Device Album Review — 5 out of 5 stars (Listen!)
Fri, 05 Apr 2013 11:16:10
Hard rock downloads a much-needed upgrade on Device's self-titled debut.
Things have gotten so stale across the genre that's it's both refreshing and reinvigorating to experience this infectious industrialized bitch-slap from Disturbed frontman David Draiman and studio collaborator Geno Lenardo—of Filter fame. The grooves hit hard enough to knock a Terminator's head off on the syncopated, slippery scorchers "You Think You Know" and "Vilify". Electronic synths wrap tightly around razor sharp riffs on "Penance", whose hook is one of Draiman's sharpest to date. He even drops in a guttural growl to spark the assault. "Can you make the nightmares go away?" he asks on the violent and viciously catchy refrain.
"Out of Line" is a collaboration for the ages blending a haunting Geezer Butler bass line with System of a Down singer Serj Tankian's wonderfully whacky warble and Draiman's impenetrable and inimitable delivery. Rage Against the Machine six-string wizard Tom Morello adds a funky futuristic flavor to the fiery opinion, while Avenged Sevenfold mainman M. Shadows joins Draiman for the ultimate 21st century metal matchup on the psychedelic stomp of "Haze". However, everything culminates on the cybernetically beautiful "Through It All" with a big cameo from Glenn Hughes.
Now, are you ready for the future? Are you ready for Device? It's a landmark for Draiman and one of the year's best records.
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