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on 25 February 2008
It's surely a blessing for Dez Fafara that these days, when his name's mentioned, thoughts are conjured up of his metal titans now on their third album, and not his now-defunct nu-metal escapades in Coal Chamber. And to be fair to Devildriver, they have steadily improved since their 2003 self titled debut. But I have no idea where on earth everyone reviewing this CD has gotten 5 stars from!

Heading back to the last DD CD, 'The Fury Of Our Maker's Hand', which had a great opening and then dipped straight away, its certainly heartening that the opening 5 songs on 'The Last Kind Words' are amongst the best they've created. They're faster, heavier and altogether more interesting than past efforts, and opener 'Not All Who Wander Are Lost' is a great example of this; infectiously speedy, with a desperate delivery and a higher level of musicianship. But then we reach 'Head On To Heartache', and with it, familiar territory; dullness.

That song, and the rest that follow it with the exception of 'Tirades Of Truth' are all devoid of any real hooks, interesting riffs or exciting pace. It's all harkening back to 'The Fury...' which only held half an album's worth of good songs, and the band suffer the same problem here. Seasoned metal ears are used to be being interested and compelled constantly for 11 songs, and not having half an album's worth of filler.

Devildriver have a great album in them, that much is evident after three tries, but 'The Last Kind Words' suffers the same fate as the discs that came before it; only half of it is any good. Whilst the majority of fans dont seem to analysing this band with enough brutal objectivity, the sooner Devildriver can start pushing themselves to create an album of even and consistent quality, the better they'll be. For now, I'll leave the 5-star hyperbole merchants to praise this good metal album.
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Devildriver's third studio album The Last Kind Words, released in 2007 to a more receptive audience than their debut enjoyed, saw the band mix in large melodeath influences into their usual groove orientated sound.

The album features several of the band's important works such as `Clouds Over California,' `Head On To Heartache (Let Them Rot)' and `Not All Who Wander Are Lost.' Devildriver even mix some cleaner sounds into the album, for example on the close `The Axe Shall Fall,' which foreshadows the direction the band would take with their next album, Pray For Villains.

The production was slick and professional, the lyrics were improved and the band were confident; finally gaining respect from everyone who eyed them with suspicion previously. The band's reputation on the live circuit and their continual growth as musicians and songwriters help establish them as reputable and honest metal band. This is the sound of a band earning the public's respect without compromising themselves.

If any criticism has to be laid at the album's door, it would most likely be that the songs are a little to samey and repetitive. Devildriver created an excellent formula with this album and wrote a great bunch of songs off the back of it, but a little more variety wouldn't have gone amiss in all fairness.

Overall though, The Last Kind Words is a good album of well produced, slick and professional metal that mixes groove, a little melodeath and Dez's distinctive voice to create some interesting and enjoyable material. Devildriver fans should definitely give this album a listen.
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on 24 September 2012
Devildriver's first album was, in m opinion, an absolutely fabulous opening strike by the frankly bullied by the press and musical snobs Dez Fafara, formerly of Coal Chamber a band that took a lot of flak from a lot of people who wanted desperately to prove that they were totally metal.

Devildriver is Mr Fafara proving he is totally metal and for the most part it works well. If you listen carefully you can almost hear the Coal Chamber moments, hidden in plain sight, perhaps as a bit of a shove it to critics?

`The Last Kind Words reminds me of Arch Enemy in places during their `Anthems of Rebellion' album. Heavy in a way that could attract a big audience. The mix of rhythm and occasional breakout leads also mirror that album as well. The leads can at times feel almost epic but for the most part the groove and violent cookie monster vocals are the hooks to this thundering album, luckily they work very well.

Sound wise this album is better than the self titled debut, the guitars especially, however, I think the debut stands above this album, mainly because of the greater diversity available on the debut, which made it slightly more interesting and exciting.

