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Death Valley Driver

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Below is our complete Death Valley Driver news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Death Valley Driver Posts EP Teaser

Death Valley Driver has announced the band will be releasing an upcoming 4-song EP entitled “Carnivore’s Oath” on October 7th via east coast metal label Diminished Fifth Records.

The band has released a teaser, available below, featuring samples from all 4 songs in addition to the album art which designed by tattoo artist John Doe.

With two full-length releases under it's belt, Death Valley Driver headed back into the studio in March 2014 with producer Colin Buchanan to record "Carnivore's Oath."

"It’s been a great year since the release of Graveyard Dead," commented vocalist Dan Hodgson. "We felt a sudden urge of creativity and decided to record an EP with some new influences and an extra ear in having Colin Buchanan produce. He really helped us capture the vision we had in mind for these new songs. It’s a bit of an evolution for us in sound, while still retaining the foundation of Death Valley Driver. We hope people get as much enjoyment listening to the songs as we had creating them.”

The EP's track listing is as follows:

1. Coven Of Ash
2. Drowning in Silver
3. Carnivore's Oath
4. Hellhounds / Gatekeepers More...

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Death Valley Driver Entering The Studio

Prince Edward Island's Death Valley Driver will be heading to Adam Gallant Studios this weekend to begin work on an upcoming EP entitled “Carnivore’s Oath.”

The four-song effort will be produced by Paper Lions guitarist and multiple award nominee Colin Buchanan. No stranger to the producer’s chair, Buchanan has worked with PEI bands such as North Lakes, Colour Code, as well as his own band. This will be his first foray into a heavier genre – a challenge he looks forward to accepting.

"When Dan first sent me a message about producing I was totally taken off guard," commented vocalist Dan Hodgson. "I've often thought of myself as versatile and have always wanted to work in different genres but Metal was definitely far from my comfort zone. But after I met with the guys and saw them play live I began to understand where I could work within their dynamic and sound. It seem like a weird collision of worlds on paper but in the end it's all just music. And it works.”

The band is equally excited for the opportunity to work with Buchanan and shared this statement: “For this EP, we really wanted to get out of our comfort zone, and we felt Colin was the right person to help us achieve that. He has an incredible ear and his input during pre-production has been amazing. Expect some new sounds from us this time around – although no less heavy. Colin is an accomplished songwriter, guitarist and vocalist, so we knew going in he could make our band the best we could be. He’s really made us up our game." More...

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Death Valley Driver Releases Music Video

Prince Edward Island's Death Valley Driver has released a new music video for "Smoke Whip," available below courtesy of Revolvermag.com.

The video was shot over two days in November by Colin MacDonald (Foster Avenue Productions) in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Loosely conceptualized off the Jim Jones Cult, the video portrays the band's vocalist Dan Hodgson as the cult leader.

"Colin really is the MVP of this whole video. His direction and vision really captured the dark lyrics of the song." commented vocalist Dan Hodgson. "The final product is something we are really proud of. We can't wait for people to see the twisted visions he came up with. He had me play the cult leader, which could have ended in disaster. But thanks to his comforting demeanor, it was something I had a lot of fun with."

"Smoke Whip" is off the band's most recent album "Graveyard Dead," which was released in June 2013 by Diminished Fifth Records. More...

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Deicide Added To Spread The Metal Fest

Spread The Metal Festival is proud to announce the addition of American death metal band Deicide to its Halifax edition this coming August.

Deicide will be performing the band's only Atlantic Canada show of 2013 on the first day of the fest on August 24th alongside Erimha and Augury among many others at the Marquee Ballroom. Being held on August 24th & 25th, the fest will also feature The Agonist, Skullfist, Black Moor, Deathpoint, The Catalyst, Death Valley Driver, Sanktuary and many more.

All profits from the festival will be donated by Spread the Metal Records to The Heart and Stroke Foundation in order for them to continue their life-saving work.

August 24th:
BOTB Winner - TBA
Severed Reign
Ear To Ear
Cottus
Burnt Church
Terratomb
Deathpoint
The Catalyst
Erimha
Augury
Deicide More...

