Reviewed by Chris Hammond
Devildriver- Dealing with the Demons I
Label: Napalm Records
Release Date: October 2, 2020
Dez Fafara – vocals (2002–present) Mike Spreitzer – lead guitar (2004–present) Neal Tiemann – rhythm guitar (2015–present) Austin D'Amond – drums (2015–present) Diego Ibarra – bass (2016–present)
- Keep Away From Me
- Vengeance Is Clear
- Nest Of Vipers
- You Give Me A Reason To Drink
- Dealing With Demons
- The Damned Don’t Cry
- Scars Me Forever
Album Runtime: 39 minutes
Devildriver has always been one band that always released quality albums (despite line up changes, the band’s sound has never suffered). With nearly 20 years of heavy music under their belt, how better to celebrate with the first part of a double album entitled “Dealing with Demons I“.
Vocalist Dez Fafara (the only remaining original band member) has assembled a group of artists (on the band’s ninth album) who are here to bring a reinvigorated sound for all Devildriver fans to feast on. Dez brings gut stomping vocals to a heavy groove-laden musical clinic, that has yet to be matched by any band in the same genre. One thing that Dez has added to his arsenal is a cleaner vocal style especially seen on the standout song “Wishing“.
Although not a full departure from the sound heard on previous albums, fans will definitely note a more cohesive and heavily energized band than ever before.
Songs like “Nest of Vipers” and “Scars Me Forever” start with grooving guitar riffs, before knocking listeners teeth down their throat with well-timed pounding drums and attitude-driven vocals.
Current Devildriver band members have created a masterpiece of emotions with the new album lead by veteran frontman Dez Fafara. If “Dealing with Demons I” is any indication of where Devildriver is headed musically, fans are no doubt in for a treat.
Album available now on Mp3, CD, and LP formats