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Ex-Chimaira drummer Austin D'Amond has joined California-based Devildriver as the replacement for the recently departed John Boecklin.
States D'Amond: "Thanks, everyone, for all the support through my career. Without you all, I would've never made it this far. I promise to give you all one hell of a performance! Keep shredding, peeps!!! Dreams do come true."
John Boecklin and guitarist Jeff Kendrick exited Devildriver last year. Frontman Dez Fafara stated at the time: "Nothing dramatic, there were no drag-down fights. was just time to move on. As I have said previously, Devildriver is on hiatus while I rejoin Coal Chamber for a new record release and tour. Devildriver will be back, make no mistake of that, in 2016 with a new record which we are already writing, tours around the world and the massive pits you have all gotten used to. All in Devildriver wish John and Jeff the best."
Drummer John Boecklin and guitarist Jeff Kendrick played their last show with Devildriver as part of Knotfest 2014 in Devore, California.
You can now watch the new Devildriver drummer Austin D'Amond playing "Nothing Remains" with his former band Chimaira at The Knitting Factory in Reno below (courtesy sickdrummermagazine).
It's Friday night, and if you have a beer in your hand, you naturally ought to be listening to two guys yammering about metal. This week on the Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, we apply our finely sharpened critics' scalpels and "rapists' wit" to yet another round of new and upcoming music from a diverse array of bands.
Co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) has a well-documented hankering for technical and progressive metal, and eagerly tackles two fresh new songs, "Sapphire" and "Carved In Stone," from forward-thinking extreme outfit Fallujah.
Co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) offers a stiff double, sans chaser: the much-hyped eponymous debut album from Wovenwar (ex-As I Lay Dying) and "Till Death, La Familia," the seventh disc from New Jersey "Latin metal" sextet Ill Niño. In Mike's opinion, one of these efforts is good... the other ain't so hot. Find out which is which, and why.
Finally, Kevin recaps DevilDriver's recent headlining show at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale, FL, featuring Whitechapel, Carnifex, Revocation, and Rivers Of Nihil. Check out his reaction to the show (for which we held a promotional ticket giveaway), and if you attended one of the tour dates, see if it approximates your own experience. We want to hear from you!
DevilDriver is in the home stretch of a current North American tour supporting the band's latest release "Winter Kills."
The band has three more shows left including stops tomorrow in El Paso, TX, Thursday the 26th in Farmington, NM and will wrap things up Friday June 27th in Tucson, AZ.
Today DevilDriver presents another lyric video featuring a song from the album. Check out the premiere of the new lyric video for "Gutted" below, thanks to Loudwire.com.
6/25: El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
6/26: Farmington, NM @ Top Deck
6/27: Tucson, AZ @ The Rock (No Rivers of Nihil) More...
There's been no shortage of hot-button weekly metal news lately - well, very little shortage, anyway; sometimes we at the Metalunderground.com Official Podcast (listen here) are forced to make shit up - and perhaps the most hotly contested announcement is that of the big ol' Singer Change. Replace a bassist or keyboardist and no one bats an eye. Replace a guitarist or drummer and healthy debate ensues. Replace a singer and everyone loses their minds.
It happened in March when Alissa White-Gluz (ex-The Agonist) stepped into the shoes of veteran Arch Enemy frontwoman Angela Gossow, and now it's happened again on the Left Coast: Bay Area thrashers Exodus have relieved vocalist Rob Dukes of his duties after nine years and four albums of service, making way for the return of previous frontman Steve "Zetro" Souza. Reactions have been mixed and somewhat heated, and here to discuss just that is your fabulous co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure).
Next, Mike and dashing co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) tackle the fresh new single "Rusted Nail" from Swedish metal giants In Flames, of which they both are confirmed fans for life. However, reactions to this song are mixed as well, and the overall attitude toward the band's upcoming album "Siren Charms" is one of... shall we say, "cautious optimism."