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Death Valley Driver Releases New Music Video

Death Valley Driver has revealed the band's first ever music video for the song "Bloodfeud," taken off the upcoming album "Graveyard Dead" (due out June 4th ong Diminished Fifth Records).

The video was filmed last month by James Arsenian (Big James Morning Show, Endast, Exes for Eyes) and can be viewed below. Death Valley Driver will be touring in support of the new album for select dates in Atlantic Canada with two man circus side show The Monsters of Schlock. Catch the show:

June 6th @ Lava Vodka Bar (Fredericton, NB) w/ Helm
June 7th @ Michael's Bar & Grill (Halifax, NS) w/ Black Moor
June 8th @ Hunters Alehouse (Charlottetown, PE) w/ O'Leary
June 9th @ The Esquire (Moncton, NB) w/ Konjurer More...

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Death Valley Driver Announces New Shows

In support of the upcoming album "Graveyard Dead," Death Valley Driver has announced a four date tour around Atlantic Canada with Ontario's 2-man circus freakshow Monsters of Schlock.

"We're really psyched to be on tour with an act that's not typical for a metal band. The Monsters are a perfect fit and we hope we compliment their act as well," says the band's vocalist Dan Hodgson, adding cautiously "Expect a ton of chaos when we rip up the Maritimes together."

Burnaby Q. Orbax from Monsters of Schlock issued the following statement about returning to the east coast: "It's been years since the monsters have been to the east coast, and we're looking forward to tearing it a new party hole!"

June 6th @ Lava Vodka Bar (Fredericton, NB) w/ HELM
June 7th @ Michael's Bar & Grill (Halifax, NS) w/ BLACK MOOR
June 8th @ Hunters Alehouse (Charlottetown, PE) w/ O'LEARY
June 9th @ The Esquire (Moncton, NB) w/ KONJURER

Death Valley Driver's sophomore album "Graveyard Dead" will be released on Diminished Fifth Records on June 4th, 2013. More...

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Death Valley Driver Reveals New Album Art

Having previously released the first song "Bull of the Woods" from upcoming album "Graveyard Dead," Death Valley Driver has now revealed the album art and track listing for the sophomore release. The album is due out on Diminished Fifth Records later this year.

1. Black Vein
2. Bloodfeud
3. Ice Serpents
4. Crimson Mask
5. Graveyard Dead
6. Smoke Whip
7. Iron Jaw
8. Bull Off The Woods

"Once again John Dohe has totally brought our lyrics to life with his amazing artwork," commented the band's vocalist Dan Hodgson. "We wanted a real 1950s style comic/sci-fi feel and he delivered. John has always been like the unofficial sixth member of this band."

"Graveyard Dead" was recorded at Lukas Raine Recordings by Dave Skinner and Mixed and Mastered by Billy Anderson (Sleep, High on Fire, Neurosis). The album art was done by local tattoo artist John Dohe who also did the art for the band's previous album "Choke the River." More...

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Death Valley Driver Streaming "Bull Of The Woods"

Death Valley Driver has released the first song "Bull of the Woods" off the band's upcoming album "Graveyard Dead," which will be released on Diminished Fifth Records later this year. Stream the song below, or download the track via Bandcamp here.

"Graveyard Dead" was mixed and mastered by Billy Anderson, who chose to work with the band after hearing some early demos. Anderson's credits include Sleep, High On Fire, The Melvins and Neurosis to name a few.

"It's pretty simple - I like the music," Billy said, explaining why he took on the project. "It reminds me of some of my favorite stuff, like High On Fire mixed with Entombed and occasional Pantera. But it still retains its uniqueness."

Dan Hodgson, the band's vocalist issued the following statement: "Bull of the Woods is a bit of a left field song for us. The chords are almost 'happy' in some parts. But we wanted one song that combined all our influences into one meaty stew. It has elements of thrash, doom, hardcore and straight up traditional metal. It's one of those songs I think will be come a staple of our live set." More...

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Death Valley Driver Announces New Shows

Having just returned from a first show in Quebec at Envol de Macadam, Prince Edward Island's Death Valley Driver has announced a series of upcoming fall shows in the Maritime's including festival showcases, after-parties, and even performing at a live wrestling match.

