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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.