Posts Tagged ‘DevilDriver’

LIVE: Download Festival @ Donington Park – Sunday (10/06/2012)

Date: June 10th, 2012
Venue: Donington Park, Derbyshire
Website: www.downloadfestival.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/downloadfest
Twitter: www.twitter.com/downloadfest

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Now celebrating the 10th year since its inception, it’s obvious that to mark this important milestone in the event’s history, Download Festival was going to make it truly special weekend to remember. If we weren’t there, we would have thrown a tantrum. Here’s our review of what we thought of the Sunday of what would undoubtedly be a fantastic weekend of rock, metal, punk and alternative music:

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NEWS: Fourteen more bands confirmed for Download 2012!

With a headlining bill already boasting of The Prodigy, Metallica and Black Sabbath, Donington’s annual Download Festival have just confirmed a set for 14 more bands to perform over the festival weekend this year.

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NEWS: Machine Head announce UK arena tour this December!

Heavy metal titans Machine Head have announced a set of UK dates for their ‘The Eighth Plague’ arena tour this December. The band will also be bringing along Bring Me The Horizon, DevilDriver and Darkest Hour for support. Here’s where you can catch all of the metal madness:

DECEMBER 03 – LONDON, Wembley Arena
DECEMBER 04 – BIRMINGHAM, NIA
DECEMBER 05 – GLASGOW, SECC
DECEMBER 06 – MANCHESTER, Central

Tickets are on pre-sale from 9:00AM tomorrow (June 23rd), with general sale from 9:00AM on Friday (June 24th) and are available to purchase from Live Nation.

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NEWS: DevilDriver reveal new album artwork and tracklisting!

Circle pit record holders DevilDriver have revealed the official cover artwork and full tracklisting for their fifth full-length record, ‘Beast’. The album is due for release on February 22nd 2011 via Roadrunner Records.

01.) Dead To Rights
02.) Bring The Fight (To The Floor)
03.) Hardened
04.) Shitlist
05.) Talons Out (Teeth Sharpened)
06.) You Make Me Sick
07.) Coldblooded
08.) Blur
09.) The Blame Game
10.) Black Soul Choir
11.) Crowns Of Creation
12.) Lend Myself To The Night

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NEWS: DevilDriver announce new album!

DevilDriver have announced that the title of forthcoming fifth album will be ‘Beast’, due to hit stores on February 21st 2011 via Roadrunner Records. An official album artwork cover is yet to be released. The band are also set to tour with labelmates 36 Crazyfists early next month, and full dates rack up as follows:

NOVEMBER 05 – NEWCASTLE, O2 Academy
NOVEMBER 06 – LEEDS, O2 Academy
NOVEMBER 07 – GLASGOW, The Arches
NOVEMBER 08 – NOTTINGHAM, Rock City
NOVEMBER 09 – WOLVERHAMPTON, Wulfrun Hall
NOVEMBER 10 – BOURNEMOUTH, O2 Academy
NOVEMBER 12 – BRISTOL, O2 Academy
NOVEMBER 13 – LONDON, HMV Forum
NOVEMBER 14 – MANCHESTER, Academy

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ALBUM: DevilDriver – Pray For Villains

Release Date: July 14th, 2009
Label: Roadrunner Records
Rating: 8/10

Website: www.devildriver.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/devildriver

DevilDriver profile

Californian five-piece DevilDriver made their mark in the metal world in 2003 with their self-titled debut. The distinct vocals from frontman Dez Fafara caused people to stop and pay attention, and soon enough the band’s ferocious sound was loved by metalheads everywhere. With the help of prestigious label Roadrunner Records, the quintet went on to release ‘Fury Of Our Maker’s Hand’ and ‘The Last Kind Words’, two striking albums that took their sound to extremes.

Three years since their last full-length and the band are ready to showcase their fourth masterpiece, ‘Pray For Villains’. Upon first listen, it really comes as no surprise that it’s one of the most anticipated albums of 2009. From the second opening track ‘Pray For Villains’ begins you are sucked into a fierce and vicious record that does not stop for air. This album stresses how versatile DevilDriver are: ‘Back With A Vengence’ sounds like a cross between Slipknot and Velvet Revolver, where as ‘I’ve Been Sober’ could quite easily pass as a Dragonforce and Lordi collaboration. It is also very clear to see that Fafara has developed as a lyricist and has made the songs a lot more personal – on ‘Teach Me To Whisper’ he screams “Another day, another decision / One that eventually affects us both / Teach me to whisper ’cause I feel like screaming”. Other stand-out tracks include ‘Another Night In London’ and ‘Bitter Pill’, both of which flaunt the more melodic side to the metal band.

