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Beast

Devildriver Audio CD
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2011 release, the Metal band's fifth album, which is an exorcism of animalistic, primal hooks, Death Metal percussion and propulsive thrashing. With Beast, DevilDriver ventured into new territory: the grooves are catchier than ever, but there's an intricacy and taut technicality to them, representative of an angrier musical monster. Beast comes a mere two years after the band's incredibly successful Pray for Villains, which debuted at #35 on the Billboard Top 200. Villains even surpassed first-week sales of their critically acclaimed 2007 outing, The Last Kind Words and 2005's The Fury of Our Maker's Hand. It's been a constant uptick for the Southern California quintet since they first blasted a hole through the zeitgeist in 2003 with their pivotal self-titled debut.

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DevilDriver tear their way through heavy metal again with Beast, the band's fifth album for Roadrunner Records, which is an exorcism of animalistic primal hooks, death metal percussion and propulsive thrashing. With Beast, DevilDriver ventured into new territory: the grooves are catchier than ever, but there's an intricacy and taut technicality to them, representative of an angrier musical monster. Beast, comes a mere two years after the band's incredibly successful Pray for Villains, which debuted at number 35 on the Billboard Top 200. Villains even surpassed first-week sales of their critically acclaimed 2007 outing, The Last Kind Words and 2005's The Fury of Our Maker's Hand. It's been a constant uptick for the Southern California quintet since they first blasted a hole through the zeitgeist in 2003 with their pivotal self-titled debut. Also available as a Special Edition CD/DVD version featuring 3 bonus tracks and a DVD with an hour and a half documentary that chronicles the band from day one through their last album in 2009. It also includes 4 music videos.

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2.0 out of 5 stars I was hoping for Villains part deux Sept. 20 2011
Format:Audio CD
Not what I was expecting.

I like the self-titled album, Pray for Villains, and a couple songs off Fury of the Maker's hands.

The first song is on this CD is awful. I tried to find something redeeming on the rest of the album but it seems really amateurish compared to the previous four albums. I would definitely not buy this CD again and I am a Devildriver fan. If you want a good CD try Unearth's last few instead of this.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  19 reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly good, some pretty bad lyrics. No surprises. An improvement. Feb. 25 2011
By Metalli-Holic - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Two polar opposite opinions on this album -

1)Music = pretty damn good. There are some bland moments and a little filler, but all in all, this is far better than their last album. I will definitely spend a lot more time with this. For all my criticism of this band in the past, they continue to shine when it comes to making great grooves at an intense speed. For the most part, with this album, you can have your cake and eat it too. The groove isnt muddied up by old and abused metalcore and numetal moments. While there is a few tracks that dangle dangerously close, its hard not to like this cd. Two thumbs up, trimuphant return for this band.

2)Lyrics - Are you kidding? What happened on "you make me sick"? Seriously. The chorus. He couldnt come up with four different lines for the chorus? This band struggles with something and its largely Dez's fault. While he is a superb vocalist in my opinion, his lyrics are too often nothing more than idiotic beer drinking redneck fodder. Its for the people that still stand up and sing every word of sweet home alabama when it comes on as if its the highlight of their life. Seriously. Just stop. When they are pouring out pure hatred, the music sounds great. The tough guy posing and repetitive choruses are just stupid though, and definitely seem like they are coming from a guy more intent on making amends for his past work(hello, coal chamber) than actually making a place for this new band. Musics awesome, lyrics still struggle(look at The Last Kind Words for Dez's only real lyrical output that wasnt total crap). Good cd, love it. Just painful to listen to the words sometimes.

Recommended? Very highly. If you liked their past work at all, you will love this. The songwriting is definitely going in the right direction, and Dez's voice still sounds great and powerful.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Punishing!!! March 23 2011
By Brian Nallick - Published on Amazon.com
W - O - W!!!
This is my first Devildriver cd and I must say I'm mightily impressed.
A few words to describe the cd overall?
Heavy.
Fast.
Melodic in a few parts.
Stellar musicianship.
Vicious vocals.
A double kick drum that will knock you flat.
All in all a cd that simply does NOT let down.
Incredible production.
Not overly produced but at the same time not sounding like it was recorded in someone's garage.
This is a brutal disc from start to finish.

