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DevilDriver Are Unleashing the ‘Beast’

Gary Wolstenholme, Redferns

There might not be a better name for a DevilDriver album than ‘Beast.’ Each of the Southern California quintet’s albums — this will be be the band’s fifth — build off the one before, taking on new forms and adapting more aggression to the mode of attack. Dez Fafara and company have never settled for anything less.

Produced by Mark Lewis (All That Remains, Trivium) and set for Feb. 22 release date, not much is known of what to expect, though drummer John Boecklin has dispelled any ideas that the newest offering will compare to the need for speed that was ‘Pray for Villans.’ “It’s interesting to me — it’s not the fastest s— we have done, nor the slowest — [but it has] lots of groove,” he said. “But to me, when people say, ‘It’s got groove,’ I think it’s a nice way of saying simple and boring these days. We wanted to avoid this.”

He continued, “Our record has a great contrast of dark riffs, stomp-bouncing drums with the right amount of blasts and double bass and outstanding vocal delivery from Dez that takes it past your average approach of the metal attempt. I’m not talking about reinventing the wheel or nothing. I just think our new album sits in its own corner from any of our other albums.”

In a recent interview with Revolver, Fafara compared it to their 2007’s ‘The Last Kind Words’ on “steroids and crank, driving a Buick Skylark 200 miles an hour straight to Vegas.”

To get pumped up for this insatiably hungry album, DevilDriver have been released a 15-chapter video documentary with footage and interviews spanning all the way back to Fafara forming the band after the demise of Coal Chamber (did you know DevilDriver had a stand-up bassist?) to beginning of ‘Beast.’

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