DevilDriver is an American Metal band from California formed in 2002. The brainchild of Dez Fafara the band consists of guitarists Mike Spreitzer and Neal Tiemann, bassist Diego Ibarra and drummer Austin D’Amond. The California metallers will release their seventh studio album, Trust No One, on May 13 via Napalm Records. Trust No One, the follow-up to 2013’s Winter Kills, was once again produced by Mark Lewis. I have seen the band at Download Festival and know they are a brilliant live act, very high tempo and heavy crowd participation which usually involves their infamous massive circle pits. This is another album I have been looking forward to hearing.
So we go straight into the brutal riffs on the first track, “Testimony of Truth”, with the great growling vocals of Dez. A great opening number and hopefully signs of things to come. Onto “Bad Deeds” and the drum work is intense as is the guitar work, a brutally heavy song with a great breakdown. “My Night Sky” is a great plodding number with that heavy chugging guitar that makes you have to bang your head and some fantastic breakdowns. We then burst into “This Deception” and the brutal vocals and lyrics continue in this full throttle song. “Above It All” draws you in with the great intro then bangs through another gritty heavy anthem. The ear brutality continues on “Daybreak” and there is no way to fault all the fantastic musicianship on this album and solid vocal work. We continue with “Trust No One” which again opens with some lovely guitar work then kicks into another gear and we have yet another great heavy riff number. The madness continues with “Feeling Ungodly”. “Retribution” again shows what a fantastic bunch of musicians Dez has assembled with some brilliant drum work on this track. We finish up with “For What It’s Worth” and again it’s what you would expect from this band, heavy and brutal.
On the whole you cannot fault this album if you like DevilDriver, you know what to expect and this will not disappoint you at all! A really heavy, gritty album which will no doubt transfer to the live audience brilliantly on their tour this year.
Mark 9 out of 10