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Smashing 4th release from the 'driver boys!,
This review is from: Pray For Villains (Audio CD)
Since the release of the awesome "Fury of our makers Hand" and more recently "The last kind words" Devil Driver without question have made themselves a household name in the world of Hardcore Metal, namely Dez who has worked incredibly hard since the collapse of coal chamber to re-build his reputation and a new band.
Devil Driver have right from the very start wanted to become a cohesive and dedicated metal band playing high quality metal music, with "balls" and without compromises, always letting it be known they were never in this for a side-project. If past releases did'nt quite convince some that the 'Driver wern't quite up to the same stakes as Lamb of god or Children of bodom (for example), with Pray for villains this must surely start to change.
Pray for villains is a "massive" step forward for the guys both in maturity, ideas and musicianship. The title track blasts things off to an amazing start complete with the trademark blast beating and unmistakeable Dez growl with a look-haden chorus.
Even at this point you just know that this record is something special and on into true headbanging riff of "Pure sincerity" (which is sure to be a future live staple at some point) ensures the standard doesn't slip.
Elsewhere "Back with a vengeance" "Resurrection BLVD" and "Forgiveness is a 6gun" are nothing short of exceptional metal songs full of mighty riffs and melodic choruses, including awesome harmonics as well; nothing along the way strikes me as substandard or below par in any way, especially in comparison with some of their older back catalogue, where you might come across the odd turkey.
I know many fans were a little dissapointed with "The last kind words" admittedly it was not as good as "Fury" and whilst there was nothing wrong with it, i just think it was lacking abit of the "WOW factor" i am pleased therefore to report that i think "Pray for villains" is better than both of them including their Debut, making this their best yet, a very strong possibility!
Melody has never been the forefront of Devil Drivers music, whilst that is still true, Pray for villians is i think far more diverse and dare i say a little more listenable than before, i think both fans and newbies are going to love the direction Devil Driver have taken with this, it's a great album full of creativity, ideas and most importantly competant metal songs, that will really show their worth live!!!
If you purchase the CD+DVD version (which i strongly recommend) it comes housed in a very nice double digi-pak with 4extra tracks and a DVD showing the studio developments, a very interesting insight indeed and a must considering the pound or two extra you would only be paying!
I'm not going to say this is the best album since sliced bread or the classic of the decade as i feel that would be far to controversial particularly as we have had such a great decade for metal, however i will say that the five star rating i have just given is in my opinion entirely justified, i hope you will agree.
If your a fan already you won't hesitate in buying this, if your a new to Devil Driver if you like your metal brutal and heavy look no further, this album is very recommended and there is no doubt in my mind that this at some point is bound to propel the Devil Driver into stardom. Enjoy.