"We're getting excited to do a nice run of dates leading up to the release of our new album, Graveyard Dead. We're so pumped to be sharing the stage with some amazing bands," commented singer Dan Hodgson. You can listen to the band's music over at Facebook or catch Death Valley Driver live on the following shows:

Oct. 6 - Zombie Walk at Peppers Pub (Saint John, NB)
Oct. 6 - The Wave at UPEI (Charlottetown, PEI)
Oct. 11 - Protest The Hero at The Manhattan (Moncton, NB)
Oct. 12 - Red Rock Wrestling show (Charlottetown, PEI)
Oct. 18 - HPX show with Diemonds, Black Moor and Cauldron (Halifax, NS)
Oct. 27 - Halloween show at Baba's with Iron Giant and We're Doomed (Charlottetown, PEI)

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Death Valley Driver To Play Envol Macadam Fest

Prince Edward Island metallers Death Valley Driver have just announced they've been added to Envol Macadam Festival in Quebec September 6-8th, 2012 and will be performing alongside such artists as Lagwagon, No Use For a Name, August Burns Red, Lights, Obey the Brave and more on Saturday September 6th.

"This is an amazing opportunity for us. This is our first show outside the Maritimes and I couldn't think of a cooler event to be part of. We are proud to be representing the Island at this great festival," commented singer Dan Hodgson.

Still riding on the success of debut album "Choke the River," the band entered the studio on July 20th to begin recording a sophomore album. Although relatively new to the Canadian metal scene, Death Valley Driver has already shared the stage with the likes of Metallica, Morbid Angel, Coheed and Cambria, 3 Inches of Blood, Cryptopsy, Protest the Hero, Misery Index, Obscura, and many others. More...

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Spread The Metal Festival Lineup Announced

Halifax based Spread The Metal Festival, which has a goal to raise $100,000 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada with 100% of ticket revenues, is proud to announce the first round of Canadian bands supporting the fest and charity fundraiser.

STM Records owner and festival organizer Matt Day commented, "Spread the Metal Records has lofty ambitions for this festival and as it grows each year, I want to prove that the label is as committed to philanthropy as we are to releasing phenomenal records. We take on the responsibility to help those who cannot help themselves, and this festival has the power to help a lot of people, year after year."

Further details on the festival are available here and the currently announced lineup is as follows:

Kataklysm
Morbid Angel
Answer With Metal
Black Moor
Blasphemy Reborn
Crimson Shadows
Cry Oh Crisis
Death Valley Driver
Descend
Dischord
Fallen Joy
Hallows Die

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Death Valley Driver Announces Album Details

After some unforeseen delays, Diminished Fifth Records has announced that Death Valley Driver's debut album "Choke the River" will be available on Tuesday May 3rd. The band's vocalist Dan Hodgson commented:

“Death Valley Driver is excited to have Diminished Fifth Records releasing Choke The River. We are honoured to have our album alongside other amazing east coast metal artists. We are really looking forward to crushing some ear drums with this album.”

Two free downloads from the album are also currently available. You can download the new songs Mothsblood and Insect Dirge.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Choke The River With Your Dead
2. Mothsblood
3. Straight To Hell
4. Insect Dirge
5. Heavy Lies The Crown
6. Sleeping All December
7. Lambs in the Wolfskin
8. Armour Divides

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Death Valley Driver Signs To Diminished Fifth

Charlottetown-based metal band DEATH VALLEY DRIVER just announced that they have signed to East Coast record label DIMINISHED FIFTH RECORDS for their upcoming album, "Choke the River." "We are pleased to welcome Death Valley Driver into the D5R family" commented the label owner Josh Hogan "and look forward to exposing 'Choke the River' to the metal masses."

"Having Diminished Fifth Records release Choke The River means we have one of the best east coast labels behind us," said Death Valley Driver vocalist Dan Hodgson. "Their catalogue and dedication really speaks for itself. With multiple ECMA, Music NS and Music NB wins and some of their artists on some high-profile tours, we know Josh, Hassan and everyone else at D5R will get this record out to the masses and prove that the east coast has some of the best loud music in the country."

Check out a couple of Death Valley Driver's songs on their MySpace player.

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