'Trust No One'
Hailing from Santa Barbara, California, DevilDriver were originally formed back in 1992 by frontman Dez Fafara who had achieved fame as part of Coal Chamber. He remains the sole remaining original member of DevilDriver. Originally named Deathride, they decided to change to DevilDriver as Dez felt there were already too many bands with that name. The name DevilDriver refers to bells that Italian Wiccans used to drive evil forces away.
The band's self-titled debut album was released in October 2003 on Roadrunner Records, and met a largely negative response. Undeterred, the band pushed on and in June 2005 the follow-up album, 'The Fury Of Our Maker's Hand' was recorded at Sonic Ranch Studios in Texas and when released, it garnered a much more positive response from critics. The album's release was backed up with an extensive tour covering the United States, Europe, and Australia with the band supporting high profile names such as In Flames, Fear Factory, and Machine Head.
DevilDriver returned to Sonic Ranch Studios where they recorded their third studio effort, 'The Last Kind Words', which was released in June 2007 and featured the single 'Not All Who Wander Are Lost' for which the band recorded a video directed by Nathan Cox (who had also directed videos for artists including Airbourne, Marilyn Manson and Korn). The subsequent tour included stops at 2007s Download Festival at Donington Park as well as Ozzfest, masterminded by Sharon Osbourne.
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Whilst performing in Australia at the Soundwave Festival alongside Lamb Of God and In Flames the band announced that their new album, number four, would be released in August 2009 and would be titled 'Pray For Villains'. But before that could happen DevilDriver had a full touring schedule to get through including dates in the US Midwest states in May with Slipknot, 3 Inches Of Blood and All That Remains before headlining the 'Thrash And Burn' Tour with Emmure, Despised Icon, MyChildren MyBride, Oceano, Kittie, and Thy Will Be Done before venturing into Europe with Behemoth and Suicide Silence.
With the release of 'Pray For Villains' behind them, DevilDriver headed back out on the road in January and February 2010, embarking on their 'Bound By The Road' headline tour with Suffocation, Goatwhore, and Thy Will Be Done. This was followed up by an extensive UK tour in November 2010 with 36 Crazyfists.
The 'Beast' album, their fifth, was once again recorded at Sonic Ranch studios and was released to an eager public in February 2011. Once again the band found themselves on tour during February and March in Australia with such iconic bands as Iron Maiden and Slayer along with All That Remains and Nonpoint before heading to North America to open for Danzig on his 'Deth Red Sabaoth' tour as well as covering off dates with Chthonic and Skeletonwitch supporting Arch Enemy.
In early 2012, DevilDriver ended an eight-year relationship with Roadrunner Records and shopped around for a new record deal. It wasn't until mid-2012 that they announced that they had inked a deal with Napalm Records for their upcoming sixth album, on which work had already begun. The album, titled 'Winter Kills', eventually hit the shelves in August 2013. All was not well however, as Fafara announced a number of band members had left and as such the band itself would be on hiatus until 2016, when a new album would be released.
In the meantime, Dez sprang a major surprise on the rock world by unexpectedly reforming Coal Chamber who went on to perform at Download, Rock Am Ring, Graspop and Nova Rock Festvial. They release the album 'Rivals' in May 2015 on Napalm Records.
So here we are in 2016 and as promised by Dez, we have the return of DevilDriver and a new album in the shape of 'Trust No One'. The band have new members, drummer Austin D'Amond and guitarist Neal Tiemann alongside Dez and longtime guitarist Mike Spreitzer, however at the time the album was recorded they were still short of a full time bass player, although the band's touring bass player Diego Ibarra was confirmed in the role from mid-May 2016.
'Trust No One' is certainly a return to form as far as the sound is concerned and the addition of new blood to the line-up has helped to bolster the sound, giving it a fresher resonance. 'Bad Deeds' has Mike Spreitzer leading the way with a killer riff before Dez produces what could very well be his most aggressive vocal performance of the album. Dez's commitment to the lyrical phrasing is to be commended as he gives it everything he's got, whilst at the back D'Amond shows his skill behind the drum kit early on keeping the complex beat under control.