Finally, Mike offers his initial reaction to the upcoming album "Origins" from Swiss folk metal heroes Eluveitie. He was blessed with an early promo for review, and concludes that this effort combines elements of the band's past and present and is likely to satisfy fans old and new alike.
Tune in here, enjoy, and offer us your feedback. You can subscribe via iTunes or RSS, and don't forget to throw in for a free ticket giveaway in Fort Lauderdale (if you're able and willing) for DevilDriver at Revolution Live next Wednesday, June 18th. Just email us at email@example.com with "DEVILDRIVER" in the subject heading, and provide your name matching your ID.
Project Rogue is a new crowd funding project featuring existing Rogue Records America artists teaming up with 16 cross-genre metal titans to create a new studio and video project.
You can find the perks for donating and make your own contribution to the project at this location. All the Project Rogue artists will collaborate together, and the currently announced lineup is as follows:
Raymond Herrera - Fear Factory/Arkaea
Shavo Odadjian - System Of A Down
Chris Adler - Lamb Of God
Rob Barrett - Cannibal Corpse
John Boecklin - Devildriver
Paul Masvidal - Death/Cynic
David Davidson - Revocation
Sean Reinert - Death/Cynic
Jon Howard - Threat Signal/Arkaea
Mitch Harris - Napalm Death
Jed Simon - Scar The Martyr/Strapping Young Lad
Frank Watkins - Obituary/Gorgoroth
Wayne Static - Static X
Christian Olde Wolbers - Fear Factory/Arkaea
Pat Lachman - Damageplan
Logan Mader - Machine Head/Soulfly
JD Schmidt - Nociceptor
Robert Luciani - Means End
Vincent Zylstra - Synthetic Breed
Andrew Zink - Akeldama
Connor Reibling - Akeldama
The time is fast approaching for DevilDriver at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale on June 18th, and we at the Metalunderground.com Official Podcast are offering a free ticket giveaway to South Florida residents or anyone else able and willing to attend. Anyone interested should email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "DEVILDRIVER," and provide your name (matching your ID).
This week: vocalist Paul "Ablaze" Zinay (Blackguard) and bassist Xavier St Laurent (ex-Ion Dissonance) of Montreal, Quebec have formed a new group known as Ages. The two tracks so far released are titled "Heinous Nemesis" and "Resounding Negation," featuring members of Epica and HateSphere as guests. Co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) offers his opinion on the band's sound and potential appeal.
Next: Mike and co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) react to two freshly released singles: "Chimes At Midnight" from Atlanta's Mastodon and "Cusp Of Eternity" from Sweden's Opeth. Both songs are taken from the eagerly anticipated upcoming albums "Once More 'Round The Sun" and "Pale Communion," respectively.
First things first: any South Florida residents interested in seeing DevilDriver in Fort Lauderdale on June 18th should email your full name (matching your ID) to email@example.com with the subject DEVILDRIVER. We are hosting a ticket giveaway through the Revolution Live venue.
Last week on the Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, we reviewed a series of new full-length releases. This week, we were forced to settle for mere songs, tastes of albums soon to come.
Co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) gets things started by reviewing the new Entombed A.D. song "Bedlam Attack," off the forthcoming album "Back To The Front.” You may also know this band as Sweden’s long-running pioneer act Entombed - creators of the death metal classics “Left Hand Path” and “Clandestine,” and “death ’n’ roll” landmark “Wolverine Blues” - and Mike offers his take on the legal dispute that led to the slight name change.
Then co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) reviews the new song "Thirst," off the imminent album "From Parts Unknown” by Buffalo, New York’s eclectic hardcore punkers Every Time I Die. As with Entombed, this band has never been too shy to experiment stylistically, and Kevin evaluates the quirky evolution leading up to this current work.
Finally, we react to a bizarre international story. Poland’s Behemoth just can’t seem to stay out of trouble these days, and due to alleged “wrong visas,” the band was recently detained and deported from Russia while on tour. Though Randy Blythe’s (Lamb Of God) 2012 fate in the Czech Republic was thankfully averted, we can’t help but feel troubled over the occasional pitfalls of travel in this part of the world - and if frontman Nergal’s account is accurate, the jail accommodations were, to put it politely, less than sanitary.
