DevilDriver – Beast (2011)

Album Review

Although he was once the leader of makeup-wearing nu metallists Coal Chamber, singer/screamer Dez Fafara has opted to keep things 100 percent aggro/extreme metal with DevilDriver, a band that reached its fifth release overall with 2011’s Beast. DevilDriver’s roster consists mainly of dudes with long stringy hair, manly-man facial hair, and tattoos — and, unsurprisingly, the group’s music goes hand in hand with its look throughout Beast, as the album is a nonstop barrage of screaming, growling, riffing, and rat-a-tat-tat drumming. And the song titles certainly reflect the ferociousness of the music, as exemplified by “Bring the Fight (To the Floor),” “Hardened,” “Shitlist,” “You Make Me Sick,” and “Talons Out (Teeth Sharpened).” You can’t fault… Read more on allmusic.com

About the Band

Following the dissolution of Marilyn Manson/Korn-aping, nu-metal also-rans Coal Chamber, vocalist Dez Fafara hooked up with guitarists Evans Pitts and Jeffrey Kendrick, bassist Jon Miller, and drummer John Boecklin to form DevilDriver — a rather more extreme band dedicated to the subsequent hardcore-meets-death metal trends. Signed to Roadrunner like… Read more on allmusic.com

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