Dez Fafara (vocals); Mike Spreitzer (guitar); Neal Tiemann (guitar); Diego "Ashes" Ibarra (bass) and Austin D'Amond (drums).
New Album, Outlaws 'Til The End, out now via Napalm Records (featuring John Carter Cash, Hank3, Randy Blythe, Ana Cristina Cash, Mark Morton (Lamb of God), Lee Ving of Fear, Wednesday13, Burton C. Bell of Fear Factory, and Brock Lindow of 36 Crazyfists)
Globally renowned, chart-topping band DEVILDRIVER may be one of the most notable groups in metal, but their personal taste in music reaches far beyond heavy music. Thanks to widely lauded albums like 2005's epoch-shredding The Fury Of Our Maker's Hand, 2011's ante-upping, ultra-brutal Beast and 2016's acclaimed career peak Trust No One, the band - led by iconic vocalist Dez Fafara - are firmly established as one of the most consistent and best loved bands in modern metal. That said, in 2018, all expectations of who and what DEVILDRIVER are will be torched.
Outlaws 'Til The End is both a startling curveball and a ferocious statement of individuality from a band who have been a constant and effective force in the heavy metal world for the best part of two decades now.
From the opening seconds of Hank3's"Country Heroes" onward, Outlaws 'Til The End is simply one of the most invigorating records the band have made yet. More importantly, these evocative, irresistible songs have all been wholly rebuilt from the ground up, powered by the classic DEVILDRIVER sound and embellished with Fafara's unmistakable feral roar. Outlaws 'Til The End was produced, mixed and recorded with Steve Evetts (Dillinger Escape Plan, Every Time I Die, Sepultura, The Cure), with Devildriver guitarist Mike Sprietzer also lending recording talents. The album was mastered by renowned engineer Alan Douches.
Source: Adrenaline PR 2018.
DevilDriver are an American heavy metal band from Santa Barbara, California, formed in 2002, consisting of vocalist Dez Fafara (the only remaining original member), guitarists Mike Spreitzer and Neal Tiemann, bassist Diego "Ashes" Ibarra and drummer Austin D'Amond. The band was originally named Deathride, however, due to copyright issues and the name being taken by several bands, Deathride changed its name to DevilDriver, which refers to bells Italian Wiccans used to drive evil forces away. The band's logo is the Cross of Confusion, which has existed for thousands of years and refers to "question religion, question authority, question everything around you". Fafara was brought up to "question everything" and was exposed to Italian witchcraft through his grandparents.
Fafara hosted several barbecues after moving from Orange County to Santa Barbara and would jam with musicians he met, which led to the formation of the band. "I met Evan we struck up a friendship and started jamming," said Fafara. Guitarist Evan Pitts met Fafara in a restaurant and gave him his phone number for a jam session, while John Boecklin who originally played second guitar then went to play the drums.
DevilDriver's debut record was originally going to be called Thirteen, and then Straight to Hell. However, Fafara claims it was changed "for so many reasons that I can't even go into." The band's self-titled debut DevilDriver, was released on October 28, 2003 under Roadrunner Records, and entered the Top Heatseekers chart at number 17. Guitarist Pitts wrote roughly 90% of the music, according to Mike Spreitzer, who replaced Pitts after his departure from the band. Music critics response to the album was generally negative. Allmusic.com reviewer Johnny Loftus commented that elements in the songs "Die (And Die Now)" and "Swinging the Dead" redeem an otherwise disappointing album and hoped the band would focus less on the mainstream.
On March 18, 2016, DevilDriver released their first single from upcoming album, Trust No One, titled 'Daybreak', through their official YouTube channel.
DevilDriver's music has been widely described an amalgamation of groove metal and melodic death metal. All of the members have stated they are influenced by several types of music (some not even found within the heavy metal genre), Miller's influences include Metallica, Opeth, Slayer and In Flames, and states that many of the bands he tours with influences his songwriting. Fafara's influences include Johnny Cash, and Motörhead, stating he likes people with "low voices". Members of DevilDriver can be seen on Machine Head's Elegies DVD citing Machine Head as an influence. Boecklin's main inspiration into becoming a percussionist came from his enjoyment of Metallica, Primus and Ministry.
Source: DevilDriver at Wikipedia, 2017.
DevilDriver hit Denver's Gothic Theater on Februay 4, 2006 as one of the four bands currently on the In Flames tour. DevilDriver is made up of Dez Fafara (vocals), Jeff Kendrick (guitar), Mike Spreitzer (guitar), Jon Miller (bass), and John Boecklin (drums). It was a sold out show, and even though DevilDriver is still an up and coming new metal band, the theater was already a full house by the time they took stage as the second band playing in the four band lineup. DevilDriver has a very heavy, but clean melodic sound, and are accompanied with a storytelling lyrical approach in the vocals. DevilDriver started out in 2003, at the end of Dez Fafara's career with Coal Chamber, and have already produced two albums with plans to record another new album at the end of this year. As a huge fan of metal, I have to recommend that any of you reading this get out there and check them out for their unique approach to heavy thrash metal music.
Review by Shayna Moskowitz 2006.