‘Pray For Villains’ is an immense record, however in certain places it sounded a little too similar to their previous record and shows little musical progression. This is by no means a bad thing and fans are without doubt going to love it regardless. The thirteen tracks on this album are overwhelmingly good and needless to say DevilDriver have done their utter best to outdo themselves. The Californians have once again taken their musical genius and pushed it to the limit their known for. With nearly an hour of music that is both melodic and brutal, it’s safe to say that this record will be a hit with fans of the band. ‘Pray For Villains’ will undeniably sound amazing live, resulting in what can only be an unbelievable reception during their UK tour later this year.

Written by Kate Rees

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LIVE: Download Festival @ Donington Park (13/06/2009)

Date: June 13th, 2009
Venue: Donington Park
Stages: Main Stage, Second Stage, Red Bull Stage

Website: www.downloadfestival.co.uk
MySpace: www.myspace.com/downloadfestival

Bring on Download 2010!

The 2009 Download Festival has some great and legendary acts gracing its main stage, including Slipknot and Marilyn Manson, and the less time experienced Pendulum too.

DEVILDRIVER – MAIN STAGE
RATING: 8/10
DevilDriver are so intense and cataclysmic that they hold the world record for the largest ever recorded circle pit – which by the way was broken and set once again at this year’s Download set. The main stage suits them well, pulling off the previously mentioned achievement being one point to back this up, with the band members being one of the best connected to the audience all weekend. The crowd are glad to see them here too, and through songs like ‘Pray For Villains’ it’s clear to see DevilDriver are one of the bands most looked forward to this year. Circle pits and mosh pits go off instantaneously across the fields, like a minefield of sweat and flailing bodies. What a set to grab a new world record to, and leaves the crown of kings of moshpits firmly upon their heads.

IN CASE OF FIRE – SECOND STAGE
RATING: 4/10
With a name like In Case Of Fire, you’d imagine an act that would border upon the realms of danger with their live performance – nothing could be further from the truth. Being dubbed as the best Irish alternative rock act since Ash is also an over exaggerated statement if this is all this 3-piece can pull out of the bag. For the most part they’re motionless, showing little passion and energy to the fact they have a relatively high slot on the second stage; an impressive achievement with their popularity status. Songs like ‘This Time We Stand’ have little to know fire in their core, and no attempt to make this any different just brings boredom levels up for the entirety of their set.

FIGHTSTAR – SECOND STAGE
RATING: 6/10
Not long after releasing their latest album ‘Be Human’, London’s Fightstar have a lot to play with and showcase at their second stage slot. Unlike previous years where they’ve played Download Festival, the amount of bottles launched at Charlie Simpson has decreased dramatically to almost zero. Whilst singles like ‘Palahnuik’s Laughter’, ‘Grand Unification (Pt. 1)’, and ‘The English Way’ are delivered to critical feedback of screams of joy and continuous mosh pits, they just seem a bit plain in their showmanship. Bassist Dan Haigh whips the crowd up to lather more in the band’s set of alternative rock/post-hardcore onslaught, but in the stage performance itself the band seem almost static and robotronic in their delivery until closer ‘Deathcar’ comes along. Aside from that Fightstar are on good form with a set tighter than a fly’s arse, but without the physical passion it marks the difference between a good show and an excellent one.

NONE THE LESS – RED BULL BEDROOM JAM STAGE
RATING: 7/10
Watford grown None The Less are another of the lesser known acts to grace the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Stage, but that doesn’t mean they can’t kick up a decent flare in the crowd – which is exactly what the five-piece do. Their melodic metal and rock style which occasionally brushes upon hardcore cites a rather impressive mosh pit considering the band’s size and familiarity with the spectators before them. Frontman Anthony Giannaccini has a certain presence and onstage swagger about him, that along with his claims for people “to get moving” for them as much as possible and climbing on stage equipment engages the crowd to do so. Combined with the dual guitars from Owen Harvey and Joe Page, and Harvey‘s gritty harsh vocals, songs like ‘Define’ and ‘I Feel Like Your Enemy’ go down better than a girl from the Playboy mansion.