It's a review-o-rama this week on the Metalunderground.com Official Podcast! Your co-hosts Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) and Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) treat you to a whirlwind of reactions to three very different new metal releases - but not before Kevin reminds you of our ticket giveaway for DevilDriver at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale, June 18th. Interested Florida residents should tune in for details.
First order of review business: the self-titled debut of eclectic supergroup Killer Be Killed, featuring Max Cavalera (Soulfly), Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan), Troy Sanders (Mastodon), and Dave Elitch (ex-The Mars Volta). This review is mainly Kevin's bag, with a few cents from Mike on some of the distressing "metal hipster" comments on YouTube.
Next, Mike takes over to rave about Arch Enemy's hotly anticipated tenth studio album "War Eternal," the first to feature new guitarist Nick Cordle (ex-Arsis) of Charlottesville, Virginia fame (Mike's proud hometown) and vocalist Alissa White-Gluz (ex-The Agonist) of Montreal, Quebec. As far as Mike is concerned, this is some of the band's strongest material since the classic "Wages Of Sin"  and is a must-buy release of 2014.
Finally, with heavy hearts, Kevin and Mike tackle the unpleasant burden of dissecting the new Mushroomhead album "The Righteous & The Butterfly," which both confirmed fans sadly agree constitutes the band's weakest material to date - a major letdown after a four-year wait and the hyped return of beloved vocalist Jason "J-Mann" Popson. However, they do their best to look on the bright side, though it is admittedly a struggle.
Tune in here, enjoy, and don't hesitate to offer us your feedback.
After a week off due to technical issues, the Metalunderground.com Official Podcast is rolling along once again. Co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) launches this week's episode by announcing another ticket giveaway through Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale, FL, this time for the upcoming DevilDriver show on June 18th. Tune in for more details.
Next, Kevin recaps last week's ticket giveaway performance: Swedish theatrical occult rockers Ghost (Kevin adamantly refuses to use the band's asinine new legal moniker "Ghost B.C.")
Then Kevin and co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) react to the new Suicide Silence lyric video "Cease To Exist." The song is the band's first released material since the untimely 2012 death of vocalist Mitch Lucker in a motorcycle crash.
Then comes a discussion of the recent "uncloseting" of two founding Cynic members Paul Masvidal and Sean Reinert, and finally an affectionate nod to the late Hans Ruedi Giger, the Swiss surrealist artist whose impact on metal visuals - including collaborations with Celtic Frost, Carcass, Korn, and Triptykon - runs far and deep.
Tune in here, enjoy, and offer us your feedback.
Whitechapel's fifth full-length album "Our Endless War" will be released on April 29th in North America via Metal Blade Records. The band has also confirmed a co-headline tour DevilDriver.
Support on the tour will come from Revocation, Carnifex, Rivers of Nihil and Fit For an Autopsy. The tour runs from May 17th through June 23rd. Whitechapel comments:
"We're stoked to announce our tour with good friends DevilDriver. We've played several shows with them before and really enjoy performing and hanging out with them and believe that combining together to make one big brutal tour only made sense. Rounding out the rest of the bill are other incredible acts Carnifex and Revocation, with two hot up and coming death metal bands Rivers of Nihil and Fit for an Autopsy. Can't wait to take this tour across the country and decimate every city!"
This tour is in addition to the shows Whitechapel has scheduled leading up to the release of "Our Endless War" from April 16th – April 27th, which includes an appearance at this year's New England Metal & Hardcore Festival. These dates will begin April 16th in Columbus, OH and run through April 27th in Birmingham, AL. These shows feature support from Carnifex, Within the Ruins and Cruelhand. More...
The California groove machine known as Devildriver has confirmed it will be touring North America this summer, alongside co-headliners Whitechapel. Support on the tour will come from Revocation, Carnifex, Rivers of Nihil and Fit For An Autopsy. These dates follow April shows in Europe.
