What happens when you show a nu-metal frontman the extremes of metal you get the band Devildriver. From what I read in Terrorizer magazine Dez was introduced by Phil to some tapes from early Burzum and Darkthrone. Thank you Phil!!! If that is all it takes to convert nu-metal than please continue. Now not a perfect Blackmetal or Deathmetal album it is a great start. Dez still has that Coal Chamber voice. However there are alot more raspy vocals. Its a very good change for Dez. I hope they improve more over time and get deeper meaning and mystery in their lyrics that or even cartoonish Vincent Price style black lyrics (Mercyful Fate). I still commend Dez on his journey into the extremity of metal music and a good way to introduce nu-metal fans into other forms of music. As always there is room for improvement and I’m the longer these guys stay in the extreme forms of metal the more they will improve. For nu-metal fans wanting to spread out try some Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth, Emperor (most notably Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk), Tiamat, Samael, and Satyricon first since they are close to being commercial. Then go into bands such as early Bathory, Celtic Frost, Venom, Darkthrone, Mayhem, Marduk, and Dissection. As for Deathmetal first The Crown, In Flames, Soilwork, Strapping Young Lad, and Lamb of God since this is pseudo deathmetal. Go towards more of the Swedish style of Dismember, Edge of Sanity, old Entombed, and Hypocrisy. Then listen to Deicide, Six Feet Under, Morbid Angel, Obiturary, Carcass, Napalm Death, Cannibal Corpse, The Berzerker, and Repulsion. Hope this helps!!!
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No Description AvailableNo Track Information AvailableMedia Type: CDArtist: SUICIDAL TENDENCIESTitle: HOW WILL I LAUGH TOMORROW WHENStreet Release Date: 09/13/1988<Domestic or Import: DomesticGenre: PUNK
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I can’t understand some people, like the ones who say “Oh, DevilDriver are just crappy MTV rock.” or “DevilDriver are SO nu-metal.” 1st off, DevilDriver have never had a video on MTV. MTV 2, yes, but only on Headbanger’s Ball, and even Slayer and Metallica and Opeth have been on that show, so that comment is shot down right there. 2nd, DevilDriver are NOT nu-metal. I have nothing against nu-metal, but nowadays people claim a band is nu-metal way too often. Apparently, EVERY band in the world is nu-metal, I’ve heard everything from Metallica, Slayer, Iron Maiden, Opeth, Cradle of Filth, and so on become nu-metal just because one person dislikes them or they changed a tiny bit from the way they used to sound. I love metal, but I’ll admit this: metal fans are the biggest bunch of whiny losers in the world. Sometimes, I even deny that I like metal because I’m ashamed at the way some of my fellow metal fans act. It’s sickening. A message to all metal fans: GROW UP, and quickly. I dislike Cannibal Corpse, but I don’t call them nu-metal, they’re obviously death metal. I also don’t bash others for liking them. Long live DevilDriver. m/
I was introduced to DevilDriver with The Fury Of Our Maker’s Hand and was severely blown away. Sometimes stepping back to the previous release can be a let-down, as the band may have developed with significant differences from release to release. Not so with DevilDriver. Each CD is unique, unmistakeable, and ultimately bone crushing! This first DevilDriver release is an absolute must have!
Last year it was Killswitch Engage. This year Devildriver holds the title for most creative, accessible, and all out heavy metal release. To quote another “well-listened” reviewer, this doesn’t build on Coal Chamber, it blows it out of the water. The vocals are actually somewhat different than any previous Dez release, much more along the lines of death metal than nu-metal. When I hear “nu-metal”, I see Korn. This sounds closer to The Berzerker than Korn, it even ventures to grind metal for brief moments (Die). He never sings, it’s always an insane (but catchy) pace. The guitar is an even further cry from Coal Chamber. To me, it closely resembles the guitar-age of my favorite swedish death metal band, In Flames. Only… without the epic solos. The guitar is always a great head-banging rhythem. And the frantic-as-hell drums never lose a beat. There are quite a few very “catchy” songs, here, as well as a few that are all out crazy-pit songs (a la “great southern trendkill”). I would have to recommend Dreamed I Died, Die, Cry For me Sky, and The Mountain. They’re four of the best metal songs I’ve ever heard. Don’t get me wrong, if you buy the album, you’ll listen to it start-to-finish every time. All songs deserve a listen. Also, if you get the chance to see DevilDriver live, as they will be touring for 18 months between albums, GO SEE THEM. It’s an amazing show. Oh, and if you think the hair-style of band members decide how “metal” an album is, you’re an idiot.
I am not a huge fan of Coal Chamber as I felt that they exemplify the whole nu-metal thing. People like me may be reluctant to get Devildriver’s CD for this reason, but Devildriver are really nothing at all like Coal Chamber. Devildriver has really made an effort to make a solid metal album, shying away from the gimmicks that so often define a typical nu-metal band. There are no electronics, costumes, or hip-hop crap present on this CD, just straight-up guitars (there are 2 guitar players), drumming, and aggressive vocals. Devildriver are not nu-metal, death metal, or thrash — they are just metal, which is something that is not around much these days.First of all, the guitar work is very solid for a good metal CD — great riffs are everywhere. There are little or no solos here, but there is plenty of low-end, punishing guitar-work. The drumming is very solid with a lot of pounding double-bass that is perfect for a pure metal band. Dez’s vocal are always very rough and he almost never uses his clear singing voice (which is a good thing). This vocal style is perfect for the type of music on this CD. I won’t lie and say that the lyrics are stellar — they aren’t terrific by any means, but then again they could be a lot worse. For this type of album, however, the lyrics are overshadowed enough by the music that this shortcoming is relatively minor.Bottom line — this is a very good CD for you if you just want to listen to real metal from a new band (rather than dig through a bunch of 10+ year old albums). Standout tracks include “I Could Care Less”, “Cry For Me Sky”, “The Mountain”, and “What Does It Take”.