Top-charting dark groove metal originators Devildriver will release a double album, Dealing With Demons, later this year.
The first volume, Dealing With Demons I, will be released on Oct. 9, 2020 via Napalm Records and marks the band’s first release of new, original material since 2016’s acclaimed Trust No One. Representing the onset of a final purging of the themes that have long possessed frontman Dez Fafara and Devildriver’s music, each track on Dealing With Demons I illustrates a different demon to be dealt with, or released.
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Devildriver is: Dez Fafara – Vocals; Mike Spreitzer – Guitar; Neal Tiemann – Guitar; Diego “Ashes” Ibarra – Bass; and Austin D’Amond – Drums.
Following the release of their burgeoning latest single, “Keep Away From Me,” Devildriver has released “Iona,” which was directed by Vicente Cordero.
“‘Iona’ is unlike any other Devildriver song we’ve put out,” said Fafara. “From the frantic verses to the haunting chorus, this song is another move forward to push our sound and the listener’s ears into the fray!”
The chorus, “she carries a black rose, effigy from a story closed”, tells the story of the long dead ghost of Iona and her obsession with death represented by the black roses in her hands – each one the soul of someone she’s taken from this life on a lonely dark road, assimilating their souls into black roses, which she carries for eternity.
“This theme relates to myself and “Dealing With Demons” in that, often times, we as people have a hard time “letting go” of things,” Fafara continued. “This can be applied to relationships, death, and so on. Iona carrying the black roses symbolizes her inability to move on – always seeking revenge. The past is exactly that – the past – it’s important to let go and not be stuck in a perpetual loop of living in it.”
Respected standard bearers for 21st century metal, Devildriver have spent nearly two decades pursuing a course of uncompromising artistry and nonsense-free dedication to the road. Led by the prolific Dez Fafara, the Californian crew have earned their reputation as one of the hardest working bands on the planet, while issuing a steady succession of brutal but distinctive albums along the way.
Dealing With Demons I showcases the supreme form of the band – Dez, guitarists Mike Spreitzer and Neal Tiemann, drummer Austin D’Amond and bassist Diego “Ashes” Ibarra. This isn’t just some of the most vicious Devildriver material to date, but some of their most lethally memorable, too. Produced and engineered by Steve Evetts with additional engineering from guitarist Mike Spreitzer, it’s a triumph for teamwork and tenacity.
With new milestones like Fafara’s eerie verses on “Wishing” and the frontman’s first co-authored lyric (the seething, poignant “Nest Of Vipers” was written by Dez and Neal Tiemann), Dealing With Demons I ferociously delivers the goods while kicking open several new doors for Devildriver to power through in the future. From the self-explanatory, explosive opener “Keep Away From Me” to the chilling imagery of “Iona,” this album is powerful evidence that Fafara and his band mates have given Devildriver a volatile, visceral kick in the ass. Demons are getting dealt with in the harshest of manners.
“It’s time to lay it all out, on two records. I’m never gonna revisit these subjects again,” Fafara stated. “I’ve been writing about this sort of human nature, disloyalty and dishonesty, love and loss, since the beginning of my career. I am going in a more lyrically woke direction in the future. A lot of people say my music gives them strength. But what they don’t realize is that these topics haunt me. Over the course of these last few years we fled from wildfires, my wife battled cancer and now we are going through a pandemic… so it is what it is… let’s dump it all on the table and purge. I want to go through different topics in the future, so here we are now. I’ve laid it all out on a double record for all of you to hear.”
This is just the beginning – fans should be prepared for the onslaught of what is to come with the impending second volume of the double album, which promises to go even harder. This is a two-part acceleration into the future – after witnessing Dealing With Demons I, listeners will be clamoring for the second half!
Dealing With Demons I Tracklist:
1. Keep Away From Me
2. Vengeance Is Clear
3. Nest Of Vipers
6. You Give Me A Reason To Drink (feat. Simon Blade Fafara)
8. Dealing With Demons
9. The Damned Don’t Cry
10. Scars Me Forever