'My Night Sky' is one of the most accessible tracks here with its moderate tempo but Dez still manages to put in a commanding performance. The endless guitar riff really drives the song onwards and the backing from D'Amond helps the track on its way. 'Above It All' on the other hand shows a different side to the band with its acoustic guitar intro but it doesn't take long for the tempo to ramp up. It's a solid number that became a favourite of mine after the very first listen and my opinion hasn't changed with subsequent listens. A future DevilDriver classic? I'll put money on it as everyone in the band gets their moment in the spotlight and it's a standout track and no mistake.
Title track 'Trust No One' has D'Amond at the forefront with some inventive use of his drum kit during the intro before he piles into a relentless beat joined by the guitars with a razor sharp riff. The track is well chosen as the title track and from the first note to the long, slow fade out, is proves itself to be a top notch song.
Album closer, 'For What It's Worth' takes it's time with a slow almost orchestral build up during the intro which ends up being the slowest paced and longest intro of the album. Once it's been negotiated it's D'Amond’s drums that really kick things into gear as the track is unleashed. Another favourite of mine and no doubt, but the fact that it's been stuck away at the end of the album just makes sure you keep listening till the end, so don't be tempted to give up early!
You can hear the track 'My Night Sky' here:
You can see DevilDriver live here:
Friday 20th May – Ace Of Spades, Sacramento
Saturday 21st May – The Glass House, Pomona
Sunday 22nd May – Echoplex, Los Angeles
Monday 23rd May – The Marquee, Tempe
Wednesday 25th May – Warehouse Live, Houston
Thursday 26th May – Republic New Order, New Orleans
Friday 27th May – Gas Monkey Bar & Grill, Dallas
Saturday 28th May – Rocklahoma, Pryor
Sunday 29th May – River City Rockfest, San Antonio
Tuesday 31st May – The Masquerade, Atlanta
Wednesday 1st June – Hooligans Music Hall, Jacksonville
Thursday 2nd June – Baltimore Sound Stage, Baltimore
Friday 3rd June – Underground Arts, Philadelphia
Saturday 4th June – Starland Ballroom, Sayreville
Sunday 5th June – Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre, Montreal
Monday 6th June – The Opera House, Toronto
Tuesday 7th June – Mr. Small's Theatre, Millvale
Wednesday 8th June – Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park
Thursday 9th June – Higher Ground, South Burlington
Friday 10th June – Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel, Providence
Saturday 11th June – Toad's Place, New Haven
Monday 13th June – Park Street Saloon, Willard
Tuesday 14th June – Fubar, Saint Louis
Thursday 16th June – Sunshine Theater, Albuquerque
Friday 17th June – Window Rock Sports Center, Tucson
Saturday 18th June – Brick By Brick, San Diego
Thursday 28th July – Metal Days Festival, Tolmin
Friday 29th July – Saarmageddon Festival, Saarbrücken
Saturday 30th July – NORD Open Air, Essen
Sunday 31st July – Poppodium Volt, Sittard
Tuesday 2nd August – F-Haus, Jena
Wednesday 3rd August – Fezen Festival, Székesfehérvár
Thursday 4th August – Free & Easy Festival, Munich
Friday 5th August – Festivalkult, Porta Westfalica
Saturday 6th August – Wacken Festival, Wacken
Sunday 7th August – RheinRiot, Koln
Tuesday 9th August – Bi Nuu, Berlin
Wednesday 10th August – Brutal Assault Festival, Josefov
Friday 12th August – Metal On The Hill, Graz
Saturday 13th August – Zoom, Frankfurt
Sunday 14th August – Alcatraz Festival, Kortrijk
Tuesday 16th August – Tramshed, Cardiff
Wednesday 17th August – O2 ABC, Glasgow
Thursday 18th August – O2 Institute, Birmingham
Friday 19th August – O2 Ritz, Manchester
Saturday 20th August – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
Sunday 21st August – Zaxidfest, Rodatichi
'Trust No One’ Tracklisting:
Testimony Of Truth
My Night Sky
Above It All
Trust No One
For What It's Worth