Frontman Dez Fafara cannot wait for this tour start: "You all thought winter was over? Well Winter Kills continues. We are pumped to tour the USA in further support of Winter Kills. It's an insane line up of great bands and great friends. Come on out."
Devildriver released sixth studio album "Winter Kills" in August 2013 via Napalm Records. Catch the band live on these dates: More...
The California groove machine DevilDriver released sixth studio album "Winter Kills" in August 2013 via Napalm Records. Now the band has released a lyric video for album track "Sail," which can be seen below courtesy of Loudwire.com.
DevilDriver is currently on tour as part of the Soundwave Festival in Australia, following those dates, the band heads to Japan for three special shows with Bay Area Thrashers Testament. March 27th sees the band kicking off a European headline tour in Cologne, Germany and it will run through April 19th in Schijndel, Netherlands. Dates are available after the jump.
Plans for a North American tour are being finalized now and will be announced in the coming weeks. More...
If you haven't been paying attention to your Xbox dashboard over the last six months or so, Microsoft is now offering two free games a month for Xbox Gold members: one on the 1st, and another on the 16th of each month.
This month, the first free game is "Sleeping Dogs," a Grand Theft Auto style game in which an undercover cop takes on Chinese triads. Why does this matter to metalheads? Because the game features the ability to flip through radio stations while driving, and one such channel is dedicated entirely to Roadrunner Records. The station features this soundtrack:
Black Stone Cherry, “Rain Wizard” and “Change”
DevilDriver, “Dead To Rights” and “Bring The Fight (To The Floor)”
Dream Theater, “On the Backs of Angels”
Fear Factory, “Edgecrusher (Urban Assault Mix)”
Killswitch Engage, “My Curse”
Machine Head, “Be Still and Know” and “Locust”
Opeth, “The Grand Conjuration” and “The Devil’s Orchard”
The Parlor Mob, “After All” and “Take What’s Mine”
Soulfly, “World Scum”
Trivium, “Anthem (We Are The Fire)”
Nuclear Blast Records will be releasing "Monster of Metal Volume 9," a new DVD/Blu-Ray compilation, on January 10th, 2014.
"Monsters of Metal" will bring you a total of 45 music videos from all corners of the metal genre with a total duration of 211 minutes.
Check out a trailer below, and the complete track listing is as follows:
01. Accept – Teutonic Terror
02. Amorphis – Hopeless Days
03. Avantasia - Sleepwalking
04. Black Star Riders – Hey Judas
05. Doro – Raise Your Fist In The Air
06. Epica – Storm The Sorrow
07. Gotthard- Starlight
08. Korpiklaani - Rauta
09. Nightwish – Storytime (live)
10. Powerwolf – Amen & Attack
11. Rage - 21
12. Sabaton – Ghost Division (live)
13. Sonata Artcica – I Have A Right
14. Threshold – Staring At The Sun
15. Anti-mortem– Stagnant Water
16. Asking Alexandria – Closure
17. Children Of Bodom - Transference
18. Eluveitie - Havoc
19. Hatebreed – Honor Never Dies
20. Heaven Shall Burn– Hunters Will Be Hunted
21. Hypocrisy – End Of Disclosure
22. In Flames – Where The Dead Ships Dwell
23. Kataklysm - Elevate
24. Meshuggah – Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion
25. Moonspell - Lickantrope
26. Nile – Enduring The Eternal Molestation Of Flame
27. Soilwork – Spectrum Of Eternity
28. Suffocation – As Grace Descends
29. Suicide Silence – You Only Live Once
30. Thy Art Is Murder – Reign Of Darkness
31. Death Angel - Truce
32. Destruction - Carnivore
33. Devildriver – The Appetite
34. Kreator – Phantom Antichrist
35. Legion Of The Damned – Mountain Wolves Under A Crescent Moon
36. Lost Society – Kill (those Who Oppose Me)
37. Overkill – Electric Rattlesnake
38. Tankard – A Girl Called Cerveza
39. Testament – Native Blood
40. Free Fall– World Domination
41. Graveyard – Endless Night
42. Kadavar – Come Back Life
43. Orchid - Capricorn
44. Scorpion Child – Polygon Of Eyes
45. The Vintage Caravan – Expand Your Mind More...
Californian grove metal act Devildriver will be returning to Europe in the Spring of 2014 for a headline tour.
