Sunday, October 2, 2011

Post #212: DevilDriver

***Opening for Arch Enemy, 
Monday, October 3rd, at First Avenue***

Most people would agree with me that MTV has taken a big step away from actually playing music. As much as I enjoyed watching Rob & Big, this departure is disappointing to say the least.

With that being said, over the last few years, MTV still had it's moments. Unfortunately, they took place between 3 and 4 AM. I am referring of course to Headbanger's Ball.  What started off as an actual show with a host dedicated to metal, morphed into just a time slot for metal videos, ultimately in July becoming an online-only show.

Headbanger's Ball introduced me to so many metal artists that are in my playlist today: In Flames, God Forbid, Arch Enemy, and the band that will be their opening act tomorrow at First Avenue, Devildriver.

Fronted by Dez Fafara, they formed in 2002, right around the time Dez's other band, Coal Chamber, was calling it quits.  Initially their name was Deathride, but due to copyright issues had to change their name.  They settled on Devildriver which refers to a bell that Italian witches use to drive evil spirits away, 

"End of the Line" was my first introduction to Devildriver, and is the opening track on their second release, The Fury of Our Maker's Hand.

Since then, they have released 3 more albums, including Beast, which came out in February of this year, which is where you will find "Dead to Rights", another opening track.

One thing Devildriver is known for is their ability to create massive mosh pits, which can be seen in the above video taken at the 2007 Download Festival in England.  It will be interesting to see how they fit all of that energy into First Avenue.  I will have my camera at the ready.  Maybe I should bring a mouthguard as well.

Please support this artist!!!


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