This week, DEVILDRIVER is pleased to reveal the first of several segments of a new interview commentary series supporting the release of Outlaws ‘Til The End.
The first segment, titled “Intro to Outlaw Country”, features members of DEVILDRIVER as well as album guests Randy Blythe of Lamb of God, Lee Ving of Fear, Hank3, Wednesday 13, Burton C. Bell of Fear Factory and Brock Lindow of 36 Crazyfists discussing their personal introductions to the outlaw country genre and how it has influenced them as musicians.
In the video, Fafara details, “I got into my parent’s record collection when I was younger, and that’s what got me into music. And they have everything from the Doors, to Steppenwolf, to a lot of outlaw country, and even stuff like Kenny Rogers, laying around the house… but I think my true love [for outlaw country] came from when I started touring with Pantera. Them and on the Black Sabbath tour. I constantly was hearing those guys on the bus jamming outlaw country. If it wasn’t Willie Nelson, it was Johnny Cash and bands like that. I just fell in love with the lyrics as well. The lyrical content is so fucking real…”
Outlaws ‘Til The End is both a startling curveball and a ferocious statement of individuality from a band who have been a constant and effective force in the heavy metal world for the best part of two decades now. From the opening seconds of Hank3’s “Country Heroes” onward, Outlaws ‘Til The End is simply one of the most invigorating records the band have made yet. More importantly, these evocative, irresistible songs have all been wholly rebuilt from the ground up, powered by the classic DEVILDRIVER sound and embellished with Fafara’s unmistakable feral roar. Outlaws ‘Til The End was produced, mixed and recorded with Steve Evetts (Dillinger Escape Plan, Every Time I Die, Sepultura, The Cure), and co-produced by DEVILDRIVER guitarist Mike Spreitzer. The album was mastered by renowned engineer Alan Douches.
Completing this unprecedented project is a host of metal and country luminaries providing unforgettable cameos: horror metal icon Wednesday13 lends his incensed rasp to George Jones’ “If Drinking Don’t Kill Me”, 36 Crazyfists frontman Brock Lindow brings fire and soul to Steve Earle’s, “Copperhead Road”, and Fear Factory’s Burton C. Bell helps to turn Richard Thompson’s anti-war classic, “Dad’s Gonna Kill Me”, into a brooding gothic metal extravaganza. Meanwhile, Lamb of God members Randy Blythe and Mark Morton contribute to an exhilarating decimation of Willie Nelson’s “Whiskey River” before Randy makes a second appearance on DEVILDRIVER’s version of cowboy standard “Ghost Riders In The Sky”; the latter featuring the son of Johnny Cash himself. The album also features the iconic voice of Fear, US punk rock legend Lee Ving, on Johnny Cash’s “The Man Comes Around” and David Allan Coe’s “The Ride”.
1. “Country Heroes”
Written by Hank Williams III
Performed by Hank3 & Dez Fafara
2. “Whiskey River”
Written by Johnny Bush and Paul Stroud; recorded by Willie Nelson
Performed by Randy Blythe, Mark Morton of Lamb of God & Dez Fafara
3. “Outlaw Man”
Written by David Blue; recorded by the Eagles
Performed by Dez Fafara & Neal Tiemann of DEVILDRIVER
4. “Ghost Riders in the Sky”
Written by Stan Jones
Performed by John Carter Cash, Ana Cristina Cash, Randy Blythe & Dez Fafara
5. “I’m the Only Hell (Mama Ever Raised)”
Written by Bobby Bobby Borchers, Wayne Kemp, Mack Vickery; recorded by Johnny Paycheck
Performed by Dez Fafara & DEVILDRIVER
6. “If Drinking Don’t Kill Me (Her Memory Will)”
Written by Harlan Sanders, Rick Beresford; recorded by George Jones
Performed by Wednesday13 & Dez Fafara
7. “The Man Comes Around”
Written by Johnny Cash
Performed by Lee Ving of Fear & Dez Fafara
8. “A Thousand Miles From Nowhere”
Written by Dwight Yoakam
Performed by Dez Fafara & Neal Tiemann of DEVILDRIVER
9. “Copperhead Road”
Written by Steve Earle
Performed by Brock Lindow of 36 Crazyfists & Dez Fafara
10. “Dad’s Gonna Kill Me”
Written by Richard Thompson
Performed by Burton C. Bell of Fear Factory & Dez Fafara
11. “A Country Boy Can Survive”
Written by Hank Williams Jr.
Performed by Dez Fafara & DEVILDRIVER
12. “The Ride”
Written by J.B. Detterline Jr., Gary Gentry; recorded by David Allan Coe
Performed by Lee Ving of Fear & Dez Fafara
Stay tuned for more new music and videos coming soon in anticipation of Outlaws ‘Til The End.