PENDULUM – MAIN STAGE
RATING: 7/10
Being one of the more out of place bands on the weekend’s line-up, Pendulum stick out almost like a sore thumb – not that this is always a bad thing, like in this circumstance. Though their electronic and synth led prowess onto the rock world, complete with an MC isn’t one that you’d expect to connect at this festival, but it does. Sure, popular chart entering numbers like ‘Propane Nightmares’ and ‘Granite’ are more than guaranteed to get a few bodies moving, but when they’re delivered with the accuracy and clean-cut end result to hoardes of raving spectators, it’s enough to put other acts who’ve been at this for years and more suitable for this festival in their place. It even sets a pretty high mark for the similar second stage headliners The Prodigy for that day, a band who are a prime influence on these juniors to that scene in comparison; though this set could leave that in question.

MARILYN MANSON – MAIN STAGE
RATING: 2/10
Marilyn Manson‘s performance is exactly what you shouldn’t do if you’ve been offered to play the sub-headlining slot at a music festival; don’t come on influenced by alcohol or some sort of drugs, don’t play mainly new material when you have an impressive back catalogue to work with too, don’t get touch-ups after every other song in your set by stagehands. After a long introduction before having the curtain dropped and revealing the band opening with ‘Four Rusted Horses’, the eagerly-awaiting crowd were in anticipation to see Manson and long-time friend and member Twiggy Ramirez back in the whole swing of things, and a decent album the previous month to indicate the band had their fire once more. Sadly Manson‘s intoxicated and what often seemed disinterest with his slot on the bill brought the levels down from what could have been exceptional to almost utter shit. On the small plus side, it’s nice to hear old favourites like ‘The Dope Show’, ‘Great Big White World’ and ‘The Beautiful People’. Just a shame that Manson is capable of pulling off something much more spectacular and didn’t seem to bothered in trying to, but more in contemplating with the crowd whether he should wear a coat or not, and that telling the crowd “Do not do drugs… unless you get them for free”. Sort yourself out please Manson, or you could crash and burn more and more sooner than you think.

SLIPKNOT – MAIN STAGE
RATING: 10/10
It’s been a long wait for the Iowan masked 9-piece, but their 10th anniversary since the release of their debut full-length sees them finally obtaining their well-earned place as Download‘s headliners. Even before one of them sets foot in sight on the stage there is a constant wave of chants for them to come on and play another set they’re more than well-known for. When they finally do it’s more than worth the wait and suspense; the raising and twirling percussion, the searing and frightfully amazing guitar and bass works, the fast yet precise lead drums of Joey Jordison, the colliding of band member’s bodies and running out to the crowd, and but of course Corey Taylor‘s distinguishable and impeccable vocals is just a fraction of what brings this set to life. The classics are all there; ‘Wait & Bleed’, ‘Duality’, ‘Left Behind’, ‘Vermilion’, there’s not a single thing out of place from the first second ’til the last easily making this one of the best sets over the three day weekend. The constant reminder of the fans being the reason for this being possible is constantly brought up, and Slipknot do more than return the favour. It’s when closer ‘Spit It Out’ comes along and the trademark “jump the fuck up” act is handed out when things come to their best. Literally thousands upon thousands of people clumped in the smallest of spaces to the biggest all crouch down at Corey‘s command across the field only to jump again in unison, and send one final frenzy. Slipknot can take off knowing that their headline set at Download Festival will be one set in the history books.

Written by Zach Redrup

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LIVE: DevilDriver @ Academy 2, Manchester (21/10/2009)

Date: October 21st, 2009
Venue: Academy 2, Manchester
Support: Malefice, Trigger The Bloodshed, Suicide Silence, Behemoth
Website: www.devildriver.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/devildriver

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A usual headlining tour, due to a number of different reasons, tends to have two support acts. During DevilDriver‘s October 2009 UK tour they’ve decided to stretch it out to four. Now, if you can do your maths right, that’s a total of five bands in one evening! The fact that all the bands on the bill are of the extremely heavy variety, this evening is not for radio-friendly trained ears, and isn’t too far from a mini-metalfest.

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