Aug 24

Devildriver – Winter Kills (2013)



So everybody, guess what? Devildriver just put out a new album called Winter Kills. Go ahead and put on the party hats and open that bottle of bourbon, we’re going to have a party! No not really, unless you are a fan of Devildriver. If you’re like me and have just known Devildriver has been around for years and never gave much care, then all this sounds like is more material for Devildriver.

Well, the first ten songs sound like typical Devildriver; your usual heavy guitar riff, not too impressive drumming, and Dez Fafara vocals. The first track Oath of the Abyss sounds exactly like this. The second track Ruthless starts off a little unique with a cowbell (I think?) opening, but nothing impressive after that. The third track Desperate Times have some nifty drumming in it, but that’s really the only thing that stands out with that track. Gutted is a little heavier, which is a nice change. If you can get through the extremely slow beginning of Curses and Epitaphs, it’s actually a pretty cool song. I Tripping over Tombstones is probably the most unique song off the album, sounding more like their debut album self-titled release days with the catchy riff and heavy drumming. But those last two songs are, in my opinion, the only ones worth listening to.

But I saved the best for last, and I can say that figuratively because this is the last song off of the album. Devildriver did a cover of Sail, yes the song by Awolnation. It’s funny, when that song first started playing I thought, hmm this sounds like the beginning of Sail. But the cover isn’t good at all. I honestly think it’s kind of random that they would cover that song in the first place.

Well, I remember being a tyke and listening to Devildriver when bands like Lamb of God got big. That basic type of metal was very popular, and it was a good way to introduce me to heavier music. Now that I’m older and more into extreme metal, I just moved on from it. None of that impresses me anymore, which is probably why I took nothing from this album. Devildriver has been going for over ten years now, so they probably want to live up to a reputation they developed from their fans’ perspective. But me personally, it won’t be an album I spend any money on.

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1. Oath of the Abyss
2. Ruthless
3. Desperate Times
4. Winter Kills
5. The Appetite
6. Gutted
7. Curses and Epitaphs
8. Carings Overkill
9. Haunting Refrain
10. Tripping over Tombstones
11. Sail (cover)

Genre: Metal

Label: Napalm Records

Playing Time: 51 Minutes


Dez Fafara – Lead Vocals
Jeff Kendrick – Guitar
John Boecklin – Drums
Mike Spreitzer – Guitar
Chris Towning – Bass


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