Along for the ride on support will be Sylosis and Bleed From Within. The tour will kick off on March 27th in Cologne, Germany and will have its big finale at the Dutch Paaspop festival on April 19th, with full venue details coming shortly.
This tour will be the only chance to catch Devildriver on stage in Europe in 2014. The band's sixth studio album "Winter Kills" was released in late August 2013 via Napalm Records and DevilDriver is currently supporting the release on a U.S. tour with After the Burial.
In support of the band's latest release "Winter Kills," the California groove machine Devildriver will kick off the second leg of a North American tour tonight in Seattle, WA.
This leg of the tour will once again see Devildriver playing alongside Trivium and After the Burial. New England metallers Thy Will Be Done opening all shows. The tour runs through December 15th in Santa Ana, CA. A complete list of dates can be found below. Frontman Dez Fafara is ready to hit the road again:
"We are on the bus as I write this en route to meet Trivium, ATB and Thy Will Be Done for the start of the second leg of the North American Co-Headline Tour! I speak for everyone in this camp both band and crew when I say, FUCK YES 6 MORE WEEKS IN THE UNITED STATES WITH GREAT BANDS AND GREAT CREWS! This is going to be a good time for sure, so come out to one of the shows and get there early as everyone brings something different to the table for you to hear!" More...
Devildriver will be hitting the road tomorrow in support of latest release "Winter Kills" (reviewed here).
This co-headlining run with Trivium features support from Sylosis and After The Burial and will run through October 17th.
Today Devildriver has also announced a second leg of the North American co-headline tour with Trivium. Support on this leg will come from After the Burial and Thy Will Be Done. The dates begin November 5th in Seattle and will run through December 14th in San Diego, CA. More...
Stormbringer.at has released a new video interview with Dez Fafara of DevilDriver, which can be viewed below.
DevilDriver's new full-length album "Winter Kills" (reviewed here) is due out on August 27th, 2013. You can stream the album's title track at this location, or find out more about the album by reading our own interview with Dez right here.
Devildriver will be releasing sixth studio album "Winter Kills" this coming August 27th via Napalm Records (reviewed here).
Today the band has partnered with Ghost Cult Magazine for an exclusive premiere of the title track from "Winter Kills." Give it a listen below.
Dez Fafara will be taking part in a special video chat with Alternative Press Magazine. The chat will take place tonight at 6:00 PM EDT, and can be found here. Fans are encouraged to submit their questions for Dez through Twitter using the hashtag #APAskDevildriver.
You can also check out our recent chat with Dez Fafara about the new album over at this location. The album's track listing is:
1. The Oath
2. Ruthless (check out the lyric video)
3. Desperate Times
4. Winter Kills
5. The Appetite (watch the music video)
7. Curses and Epitaphs
8. Caring's Overkill
9. Hunting Refrain
10. Tripping Over Tombstones
11. Sail More...
DevilDriver will be releasing sixth studio album "Winter Kills" (reviewed here) on August 27th via Napalm Records. As the release date draws near, DevilDriver frontman Dez Fafara will be taking part in a special video chat with Alternative Press Magazine.
The chat will take place on August 21st at 6:00 PM EDT, and will be conducted through Ustream at this location. Fans are encouraged to submit their questions for Dez through Twitter using the hashtag #APAskDevildriver.
You can also read our recent interview with Dez over at this location. In support of the new release, DevilDriver will be hitting the road this fall on a co-headlining tour with Trivium. Support on the tour will come from After the Burial and Sylosis. Everything kicks off in Boise, ID on September 12th and rolls through October 17th in San Diego, CA More...