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DevilDriver | Winter Kills | review | metal | Lollipop

DevilDriver

Winter Kills (Napalm Records)
By Rick Ecker

Winter Kills is the sixth studio album from American groove metal band DevilDriver, and first to feature bassist Chris Towning, who was a touring member since 2012, before joining permanently in February 2013. This album rages from start to finish, with balls-to-the-wall, drenched-in-sweat ragers, one after the other. From opener "Oath Of The Abyss," with its heavy bass, thundering drums, shouted/screamed vocals, and pure aggression, right through to the closer (a cover of Awolnation's "Sail"), the band plays straight-ahead metal with no apologies and no ballads. "Ruthless" has an intense groove, incredible double bass drumming, and hard-as-nails guitar playing. This album has a ton of highlights, like "Tripping Over Tombstones," "Carings Overkill," "Haunting Refrain" and "Gutted," just to name a few. New bassist Towning fits in perfectly with the heavy and melodic bass riffs he lays down, singer Dez Fafara never lets up with his throat-shredding intensity, and the guitar riffs are fast and furious.

This is track after track of thrashing, grooving, head-banging heavy metal just the way you want it and done to perfection. Not a note is wasted and nothing is shocking -- it's just an album that begs to be played loud.
(www.napalmrecords.com)

 


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