David Draiman (vocals, Disturbed), Geno Lenardo [ex-Filter], Will Hunt (drums), Virus(Andre Michel Karkos) (guitar,Dope, Lords of Acid)
DEVICE ANNOUNCE US TOUR DATES
SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM OUT APRIL 9, 2013
NOMINATED FOR REVOLVER'S GOLDEN GOD AWARD FOR "BEST NEW TALENT"
Device, a collaboration featuring modern hard rock icon David Draiman of Disturbed, has announced a series of US tour dates. They will be kicking off a string of headline shows on April 10th in Mobile, AL and will be performing at several spring festivals. Gemini Syndrome and Nonpoint will support on select headline dates.
This tour will support the release of their self-titled debut album on April 9, 2013 via Warner Bros Records, which Draiman co-wrote and recorded with Geno Lenardo [formerly of Filter]. Upon finishing the writing and recording process, Draiman enlisted Evanescence drummer Will Hunt, and Dope and Rock of Ages guitarist Virus; the three comprise the touring incarnation of Device.
Device is already getting praise for its sound. They are nominated for a Revolver Gold God Award for "Best New Talent" and Artist Direct declared "welcome to the 22nd century of rock." First single "Vilify"" has been most-added at radio for the past two weeks and is heading toward a Top 15 slot. Watch the video for the track here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-K1q1pw04Bs.Their self-titled debut can be pre-ordered via iTunes here: http://smarturl.it/deviceitunes.
The album features guest artists like Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Black Country Communion), M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold) and Lzzy Hale from Halestorm.
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Experimentation remains the best catalyst for progression. Rather than sticking to any pre-existing blueprints or conventions, modern hard rock icon David Draiman of Disturbed and studio collaborator Geno Lenardo [ex-Filter] constructed Device from strands of hard rock, industrial, and electronica. As a result, Devices self-titled debut album for Warner Bros. Records is a focused, fierce, and fiery new machine. With the switch turned on, the next chapter commences now.
While the Grammy Award-nominated multiplatinum powerhouse Disturbed was on hiatus, Lenardo reached out to Draiman to collaborate on a song for the Underworld: Awakening soundtrack in late 2011. As soon as the singer heard the music, he was both intrigued and inspired. The duo then cut Hunted in Chicago. Even though the track didnt ultimately make the final soundtrack album due to circumstances beyond their control, Draiman urged that they hold on to it and continue writing music. Soon, they had an entire albums worth of material.
It started to develop very naturally and organically, recalls the frontman. Geno is a brilliant songwriter in his own right and a tremendously talented sound designer as far as the electronic palette is concerned. Together, we made this monster. Its not metal. Its got a dark electronic vibe. At the same time, these are big, anthemic, and intensely melodic songs. Its futuristic rock.
Paving the way for that future, the first single Villify stands emblematic of Devices sonic alchemy. A guttural guitar grinds alongside synths and keys as the vocalists unmistakable delivery resounds commandingly.
It has all of the elements that identify this body of work and band, he affirms. Its an excellent introduction to what Device is. From a lyrical standpoint, it talks about how some people love to make me out to be a horrible guy. They (the haters) brand me as an evil egomaniac with a chip on his shoulder, but thats not who I am. Im a pretty easy-going, mild mannered guy, and Im also a very strong-willed and outspoken individual. Im very passionate about what I believe, and I dont apologize for standing behind those beliefs.
Quite a few friends stand beside him on the record too. On Out of Line, Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler conjures a staggering bass groove, while System of a Down vocalist Serj Tankian trades vibrant and visceral vocal melodies with the singer. Tom Morellos guitar wizardry, as Draiman puts it, casts a spell over Opinion, and Avenged Sevenfold frontman M. Shadows dives into the shadowy Haze as his inimitable wail resounds. Iconic Deep Purple voice Glenn Hughes also makes a cameo on the records haunting and hypnotic finale Through It All-a love letter to Draimans wife. Meanwhile, Halestorms Lzzy Hale teams up with Device for an epic cover of the Ozzy Osbourne and Lita Ford classic, Close My Eyes Forever, which allows both of their voices to reach heavenly heights.
I took a page from the hip hop guys out there who always have everybody and his mother on their records, he laughs. Its something wed never done in Disturbed, and I wanted to call on my list of colleagues and friends who are so ridiculously talented and accomplished. I was honored and humbled beyond words that everybody was into it. This hasnt been done in our genre of music, and its time. Its time for a resurgence of this darker, heavier sound.
Device undoubtedly stands at the forefront of that resurgence. Upon finishing the record, Lenardo opted to remain a studio collaborator in the project so he could remain free to pursue his other passions/projects, which include film scoring, and spend time at home with his son rather than tour. So in order to bring the album to life and solidify a band in the truest sense of the word, Draiman enlisted Evanescence drummer Will Hunt and Dope and Rock of Ages guitarist Virus. Both Hunt and Virus jumped at the chance to be a part of this powerhouse trio.
As soon as I heard the music, I thought it was super cutting edge, Hunt explains. I knew this was something I wanted to be involved in. Its going to give people goose bumps whether they hear it on their stereo or live. Virus echoes that sentiment. This is an album from start to finish, and its meant to be experienced like that. These songs are all strong, and theyll stay stuck in your head.
In many ways, the groups moniker sums up its ultimate goal. Device does several things, reveals Draiman. It implies intelligent design, the utilization of technology, and explosive nature. Those three statements will most certainly ring true for listeners as well. This album is about touching different ends of the spectrum, he smiles. Some moments are introspective and energizing, while others are mellow and pensive. I want everyone to be taken on an emotional roller coaster. Enjoy the ride.
Source: DeviceBand.com 2013.