘Vid​é​kek Vannak Idebenn’ is out July 14. Pre-save it HERE and pre-order it HERE

1. Felkelék én (3:17)
2. Flashing Through the Lack of Light (6:28) [WATCH]
3. Vidékek vannak idebenn (8:19) [LISTEN]
4. Clear Like the Wind (5:36)
5. Liminal (6:42)
6. Fordulj kedves lovam (6:27)
7. All Kings Must Fall (3:30)
8. Új hajnal már nem jő (4:44)
Total: 45:03
Photo by Chantik Photography


  1. occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold.

“I was in the liminal space between past and present”

It is of no surprise liminal space is a key element in the next phase of The Devil’s Trade’s fourth album, ’Vidékek vannak idebenn’ (a title that loosely translates to ’There Are Landscapes Within’) as Dávid Makó, the man behind the moniker has indeed arrived to a threshold in his career, where the phase starting with his self-released debut ’Those Miles We Walked Alone’ ended after his latest album ’The Call of the Iron Peak’. The concept of liminal space itself is a not necessarily pleasant state of mind where you left behind your old life, but new doors haven’t exactly opened just yet. 

As Makó states ’The process my first three records pieced together ended, that was no path for me to take anymore, but to take a step forward I had to make decisions I wasn’t inspired enough to make.’ – and from this frustrated, sort of paralyzed state of floating, a new incarnation of The Devil’s Trade was born and so was ‘Vidékek vannak idebenn’ along with it.

While still true to his solo artist roots, delivering gut-wrenching melodies of darkness and beauty on his own, Makó needed an expansion to his universe. With the addition of long-time friend and former bandmate Gáspár Binder on drums and a live keyboard player, he finally took the much needed step forward and ‘Vidékek vannak idebenn’ portrays the next sonic phase of The Devil’s Trade.

A soundtrack to the next phase of his life. A soundtrack to souls stuck in liminal space, hungry to adapt to new realities and to grow further, outside the boundaries which so often shackle them.

Style: Dark Doom Folk

Recording studio: Templom, Budapest Hungary
Producer: Makó Dávid
Mix/Master: Szabolcs Szűcs

Recording line-up:
Dávid Makó: vocals, guitars, keyboards, banjo
Gáspár Binder: drums

Dávid Makó: vocals, guitars, banjo
Gáspár Binder: drums
Gábor Tóth: keyboard

Cover artwork
Bálint Benkő (Volume Of Voids)


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