Like a storm on the horizon, distant, ominous, imminant. Closer and closer it comes and the air turns cold, the rumble now audible, the lightning flashes visible. Now comes the wind, and the ground is speckled wet, the sun is gone, the black clouds have rolled in.
Here it is, 'The Fury of Our Makers Hand', power, aggression, menace, oppressive, intimidating, punishing.
Thats how DevilDriver`s second album comes on with its opening track 'End of the Line', and the storm doesn`t relent. 'Driving Down` pummels, 'Grinfucked' batters and 'Hold back the Day', the first video track, continues the beating with no remorse.
And so it continues with some very inventive riffs, harsh, rhythmic vocal arrangments and a more pronounced Black/Death metal influence than the self titled debut CD, all shown off on tracks like 'Impending Disaster' and 'Before the Hangmans Noose'.
'Sin & Sacrifice' or the albums namesake to my mind would have made better video tracks or singles with singable yet heavy as f**k choruses and both mark the closest this storm comes to a calm eye.
Surley with this gale driven flash flood of and album, Dez`s past should be washed away for good because, for all his detractors, this is no Coal Chamber. It is, as I still believe his old band was, a powerful and stand alone example of modern Heavy Metal, harsh and brutal, listenable and catchy. The clouds may part, the rain may stop, but always beware the maker's hand.