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Devildriver: Winter Kills

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.

Track listing
1. The Oath
2. Ruthless
3. Desperate Times
4. Winter Kills
5. The Appetite
6. Gutted
7. Curses and Epitaph's
8. Caring's Overkill
9. Hunting Refrain
10. Tripping Over Tombstones
11. Sail

Added: August 17th 2013
Reviewer: Scott Jessup
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 2037
Language: english

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Devildriver: Winter Kills
Posted by Mark Davies, SoT Staff Writer on 2013-08-18 13:15:00
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Devildriver is Dez Fafara's true home; this is where he shines the best and with their sixth release Winter kills that shine has become a blinding light.

If you want lessons in brutality and passion with a delivery to bring any country to its knees begging then the Devildriver boys can meet your needs. With most of the vocals performed with one take it's certainly an indication in how much this album means to Dez and his fellow band members. 'Oath Of The Abyss' gives you a sense of what's in store however its 'Ruthless' that really crushes the ribs with a power punch to explode internal organs. The albums weighty shredding guitar riffs pound the skull with relentless overtures of twisted rusted metal. Title track 'Winter Kills' is a barrage of rolling riffs and Dez ripping his throat close to haemorrhage, you can feel the passion he has in this magnificent delivery. With an inhuman delivery behind the kit by John Boecklin it ensures the intensity remains high throughout. With the albums pace replicating a 100mph skateboard ride it comes as a surprising relief that things take a slowdown for 'Sail'. Dez still encompassing his brutality drenched vocals, however at a slower pace, it's possibly the closest to a Devildriver ballad you're going to get. Finishing off with a couple of bonus tracks it brings this mesmerizing metal journey to an end.

Love 'em or hate 'em you have to raise your horns to Devildriver for delivering consistent albums and tours for a number of years. Winter Kills is their best to date it's so good that I've already ordered a copy on vinyl, that's an indication of how much its impressed me…an album that should elevate them above their peers and beyond.

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