Released date: October 28th, 2003
Genre: Nu-Metal/Groove Metal
Country: United States
Label: Roadrunner Records
Releasing a facile extreme metal offering is not really that bad. There are bands out there in the scene who tend to keep every element on their releases unsophisticated, yet they are successful in delivering a good output that the audiences would dig. After all, you don’t always need loads of varied elements in your record just to impress the crowd. Uncluttered metal music, brewed relevantly with the right amount of decent elements, sometimes work more satisfactorily than being flashy. Unfortunately for DevilDriver, they fall under the ranks of those who cannot administer an unblemished debut release.
DevilDriver is a band that I never heard of until the year 2005. That year they released their second studio album “The Fury of Our Maker’s Hand“, and someone recommended it to me, thus I stumbled on their material. The album was worth the listen, so I decided to track down more materials from the band. Then I came to dig their debut eponymous record, “DevilDriver“. As much as I was convinced with their sophomore album, their debut failed to amazed me.
This debut album will offer you nothing with its miserably composed song structure. It pretty much carries a poor cliché of nu-metal elements fused with a soupçon of post-thrash features. Certainly the guitars are chaotically down tuned, like the most bland that bands playing under their class does. Plus you won’t hear any dignified solos in here, because there is really none in present. It’s all just a loud guitar battle between the duo of Jeff Kendrick and Evan Pitts. They are both clearly just trying to out play each other as booming as they can, to try and make an impression, but disastrously they did not.
Jon Miller‘s bass work in here is somewhat exceedingly laxed. It was lethargically presented and it made no indication of being there all throughout the whole 40 minutes of the record. As for the drum section, it is tremendously insipid and uninspired. John Boecklin‘s execution is so non-complex that it led to the degree where it did not bore the ability to even get the listeners out of the state of being bored to this abomination of a release.
Oh, and I almost forgot about the audibly bumbling performance of Dez Fafara behind the mic. His vocal display was entirely obnoxious, in view of the fact that it sounded merely stilted and strained. The overall product of the guitars, bass, drum, and vocal staging had put together an extremely lame introductory album. The only good thing about this offering is that it made DevilDriver realized that they need to drop the nu-metal traits on their music and just stick with the neo-thrash/post-thrash section. Propitiously, they found an improvement and a little success with their sophomore as they eradicated the aggro-metal nature on their style.
So there you have it folks. DevilDriver‘s self-titled debut is in every way weak and feeble. Though the band would go on and continue to released unremarkable records, this first studio full-length is conceivably the most pathetic that they had created.