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    Mon, 14 Mar 2011 08:14:57

    DevilDriver "Beast" Album Review — 5 out of 5 stars - ARTISTdirect.com editor and "Dolor" author Rick Florino tells us why DevilDriver's "Beast" is the year's best extreme metal album...

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    DevilDriver's fifth album, Beast, is absolutely everything that an extreme metal record should be and so much more. It spits a vitriol that could burn the sun, and that's why it's a modern heavy classic. Frontman Dez Fafara vocally slays like no one else, and he burns with a fire all his own. "Shitlist" conjures an anger reminiscent of Pantera's The Great Southern Trendkill, ripping throats and staring down the souls of all the competition with confidence and a giant middle finger. Fafara's delivery could scare the toughest black metal singer on songs like "You Make Me Sick." Everything has been stepped up immensely on Beast. Jeff Kendrick and Mike Spreitzer are the most intriguing, infectious, and invasive duo in heavy metal (Check out their site All Axess.com it's the best guitar site out there!). Their tight taut riffage on "Coldblooded" morphs into fleet-fingered soloing that sets fret boards and psyches ablaze. There's an evil catchiness to "Blur" that comes as a result of their six-string wizardry, and it's bound to be remembered as a DevilDriver classic because of it. With how innovative and interesting the duo is within the genre's landscape, they deserve the cover of every guitar magazine in the world.

    Then there's drummer John Boecklin. He simultaneously fires off double bass at speeds that'd make Slayer's Dave Lombardo's head spin while adding in tasty unique fills and rhythms a la Primus master Tim "Herb" Alexander. Boecklin's playing is so impenetrable he could replace the machines on Ministry's Psalm 69, check "The Blame Game" or "Crowns of Creation" for proof. Anchoring it all is the bass bloodlust of Jon Miller. He's got a grasp on the instrument not many can muster and he adds a distinct rumble to the storm making it all the more thunderous.

    Beast (special edition CD/DVD) culminates on the band's best song yet, "Lend Myself To The Night." It's haunting, heavy, and strangely heartfelt. There's an evil elegance to it that sends shivers to the listener's soul and changes them forever.

    Beast will haunt your forever as it redefines extreme.

    Rick Florino
    03.14.11


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