Warrnambool’s groove-thrash metal rising stars The Ascended have announced their debut, full-length studio album ‘Awaken Within’ to be released on May 4th via Truth Inc Records.
The Ascended blend traditional groove elements and new-age, break-neck speeds to achieve a sound that is not only powerful but memorable modern metal classic. Recorded with Adam B. Metal, mixed and mastered by Chris Clancy (Mutiny Within, Wearing Scars) at Audioworks Productions, ‘Awaken Within’ is set to take the global metal scene by storm.
1. A World on Fire
2. Drag Me to Hell
3. Strike of the Monarch
4. Awaken Within
5. God of Harvest
6. The Descent
7. Lady of Sorrow
9. The Way of the Reaper
10. The Fallen One
The Norwegian thrash power-trio Aura Noir are coming in full sonic force once again! The band is out with their new single titled “Shades Ablaze” today, the second single off the upcoming, semi-self-titled ‘Aura Noire’, due April 27. It is heavy, fast and powerful – just as you would expect from Aura Noir.
Aggressor commented this track: “‘Shades Ablaze’ is one of the few tracks on the album featuring Apollyon on vocals. One of the faster songs. Watch out for Apollyon’s South American inspired drumming near the end. A homage to old Sarcophago and ancient Sepultura.”
With Aura Noire, a title which quite distinctly resembles their band name, Aura Noir churns through some of the most refreshing, yet nostalgic tracks of thrash metal ever to be heard. The album opens with probably one of the most retrospect of riffs, but suddenly summersaults you into the gloriously dissonant and immersive Aura Noir atmosphere. The soaring and burning shouts of Aggressor intensely glues the otherwise quite varied and playful guitar riffs and drums together, culminating into the essence of thrash that is Aura Noir!
AGRESSOR will reissue their acclaimed third full-length, ‘Symposium of Rebirth’ (1994) in its original version, which comes together with a fully re-mastered edition on 2CD and also as gatefold double-vinyl that both contain several bonus tracks. The release date of this collector’s dream come true under the name of ‘Rebirth’ has been scheduled for June 8th, 2018.
The French death metal innovators are offering the re-mastered version of the track “Overloaded” as a taste of things to come.
Upon its release in 1994, ‘Symposium of Rebirth’ propelled AGRESSOR to the elite ranks of extreme metal bands. The French metal pioneers were forward thinking in many ways. Musically, their unique sound is based within the newly burgeoning death metal scene of the early nineties yet comes with a solid dose of the original thrash heritage, which invites comparison with DARK ANGEL. Not content with the limitations of their genre, AGRESSOR added orchestral elements and even went as far as to cover parts of Basil Poledouris’ iconic soundtrack for the movie ‘Conan the Barbarian’ and a cooperation with the Choir of the Opéra de Lyon. The album artwork of ‘Symposium of Rebirth’ was designed by legendary French graphic novel artist Philippe Druillet – famous for his psychedelic SF series based on the character Lone Sloane.
AGRESSOR were founded in 1986 and immediately presented their first demo, ‘The Merciless Onslaught’ in the same year. The Southern French band’s second demo, ‘Satan Sodomy’ (1987) caused some scandal due to its sexually implicit cover and black metal undertones. At the time of the release of their split with LOUDBLAST entitled ‘Licensed to Thrash” (1988), AGRESSOR had begun touring in French speaking territories alongside such soon to be renowned bands as SAMAEL, SODOM, MESSIAH, and LIVING DEATH.
AGRESSOR became the first French metal act to be signed by an international label after recording the demo, ‘Orbital Distortion’ in 1989. A year later, the band began cooperating with Philippe Druillet for the visuals of their debut album, ‘Neverending Destiny’, which received a warm welcome with its combination of brutal thrash riffing and what would now be considered an early form of technical death metal.
Their sophomore full-length, ‘Towards Beyond’ (1992) was produced by Börje “Boss” Forsberg of BATHORY and Black Mark fame and came with ultra-heavy passages on top of their trademark technical riffing. AGRESSOR continued to spearhead the French extreme metal scene with their following release as well as through touring with such renowned acts as MORBID ANGEL, OBITUARY, PESTILENCE, BIOHAZARD, SINISTER, and WARGASM.
Following a UK tour with CRADLE OF FILTH in 1996, the sole remaining founding member, vocalist and guitarist Alex Colin-Tocquaine put the band on a short hiatus, but AGRESSOR returned with ‘Medieval Rites’ in 1999 and more live activities. Their latest album under the programmatic title, ‘Deathreat’ was released in 2006 and since then the French have occasionally played rare shows.