Track list
Not All Who Wonder Are Lost
Clouds Over California
Bound by the Moon
Horn of Betrayal
These Fighting Words
Head on to Heartache (Let Them Rot)
Burning Sermon
Monsters of the Deep
Tirades of Truth
When Summoned
The Axe Shall Fall
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on 23 September 2014
Really enjoy listening to these guys! Dez Fafara is a legend (listen to him on interviews on youtube) and comes across as a really likeable intelligent guy while Michael Spreitzer is a quality guitarist. Their are some cracking tunes on this disc like 'Clouds over California', 'Head on to heartache' (let them rot), and 'Tirades of truth'. If you want to listen to some solid metal then you can't go far wrong with DD and this is a good one in their discography.
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on 14 June 2007
I've managed to have this former Coal Chamber frontmans 3rd Devildriver release for a couple of weeks now and i've got to say this is going to be one of the metal genre's best releases of 2007. This is level on par with Machine Head " The Blackening ". All tracks are metal monsters , thrashrifftastic and its an injustice if this doesn't sell by the bucketload . I'm not amazed by many Metal releases these days as being a massive fan of the type for over 20 yrs now but this release deserves full recognition of the classic it is.
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on 13 July 2007
This is the 3rd album from ex Coal Chamber man, Dez and like its predecessors it's hard, heavy, uncompromising modern Metal at its absolute best and continues just where the last one left off.

With DevilDriver Dez has pulled out all the stops, no pandering to trends or trying to please too many people, the only thing he seems hell bent on and the rest of the guys for that matter is creating world class Metal that they want to make and enjoy and if other people like it fine, if not they can go away and follow the trendy bands. The attitude (and that's what it is) has paid off well, they are making music that they love and its selling as an added bonus and when songs like "Not All Who Wander Are Lost", "Monsters Of The Deep", "The Axe Will Fall", "These Fighting Words" and "Bound By The Moon" all of which are riff laden, hard hitting and relentless, this is Metal at its best.

This is another fine album from DevilDriver and the only problem I have is that there is a lot of bad language on this CD which means its limited as to what I can be played on the radio but never mind, buy and enjoy.

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on 22 June 2013
Well...What can I say.....never heard of this band till I see them on Scuzz TV. I heard Pray for Villains and then played a few more tracks....Sounds great. Disc plays great.Get strange looks but hey...guess there like marmite...!!!
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on 21 June 2007
So far this year we have had huge releases such as Machine Heads 'The Blackening' and with all these amazing albums I was unsure if Devildriver would be able to pull off a good enough album to get noticed.

I was lucky enough to attend a playback of the album and loved it so much that I bought it as soon as it came out! This album is heavy, and grabs you by the throat as soon as the first track comes on! Who would have known that after Coal Chamber Dez would be able to create such huge hits! This is one band that is here to stay!
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on 20 June 2007
devildriver return with their third album and one word screams from the speaker,that word is METAL,this is an album that smashes senses,breaks down wuss imitators and sits nicely in the company of 2007s best metal album in Machine heads 'the blackening'.This is the defining album in devildrivers career,an album that brings all their strengths to the table and gels them and this is the result,11 tracks,45 mins and barely a sense of filler contained within.

The album opens with the brilliant 'not all who wander are lost',and the deathy grooves combined with an undisputable gothenberg flavour combine with double kick drumming and dezs vocals that are roared but are easy enough to understand,of course if you are looking for clean vocals and candles in the air sing alongs then you had better skip by this album ,but if you lik eyour metal heavy yet shockingly melodic then this is what you need.

Tracks like 'clouds over claifornia' and 'tirades of truth' and 'these fighting words' fall into the world class caterory and everything else not far below and after a few spins there is so much to love about this album,there is attitude,style and gallons of screeching metal contained within,certainly on that basis this is a 4.5 out of 5 album.
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on 24 July 2007
right then where to begin.....well this is probably the best album from this outfit...and possibly the best metal album to surface so far this year...yes it really is that good.
so then what do you get....riffs...i mean alot of riffs....and very heavy riffs i might add,throw some classic heavy metal melodic guitars over the top and you have skull crushing that you can humm along to!!! i think that is where this album has really struck gold...the level of melody in the music balanced with the aggresion is amazing.
dez sounds like he always does...very angry...but there does seem to be an extra bit of passion in this always the lyrics arent great but hey you cant have everything right!!!
this is overal a very accomplished piece of work....there are no bad tracks just very good ones and even better ones...the real plus side is the variety of song on display from straight forward mosh anthems to longer and slower songs that feel epic in comparison like "bound by the moon" and "the axe shall fall"...these songs show a growth in songwriting that i never thought devildriver would ever reach but i am soooo glad that they did as this stops the album from sounding samey which was true of the first album
overall a fantastic album that grows on each and every listen and a fantastic evolution in sound and songs from the last
if you want to hear the best the new wave of US heavy metal you could do alot worse than starting here
very highly recommended
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