DevilDriver - Beast


7.5 | 188 votes |
Release date: 22 February 2011
Style: Melodic death metal, Groove thrash metal

Owners:

197 have it
24 want it


01. Dead To Rights
02. Bring The Fight (To The Floor)
03. Hardened
04. Shitlist
05. Talons Out (Teeth Sharpened)
06. You Make Me Sick
07. Coldblooded
08. Blur
09. The Blame Game
10. Black Soul Choir [16 Horsepower cover]
11. Crowns Of Creation
12. Lend Myself To The Night

Special edition bonus tracks:
13. Lost
14. Fortune Favors The Brave
15. Grinfucked [live]
+ You May Know Us From The Stage [Documentary]

Staff review by
Troy Killjoy
Rating:
5.0
Dez Fafara has done just about everything he can with Devildriver in order to separate his name from Coal Chamber. For those of you who aren't aware, that was his nu metal project that lasted about a decade before meeting its end in 2003, and death metal purists have been riding this guy ever since. Not that this is a death metal band. Devildriver are a heavily groove-influenced thrash/metalcore-ish outfit. Ya, kinda hard to pigeonhole, but it's easier than trying to come up with some new genre.

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published 16.11.2011 | Comments (36)

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24.12.2010 - 14:43
Stay (sic)
Hope this album Has some of the melodies in pray for villans, but the aggression of Fury of Our Makers hand,Can't Wait!<3
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25.01.2011 - 04:11
machinefucknhead
The -dead to rights- track sounds sick as...hope its not the best track theyve got though!
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SCREAM WITH ME!
BLEED WITH ME!
SEETHE WITH ME!.............SING WITH ME!!!!!!!!!!!!
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03.02.2011 - 18:38
Angelic Storm
Melodious
Just finished listening to this, and was thoroughly impressed, and pleasantly surprised! xD It's a tightly wound, whirling dervish of an album with sonically devestating songs (overall) and stellar musicianship. Definitely very far removed from what Dez used to do in his days with Coal Chamber. lol
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03.02.2011 - 18:52
Baz Anderson
Written by Angelic Storm on 03.02.2011 at 18:38

Definitely very far removed from what Dez used to do in his days with Coal Chamber. lol

They pretty much have been since 2005 or 2007 though...
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03.02.2011 - 19:00
Angelic Storm
Melodious
Written by Baz Anderson on 03.02.2011 at 18:52
They pretty much have been since 2005 or 2007 though...


True, but "Beast" is a bit more extreme overall than any of their previous albums. More death metal in tone definitely. There is still melody, but it's used much more sparingly, and the riffing is very upfront and in your face. Its also very intricate at times. Ive always liked Devildriver, though they've definitely gone up a gear or two with this one! xD
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04.02.2011 - 06:03
Rating: 8
BenWasHere
This album is infinitely better than Pray For Villains.
it leaked.
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05.02.2011 - 09:29
Rating: 7
BudDa
I am currently listening to it and am impressed. Good album this one...
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Freeze! Step away from the hubris.
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06.02.2011 - 21:03
FreddeSwede
It's a good album, but nothing more...in my opinion. I was hoping to use words like "great" or "awesome" but unfortunately I can't. I'm sure they will draw big crowds to their shows, and they'll surely give the paying kids their moneys worth. 7/10 is my grade.
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23.02.2011 - 22:08
Rating: 5
Enemy of Reality
It's heavy and agressive, but in the end, nothing really stands out.
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26.02.2011 - 20:09
Rating: 9
Hellchain666
This is an amazing album. Devildriver have definitely stepped up their game since 'Pray for Villains'. All tracks are good to amazing. Stand out tracks include Blur, Shitlist, Hardened and The Blame Game
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26.02.2011 - 21:18
Rating: 8
Ag Fox
Angel No More
Opened up to me a bit more upon second listen. Definitely better than whatever they did in 2009

EDIT: actually, I'm finding it really good now XD
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05.03.2011 - 02:04
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
This is just...ugh. I tried, but it really didn't leave any mark on me whatsoever. Better than Pray for Villains though.
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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05.03.2011 - 07:04
Javier__00
Was this band really metal? I wonder..
wish i could rate this but i dont want to waste my money lol
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06.03.2011 - 01:41
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by Javier__00 on 05.03.2011 at 07:04

Was this band really metal? I wonder..
wish i could rate this but i dont want to waste my money lol

I'd say they're a mix of groove/thrash and metalcore - definitely metal though. Just, in my opinion, not good this time around.
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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06.03.2011 - 03:37
Rating: 8
Ag Fox
Angel No More
Written by Troy Killjoy on 05.03.2011 at 02:04

This is just...ugh. I tried, but it really didn't leave any mark on me whatsoever. Better than Pray for Villains though.
I felt the same on my first go, but by the third time I think it's really good not that anyone is forcing you to like it anyway!
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loves 小巫
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23.03.2011 - 16:17
Rating: 7
BudDa
Flashes of brilliant but the material is weak, jaded and sometimes annoying
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Freeze! Step away from the hubris.
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19.05.2011 - 10:53
Rating: 8
Paradox0
Unasuming Madnes
I have to say this is one of those surprisingly good albums...sort of. The first half of the album just feels uturly directionless and seems to be to me at least that they are trying to portray some kind of chaos by throwing in these almost advantegardesque guitar leads which just seem very unconnected with anything else. This wouldn't be so bad if they were trying to consistently do this, but sinstead seem confused whether they want to be experimental, heavy, loud, or catchy and it just comes off as a big mess. Although "Shitlist" does show what the second half of the album is going to be like it isn't really the greatest song.
However just when the album seems to be outliving its welcome "Black Soul Choir" pops up. Surpsingly this is a cover but if I was given a side by side listen to this and the orignal without knowing one is a cover, I just wouldn't be able to tell the difference. The rest of the album from this point is actually pretty good and surprisingly epic for Devildriver at times. The ambitious guitar leads from before actually work in these songs, although they still are not perfect.
It seems Dez has returned to his formula of Devildriver's debut and seems to just repeating the same phrase over and over like he is Max Calvera. Surprisingly it doesn't really ruin any of the songs (especially the better ones) but it is pretty notable and kind of detracts from the album in an after-thought kind of way.
However this albums ambition (as Devildriver seems to consistently show in each album) seems to be a manifestation of Dez's desire to break his music away from popular, if not critically lauded genres and be seen as something serious.
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26.05.2011 - 16:44
Rating: 5
Dangerboner
:D
Wow, this is worse than I expected. It's so formulaic and generic
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18.09.2011 - 20:50
Rating: 9
Swamphell
In the beginning i didn't like it at all but some day i felt that i need to lsn to some anger ,noise & Groove and i find this album on my way and after that day i liked this album
and btw they have a lot of Groove elements in their songs ..
Is alternative Melodic Death = Groove ?!!!!
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08.04.2012 - 19:42
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by Swamphell on 18.09.2011 at 20:50
Is alternative Melodic Death = Groove ?!!!!

Late response, but no. Groove metal is a thrash sub-genre, which places emphasis on - you guessed it - groove. It's all about the riffs.

Pantera's "Walk" and Lamb of God's "Hourglass" are good examples of groove metal.
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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