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Every Devildriver album brings a little something new to the band's overall style and they aren't the sort of band you could ever accuse of making the same album over and over again.

Devil Driver's fifth studio album `Beast,' is no exception, although you may be forgiven for fearing so had you read any of the pre-release press which seemed to threaten a very one dimensional and relentless album.

Luckily, while `Beast,' is definitely hard and aggressive it is by no means a basic pounding assault devoid of variety. For example, moments in 'Blur,' wouldn't be out of place on The Great Southern Trendkill and `Black Soul Choir,' almost sounds like a radio single for the first couple of minutes and has a different feel to anything the band have done yet for the last few.

Unlike some albums which seem to run out of steam half way through, 'Beast,' keeps getting better and better, unleashing its unique characteristics more and more as the album goes on, almost easing you into the changes. The opening few songs are what you'd expect the band to make at this stage and things diverge from the formula more and more towards the albums end.

The guitar solos have a different feel to all of the band's previous albums, they seem to have moved to a more Judas Priest sound, which helps the album have a unique identity in their catalogue.

The production is very clear which allows the music to stay heavy without becoming uncomfortable. The guitars aren't a mere wall of sound, you have good definition which is always a bonus.

Standout moments include the aforementioned `Black Soul Choir,' the opener `Dead To Rights,' and the much thrashier `Crowns of Creation,' which has some furious drumming and a big hooky chorus juxtaposing the band at their most brutal and their most catchy in addition to containing the most progressive mid section the band have written to date.

Overall, `Beast,' is an excellent addition to DevilDriver's cannon, finding the band doing something a bit different but retaining what defines their sound. The album is strong and will grow on you with repeat listens. Highly Recommended.

The special edition digipak comes with two studio bonus tracks and one live rendition of `Grinf**cked.' More importantly however is the bonus DVD which features 5 music videos and a 1hr 30min documentary.
The documentary covers the band's history from formation until touring Pray For Villians and features guest appearances from members of Lamb of God, Opeth and God Forbid. I was incredibly pleased with it, it felt like a 'proper,' DVD like Walk With Me In Hell or The Dehumanizing Process, as opposed to the slightly shallow bonus DVD that came with Pray For Villains.
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on 29 March 2011
As others have said, you really cant accuse Devildriver of delivering the same old, same old with every release and Beast is no exception.

Personally, I think this is Devildriver's heaviest release to date, it really is a full on assault from the first to the very last song. Opening track Dead to Rights is absolutely manic and sets the mood and tempo for the entire album, its a wonder how the band can maintain this level of speed and aggression for the full duration, but they do.

I enjoyed Beast in a different way to Pray to Villains (which is DevilDrivers best album IMO). Beast is much more 'thrashy' than its predcessor which as all good but I prefer a more varied mix of tempos and moods within their songs which they have done on previous albums. I think fans of Slayer, Mastodon and Crowbar will really enjoy this.

Standout tracks:

Dead To Rights
Hardened
Blur
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on 6 March 2011
I was practically sat under the letter box waiting for this album to drop through. Largely due to the frenzy I had built up, i felt a little disappointed when I listened for the first time. Where are the soaring twiddly guitars and what happened to the clean sound?

The previous album, "Pray for Villains" was an awesome album and will be with me if I'm ever stranded on the cliched desert island along with Maiden's "Seventh Son" and Blaze Bailey's "Promise and Terror" (if you haven't heard it - buy it!)

Beast is one of those I've listened to over and over again and enjoyed. It's growing on me and is a top notch metal album with lots of chug and aggression but I still think Villains has yet to be surpassed. I'm a sucker for excessive use of lead guitar in the forefront.
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on 28 February 2011
great new album, in my opinion the heaviest and most aggressive work they have produced so far, 'dead to rights' is a really great track, a real stomper! the bonus dvd is a welcome edition and completes the package, definetly a 5/5, get this album \m/
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on 27 March 2014
I remember when this first came out lots of devil driver fans weren't sure and neither was I. But Ive recently bought it and I think its great album. Don't know what all the fuss was about!
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on 26 December 2012
Devil Driver - Beast was a bit disappointing. Found it sounded a bit samey. Not enough variety in there songs to be appealling to me.
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on 1 March 2011
DevilDriver have done it yet again! The force of this album hits you full on like a freight train and doesn't let up from begin to end. They are a band that never cease to produce brutal metal. A definite highlight of the album is Dead To Rights- you can feel the circle pits opening up as it kicks in. It's a MUST buy for any DevilDriver fan and if you've not heard the band before- come see what you've been missing \m/
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on 26 February 2011
Absolutely amazing new album, whose first track also first single Dead To Rights hits you like a steam train and drags you along for a ride through out the rest of the album.

Also the bonus DVD is amazing
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on 28 February 2011
Devildriver never cease to bring it brutal. Keeping to their roots like a metal band should!
This album is killer from start to finish, if your a DD fan, this album is a MUST
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on 24 February 2011
A Beast of a record, from a beast of a band! They certainly do keep getting better! with absolute killer tracks 'Talons Out (Teeth sharpened)'; 'Coldblooded'.
DevilDriver = pure metal fury 'You Make Me Sick'!
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