Lookout as Devildriver are back with their hardened music filled with gripping monster riffage and aggressive vocals unveiling a destructive heavy metal attack on album number six Winter Kills. Set to be released later this month Winter Kills is their first album on Napalm records and was produced by Mark Lewis (All That Remains,Black Dahlia Murder,Whitechapel) who has worked with the group previously.
On hearing "Oath Of The Abyss" it inspired thoughts of a modern day Pantera a group so many of us grew up following though Devildriver are no Pantera clone, that being said Winter Kills will surely appeal to fans of Pantera and similar bands. Devildriver's head banging intensity is also quite catchy on this opening number likewise with track two "Ruthless" and an irresistible heavy groove that this band does so well is underpinned by full speed double kicks. The implementer of those kicks drummer John Boecklin is a most competent extreme player doing a fine job with his performances on Winter Kills motivating the American metal monster that is Devildriver.
Winter Kills has many highlights like "Tripping Over Tombstones" gotta love those intense riffs, and like most of Winter Kills it should keep the band busy when it comes to performing these songs live. Plus surprises like "Sail" which closes the album and is actually their version of a song originally recorded by rock band Awoination and it's very agreeable.
Winter Kills is another potent release and Devildriver's mammoth grooves will hook anyone who takes this new album for a spin.
1. The Oath
3. Desperate Times
4. Winter Kills
5. The Appetite
7. Curses and Epitaph's
8. Caring's Overkill
9. Hunting Refrain
10. Tripping Over Tombstones