Fri, 08 Jan 2010 13:04:29
Devildriver turn heavy metal inside out with every calculated riff, groove and beat. Their fourth full-length sonic atom bomb, Pray for Villains, radiates full metal brilliance. Somehow heavy metal's most brutal gunslingers got even more brutal—John Boecklin's drumming's nothing short of epic, Jeff Kendrick and Mike Spreitzer's fretwork is corrosively catchy, John Miller's bass playing destructively devilish and Dez Fafara's vocals remain infectious and bludgeoningly thought provoking.
Dez sat down with ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino to discuss Pray for Villains, the band's current Bound by the Road tour and what's next…
How were your holidays, Dez?
It was nice to be home. I was just kicking back with the family. We had just gotten home from six weeks in Europe so it was good to be in the United States of America. It was pretty long. When we first got there, we all got sick. Then after that, it was a good time. It was totally cool. All of the shows in the UK were soldout. It was unbelievable, the people that were coming out. I'm totally appreciative of everything. The band has spent a lot of time cultivating our relationship with fans over there.
Pray for Villains truly shows an immense amount of growth, and it's your best offering yet. You should be proud, my friend…
The band worked really hard! I'm surrounded by talented musicians and great people. We've got a good team right now, and things seem to be really on a roll for the band. We're all in great spirits and things couldn't be better!
Your lyrics on the album are extremely personal, but they're also very universal and even cinematic in some instances.
I just tapped into something different lyrically, and it was coming out of me. I had written a lot of that stuff prior to even sitting down with the music, so it was a good time for me. I could go personal and introspective with a couple tunes and then on some other tunes, I could just tell stories, like "Resurrection Blvd." It's always good as a lyricist to step outside of the box.
Where do you think it's going to go next?
You'll have to ask the band [Laughs]. I've heard a couple of the tunes already, and I can tell you that we're going to step it up. I know that it's going to get a little faster. That's the one thing that I know. It seems that the record is going to be more up-tempo than not, which is going to be a good thing. I'm writing a lot of energetic lyrics for now. I have over 184 ideas for this next record so as soon as the guys come with the music I can start coming with it. I listen to two or three songs of theirs and I say, "That's a killer direction, keep running!" I don't want to hear anything though until the whole body of work is done—18 to 20 songs.
What's up with the Bound by the Road tour?
It's a huge honor for us to be going out with a band like Suffocation as main support. They're legends, and I'm going to be watching them every night. Goatwhore and Thy Will Be Done are personal favorites. I love Thy Will be Done! I think everybody's bringing something different and diverse to this tour. I'm looking forward to it. There's no real stop in sight. We're going to come off of this run in February and hit the studio in April. We'll give ourselves six weeks to make sure everything's crafted, go into the studio and then right back to the road. I don't really want to stop right now. At this point, we're building a house and the second story's looking pretty good. We've got to put the roof on this motherfucker.
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