Now AGRESSOR will reissue the death metal milestone and acclaimed masterpiece, ‘Symposium of Rebirth’ both in its original form with bonus tracks as well as in a re-recorded version with even more extra material.
ELECTRIC HELLRIDE is a well-known and respected 4-piece group hailing from the Danish underground, and with tireless energy in an exciting mix of thrash, death and classic heavy metal, they are now ready with a music video for The Ghost Army.
The album entitled Praedam, which translated from latin means ”prey”, was released September 2017. The Ghost Army is the fifth song from Praedam and ELECTRIC HELLRIDE are ready to once again, add visuals to their music, and it’s even more atmospheric and dynamic than before. All songs on the album are somehow connected to this theme. Whether it is to be the hunter or be the hunted. It’s a concept that fits perfectly with ELECTRIC HELLRIDE’s desperate and aggressive soundscapes.
Gravemind are not a band who do things by the book. They are known for their off-kilter rollouts, their insanely detailed and perfectly-crafted videoclips and their ability to stand out in a niche-within-niche genre – deathcore. Having turned heads in media with their previous release, The Deathgate, Gravemind are today returning to the fray with a new track and filmclip, Lifelike. The single will be available on all digital outlets from this Friday, 6th April.
The lads in Gravemind, not ones to shy away from hard work/ideas outside the norm – are also putting this new single out on 7″ Vinyl, for order beginning Monday 9th April. As well as this, there is also an extremely limited run of 10 Lifelike test presses, on 7″ vinyl. Each test press comes with a laser cut wooden box and a lyric page typewritten by vocalist Dylan Gillies-Parsons. The page itself is made of plantable paper. When made wet, the page can be submerged in soil, and after a period of time, with care, forget-me-not flowers should grow. The owner can choose to create life, watch it flourish, and then die, or choose to hold onto the lyric page for as long as they can. Due to international quarantine, item will only be available for sale in Australia. Dylan said of the concept – “The song is about being born against your will, and some day having to die, so we thought it’d be fitting to give fans the option to literally create life, watch it flourish, and then die before their very eyes.”
Gravemind are Damon Bredin (Guitarist, writer), Dylan Gillies-Parsons (Vocalist, video director + editor), Michael Petritsch (Guitar), Aden Young (Guitar), and unofficial member/fill-in, Boris The Blade drummer, Karl Stellar.
Dylan Gillies-Parsons, vocalist for Gravemind, said that “Lifelike is about being alive, but not really being there at all. It’s about being born against your will, and the reality that some day soon, we all die. We wanted to drop the metaphors and narrative for this release, and really be honest with the listener. It was our intention to write a song that is intrinsically Gravemind, but also very unique from our previous releases. It has been the hardest song to write lyrically, and the whole creation process this time around has been exceptionally draining, but for good cause. This song is about us, all of us, because no one can escape from this.“
Lifelike was produced by Scottie Simpson + Gravemind and Recorded by Scottie Simpson in December 2017. The track was Mixed + Mastered by Lance Prenc and features additional vocals by Joshua Renjen.
Lifelike will be available on all digital outlets from this Friday, April 6 and the vinyl will be available to order from Monday 9th April. Tickets for Gravemind’s headline Lifelike single tour in May alongside Diamond Construct and 23/19 are on sale now at gravemindofficial.com.
For more information, go to http://www.facebook.com/gravemindau
Irish Pagan Metal Gods Primordial will release their new album, Exile Amongst The Ruins, March 30th through Metal Blade Records. Teaming with producer Ola Ersfjord, who worked on Primordial‘s 2016 live album, Gods To The Godless, the record was tracked at Dublin’s Camelot Studios, located adjacent to their rehearsal room.
Primordial comments: “This is a simple story. A soldier’s fate that has happened around the world many times and will continue to do so. It is set in Ireland about 100 years ago. Nothing more and nothing less. They are the Ghosts. We are the Ruins.”
Once again building upon their signature sound, the follow up to 2014’s Where Greater Men Have Fallen is a more raw, “old school sounding” record than its predecessor. Hitting home with what vocalist A.A. Nemtheanga describes as “a direct energy” and wielding an urgency that is undeniable, the Irish quintet once again effortlessly blend elements of tragedy and might like no one else. Likewise, the evolution in their sound continues to be organic and unforced, ensuring that Exile Amongst The Ruins is essential listening for both their long term faithful and those only now drawn into their world.
Metal never dies. In the 50 years since it first spewed forth from northern English guitars, heavy metal has grown into a world dominating and ever expanding genre of endless subgenres. But sometimes, you just have to bring it back to it’s roots. It’s all about the riff, that feeling, that sound, that urge. Adelaide’s finest exponents of true heavy metal, Matterhorn have harnessed the heavy metal riff and channeled it into their debut album, Crimes Of Man, set for release on March 16.
