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Old 07-18-2009, 12:04 AM
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DevilDriver - Pray For Villains

I first got into DevilDriver through Metal MusicChoice, and after hearing "End Of The Line" I could call myself a fan. Picked up both "The Fury Of Our Maker's Hand" and "The Last Kind Words", thought they were awesome. This being my first "new release" for these guys, I was anxious to see how they would deliver compared to the aforementioned two. I was gladly met with the expectations that I had, if not a little bit higher. I feel that DevilDriver have matured a lot as a band, stemming more and more away from the generic roots of groove metal, even arguably nu-metal, the latter coming from the terrible failure that is Coal Chamber. "Pray For Villains" has a really unique sound to me, and the title track is the perfect representation of the first half of the record to me. It has a powerful, anthemic riff that just rings in your ears and stays, then goes into brutal speed and pummeling riffage. Dez' vocals have improved with each release too, and he definately has some powerful spots in this song and the record. Stand out songs to me are the title track, "Back With A Vengeance", "Resurrection Blvd.", and "Waiting For November". What I really love about this DD record is that this is the first where they really ventured into other territories than just flat out groove metal which consisted of chugging riffs and screaming vocals. I would go so far to say as that they definately took in their melodic death influences in this one, and to me that is most noticeable starting with "Forgiveness Is A Six Gun" and on. The second half of the record is the most melodic they've had, and they combine it well with appropriate harmonies and grooves. The only complaint to this melodic side is that sometimes Dez' voice can sometimes be out of place with this style, because he is still screaming at full volume. This can take some getting used to, but other than that the transition into the "mellower" material (if that's the right word) is very well done. The riffage overall is pretty much the same as "The Last Kind Words", can be very melodic, very heavy, usually is interchanged quite often. I honestly digged this record a lot upon the first listen, and after listening it to a couple more times I can safely say it's their best in my opinion. I am anxious to see them tour in support of it, and I'm also glad to say it takes a fair spot in my top albums of '09 for now. I suggest a listen to it, even if it isn't your preferred cup of tea. Ya never know

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