Review: DevilDriver – Beast

Rated:

4/5

From start to finish, Beast is a return to form for DevilDriver, delivering their patented mix of pummeling and soaring melodic death metal soaked in a healthy vat of groove. The Santa Barbara quintet’s fifth outing is a relentless and brutal mauling to the ear hole. The opener “Dead to Rights” immediately grabs you by the skull and drags you straight into the pit where 11 other tracks are chomping at the bit to kick your sorry ass. Standout tracks from this ragtag mix of angry and soul-ripping anthems include the blistering “Shitlist,” the scathing “Coldblooded,” and the earthquaking “You Make Me Sick.” Most surprising is their hauntingly brutal cover of 16 Horsepower’s alt-country tune “Black Soul Choir,” easily one of the best songs on this unforgettable and full throttle record. The musicianship is relentless, sharp, and some of the best this band has recorded. From the bowels of hell, DevilDriver has unleashed a “Beast” that will leave a trail of bloody scars and broken bones wherever it may roam. JEREMY BORJON


  • Lola Lucifera

    sounds brutal m/

  • Lola Lucifera

    sounds brutal m/

  • Lola Lucifera

    sounds brutal m/

  • Lola Lucifera

    sounds brutal m/

  • Lola Lucifera

    sounds brutal m/

  • Lola Lucifera

    sounds brutal m/

  • Lola Lucifera

    sounds brutal m/

  • Lola Lucifera

    sounds brutal m/

  • Altarusthetraveler

    DevilDriver is not Melodic Death Metal. Good review though.

  • Guest

    smashing my skull with it now – thanks for reminding me to check it out !

  • josh

    great record. Really groovy, but def keeping a death metal vibe also. The drumming keeps getting better and better on each album. Great cymbal work, and tom usage. DevilDriver are prooving themselves worthy of calling themselves metal gods, and this album is furthuring that statement.

  • Eli

    i love this album because finally a band that’s been around for a while releases an all out bonecrushing heavy record the whole way through. They don’t attempt to show you that they still have their brutal side by dishing out 3 or 4 crusher tracks, they’re all in your face songs which has something to be said for. The lyric that basically sums up the whole album is “I don’t know you but i fucking hate you”! That just about says it all.

  • keenan

    chomping at the bit to kick your ass bullshit. this record is a nuke so big and powerful that if you just look at it you blow up.DEVILDRIVER you fucking show how real music is played fuck ya

  • Johnny

    DevilDriver is Melodic Death Metal jackass

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessicka-Graves/100000804467483 Jessicka Graves

    I loved Devildriver’s first two albums, The Last Kind Words was awful, Pray for Villains wasn’t much better, but Beast did somewhat recover them in my eyes – However, The Fury remains their best album. Beast does reveal that Dez is still not too great at writing lyrics, but the album was a breath of fresh air after those years of just two terrible CD’s.