Today they unleash the first single from the album.
Watch the video for Memory Of The Guilty here
Formed in 2009, the band have been treading the boards for years as the nations premiere heavy metal tribute show performing all the classic songs from bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, DIO, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Ozzy, Metallica and more in one big highly entertaining and memorable live full concert production show. This led to the release of a 7 track EP in 2013 called For True Fans Of Rock/Metal featuring cover songs of the above mentioned bands which was well received among the heavy music press. Matterhorn then went on to tour the EP to a wider audience sharing Aussie stages with former Judas Priest vocalist Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens and the one and only Paul Di’Anno of Iron Maiden’s early years.
Then the requests started coming in to hear some of the bands own songs…and due to overwhelming demand, the band have produced a slab of their own metal material and called it Crimes Of Man.
Featuring 13 original songs, that feature vocalist Amanda Ozolins’ incredible power, range and control. There is something formidable about her voice that comes roaring out of the speakers and grabs the listener by the throat, commanding their attention. Focusing your attention further, guitarist Brendan Ozolins delivers riffs that honour his roots and are instantly recognisable as 100% metal riffage. There are no breakdowns or prog weirdness going on, just straight up pummelling riffs and soaring solos of pure molten metal. The full frontal assault is driven home via Steve Opitz and Jaryd Dorey on bass and drums, who lock down monstrous groove from the engine room.
Ozolin’s lyrics tackle some pretty heavy contemporary issues, the superficial nature of social media on album opener Judge Nought, to Burial Ground‘s corporate greed, Asylum‘s the refugee crisis, to the ever present threat of global conflict discussed in Spear Of Destiny and even the Bali Nine via the albums first single Memory Of The Guilty. Plus the uniquely Aussie Guest Of His Majesty which gives the First Fleet and early Australian life a metal soundtrack and some typically metal subject matter via Drive – fast cars, fast living, The Riff – nuff said, and I Am Become Death, the most metal of topics, The Manhattan Project.
If it’s pure, unadulterated heavy freakin metal that you want. Matterhorn have got what you need!
Crimes Of Man will be released on March 16 Pre orders are coming soon
WEEDEATER have announced a string of European shows starting with a unique special ‘God Luck and Good Speed’ show at the prestigious Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, the Netherlands on April 19th. Provided that Sheb has no further accidents with his favourite shotgun, the Southern smoked band will continue to inhale deeply in ten more European countries including the UK.
Those infamous sludge outlaws WEEDEATER finally return with their long-awaited fifth full-length ‘Goliathan’. Their new album marks the crossroads where true Southern rock and metal meet raw humour, old religion, as well as weed and whiskey. ‘Goliathan’ embodies the band’s trademark shuffle and swagger at their fullest. Syrupy slow riffs are buoyed by canyon-deep bass and some of the hardest-hitting drumming since Keith Moon. Full-on bruisers such as “Cain Enabler”, “Claw of the Sloth”, and the aptly-named “Bully” demonstrate that ‘Goliathan’ is delivering a vintage WEEDEATER and the soon-to-be gold standard of Southern sludge metal. At its founding, the band rose like a doobie phoenix out of the ashes of BUZZOV•EN. When the cult sludge act called it a day, bass player Dave “Dixie” Collins teamed up with guitarist Dave “Shep” Shepherd and founded WEEDEATER in the harbor town of Wilmington about the year 1998. Their crushing and massive first full-length ‘…and Justice for Y’all’ (2001) created an immediate buzz, while critics were struggling to put a tag on their sound. Nearly everybody agreed that stoner rock, doom, sludge and some crusty elements were part of the mix, which the band simply calls “weed metal”. The debut was produced by renowned engineer Billy Anderson (EYEHATEGOD, NEUROSIS) as well as sophomore album ‘Sixteen Tons’ (2002). WEEDEATER went out to perform live with CORROSION OF CONFORMITY and ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY among others. After some detours of Dixie Dave, who played shortly with BONGZILLA and SOURVEIN, third album ‘God Luck and Good Speed’ hit the world in 2007 and shifted the band’s focus slightly towards the stoner side. The latest full-length ‘Jason… the Dragon’ got delayed when guitarist Shep lost a toe due to an incident with his favourite shotgun. When the sludge driven album finally came out in 2011, shows in the US and Europe cemented the band’s reputation as a fierce live entity. After signing to Season of Mist, WEEDEATER reissued their full back-catalogue on their new label. Yet the Bible Belt state of North Carolina, USA remains a fertile ground for hemp and stoner rock. ‘Goliathan’ makes the South smoke again. Lean back and let this monster record blow your mind!