Stand out tracks for me?
"Dead to Rights"
"S List".
"Bring the Fight"
"Crowns of Creation"

2011 is shaping up to be the year of metal.
A multitude of bands are releasing new material.
Septic Flesh.
Samael.
Amon (former Deicide guitarists)
It's going to be hard to pick a top ten much less a clear winner but Devildriver's "Beast" is just that..........a beast.

Pure sonic destruction at it's finest and already positioning itself as one of 2011's finest releases.
Now I just need to go back and listen to the entire back catalog.
(Sigh)..........who ever said being a metal head was easy?
Beast?
Recommended.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thrash/Groove At Its Most...Above Average? Four-and-a-half Stars! Feb. 22 2011
By J. Hill - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I don't see too many people proclaiming that DevilDriver is the best band whatever metal subgenre has to offer, but they appear to be gaining momentum. Beast sees them evolving into a more determined, intense unit, focusing more on thrash elements like speed, technicality (on both riffs and solos), and double bass. I can still hear their modern melodic influences, but the sound is heavier overall on this cd. I liked their last two albums, but something kept them at the level of good-but-not-great. While I don't yet regard Beast as great, so far it sounds closer to it than Pray For Villains, certainly. That album had some great songs on it, but too many that sounded like uninspired filler for me to completely get into. I think Beast will have a lot more staying power for me.

Beast opens sending a message, as the first two tracks showcase the heavier emphasis on speed and technicality. The next few songs are more in the mid-paced, groove vein, which I have mixed feelings about. One criticism I've seen about DevilDriver is that they can sometimes sound a bit generic, or a little too like Pantera. In my opinion, those moments happen most often on the mid-paced tracks. The faster songs, like the first two and Blur, are when this band sounds the most inventive; I think they offer some interesting, sometimes unconventional riffs and drum patterns on the faster stuff. Even some of the slower material has that quality, but when they get mid-paced, the songs almost get boring, with riffs and beats you feel like you've heard from a million different bands. So, musically, I think Beast shows the most promise yet of anything from DevilDriver, with probably their most formidable collection of songs, but still with some room for improvement.

A few comments about Dez; I've been a fan of his since I saw that one band he used to be in back before they released their first album. His heavy vocals have always had a unique quality that metal vocalists need to sustain a long-term career. He definitely brings the intensity on this album, like he has on the others from DevilDriver. I have to say, though, that his one-dimensional style can get monotonous. I'm not in favor of hearing him use Coal Chamber-style clean vocals, but I know he has more dynamics as a vocalist than he shows in DevilDriver. I wouldn't mind hearing him mix up his delivery, as long as it fit the tone of the songs. But I am happy that, despite having done clean vocals in the past, Dez hasn't resorted to mainstream metalcore cheese, which he has the voice to pull off. Thank you, Dez, for keeping it metal!

I like quite a few other bands in the thrash/groove genre more than DevilDriver, but most of them are from a previous era, like Testament, Overkill, or Machine Head. But when compared to metal bands from the 2000's, I don't know of any that I like as much. While I still wouldn't quite give this band an A, I think they've improved from a B to a B+ with the new cd. The skill level seems to be up, and I'd love to see them build on this album's momentum and step into the metal elite.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Really good but not the best. Oct. 3 2012
By chaosisthename - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I feel Dez creating Devildriver is a very positive musical career choice for him but they are starting to go downhill. The Last Kind Words and Pray For Villains were the highlights in my opinion. Beast is good, just not as good as they could do. I personally believe they need to go back to the Pray For Villain days and redeem themselves and stay away from this Beast era.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beast Shreds! Feb. 26 2011
By Elizabeth Wonderham - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album amazes me from start to finish what more can I say? I've been a fan of DevilDriver for a long time now, and I personally think after each album they release they keep getting better. The Guitar writing on this album blows me away, some of the best I've heard in awhile. The vocals are also amazing, and blow me away. I've had this album on repeat a few times, and I can't get enough of this album. This album shreds. Beast is one of my favorite albums of 2011. This is a must have album for metal fans. This album doesn't disappoint, and is well worth your money. I recommend the Deluxe Version of this album for the DVD, and the bonus songs. I like all the songs on this album, all the songs on this album are amazing.
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