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.