DevilDriver | Beast

Roadrunner (2011)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  March 9, 2011
3.0 3.0 Stars

 Devil

Would it be blasphemous to compare DevilDriver with the almighty Pantera? Sure, perhaps. But the only reference for the bludgeoning brutality of Beast is the latter days of the Texas-based metal militants and their pushing of the envelope into breakneck energy, aggression, and power. Former Coal Chamber singer Dez Fafara has used the double-D vehicle to indulge in his love of groove metal, but this takes it to the extreme (not the band). Speaking of Pantera: "Coldblooded" shamelessly rips off the breakdown of Pantera's "Hollow," and that's probably the most original moment here. First single and leadoff number "Dead to Rights" is the key accessible song - which in this particular context is like an ax to the face as opposed to a hatchet to the gut. Pinch harmonics abound, but the coolest moment might be the take on "Black Soul Choir," an alt-country track originally twanged out by 16 Horsepower. Which suggests that there might be something deeper rolling around here than "There's nothing that will change me/There's nothing sure as shit" ("Bring the Fight"). Probably not, but if you want to bang your head, this will do the trick.

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