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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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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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.
This is my first Devildriver cd and I must say I'm mightily impressed.
A few words to describe the cd overall?
Melodic in a few parts.
A double kick drum that will knock you flat.
All in all a cd that simply does NOT let down.
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"
"Bring the Fight"
"Crowns of Creation"
2011 is shaping up to be the year of metal.
A multitude of bands are releasing new material.
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 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.
And they have never sounded hungrier or angrier than they do right now. Frontman Dez Fafara (who started out his career by spending time in the nu-metal band Coal Chamber) has upped his foaming-at-the-mouth ferocity to positively palpable levels, laying down one ultra-visceral vocal line and livid lyric after another. And he is backed up by an impossibly-tight musical bed comprised of excellent death metal/thrash riffage and brutal bass lines. And drummer John Boecklin, meanwhile, is also of note in that his talents seem to be getting better and better with each album, too. He lays down some really great drumming, here, which is usually delivered in the form of pounding blasts and racing thrash beats.
The blistering "Dead To Rights" kicks the album off in good stead, as it is mainly centered around Fear Factory-esque staccato rhythms (comprised of great, grinding riffs and pummeling double-time drumming). It does tuck in some exceptional, winding, At The Gates/Black Dahlia Murder-esque soloing (thus weaving some poisonous melodies into the mix), for good measure, though. "Bring The Fight (To The Floor)" follows this opener up in suitably scorching fashion, with a deep, heart-racing groove tattooed by fiery thrash picking and thundering drums. And "Hardened" is another scathing earth-scorcher with concussive interplay between the blistering guitars, drums, and bass. But as good a song as it is, it is almost overshadowed by what comes next: "S***list," which begins with a nice, and almost symphonic-sounding acoustic guitar intro, followed by some tasty, whammy-bar guitar licks, and then promptly locks into a whiplash-inducing, "The Great Southern Trendkill"-era Pantera-reminiscent groove.
Next comes "Talons Out (Teeth Sharpened)," which boasts a pounding, churning groove, and big, powerfully visceral (and, thus, instinctively memorable) choruses. This song is mostly of note, however, for featuring the album's best guitar solo -- and what a ripping and unorthodox solo it is, too! "You Make Me Sick" is like the above-described "S***list" in that it begins with an atmospheric melodic guitar intro, but is first and foremost occupied by blistering, mosh-intensive riffing/drumming, and a scathing chorus that will tattoo itself to the listener's brain (just try to get the song's bellowed title phrase out of your head!). "Coldblooded" is another thunderous, earth-quaking deluge of huge riffs, ripping solos, and machine gun-fast blasting; but "Blur," with its rhythmically staccato drums and guitar work, strong, grumbling bass line, anthemic choruses, and black metal-influenced vocal shrieks, is the better of the two songs.
"The Blame Game," with its really catchy, head-bangable main groove, memorable, slam-danceable, shout-along chorus, and seething slow, chugging breakdowns, continues to draw the listener in with strong hooks that latch themselves onto your frontal lobe. And nearing the end, both the propulsive, driving "Black Soul Choir" (an 18 Horsepower cover) and the closing "Lend Myself To The Night" are seemingly joined at the hip in that they are both clearly tailor-made for getting mosh pits everywhere swirling mightily, and both boast some nice, In Flames-y twin-guitar melodies. (Although only the former track can claim to have jackhammering percussion, fiery, rip-roaring guitar leads, and another memorable, shrieked chorus, as well.) And lastly, "Crowns Of Creation" is yet another scalding, speaker-shaking knockout blow. It is highlighted by stop-start drum blasts, and not one, but two memorable guitar solos (the first of which being a jazzy-sounding solo, and the second being very ripping and air-guitar-able).
Although "Beast" does not quite trump 2009's "Prey For Villains" in terms of quality or novelty, it does match that album in terms of intensity, infectious hooks, and musicianship. As such, Devildriver continue to further their status as one of the hottest metal bands in the biz, and one that, with each and every album, appears to be proving to the world that it can seemingly do no wrong. Exhilarating, brutal as f***, well-produced, and impeccably-played, it would be really surprising if you could find me one extreme metallist that does not say "Beast" makes for one extremely satisfying listen.