US alternative melodic death metallers Devildriver's bassist Aaron "Bubble" Patrick has been hospitalized with pneumonia, which will force him to miss the start of the band's Metal Alliance Tour in North America with The Faceless, Dying Fetus, Job For A Cowboy, 3 Inches Of Blood, Impending Doom and Wretched. Chris Towning, who played with Patrick in Bury Your Dead, will fill in for him while he is recovering.
US metallers Devildriver are already in the process of writing their sixth album, according to guitarist Jeff Kendrick, who issued the following update on his personal twitter account: "Mike Spreitzer (guitar), John Boecklin (drums) and myself have begun the process of writing the 6th Devildriver album! Excited to get going!"
The new album will be the follow-up to 2011's Beast.
Devildriver guitarist Mike Spreitzer is sitting out the band's South American tour after suffering a seizure, but he issued the following update on his condition today:
"Hey everybody. Thank you all so much for your concern. It means so much to me. I'm doing okay and I'm back home.
I'm not sure why, but I had a seizure in a Rite Aid while I was picking up a few last-minute items for our South American tour. I collapsed and hit my head fairly hard. But the good news is all the test results and CAT scan came back negative. So I've been ordered to rest and stay home. I'll be up and running for the next tour with Arch Enemy.
I'm so upset that I can't go to South America. I was so excited.
Arch Enemy has announced its return to North America via a headlining run on the MetalSucks and Full Metal Jackie Present: North American Khaos 2011 tour, set to kick off in September. The North American leg of Arch Enemy's world tour will kick off in Baltimore on September 8th, and features an all-star cast of Devildriver, Skeletonwitch and Chthonic in support.
Said vocalist Angela Gossow: "We pledge to the United States of America and its beautiful neighbor Canada that we will only bring the utmost heavy metal 'Khaos' to your shores! We can't wait to kick off this tour come September. After all the European summer festivals, we are ready to fire!"
Added guitarist Michael Amott: "We are very happy to be coming back to the US and Canada hot on the heels of our new Khaos Legions opus! We're working on a special set list and some other surprises. We chose the other bands on the bill because they are all killer, and bring their own terrifying brand of brutal steel! Yes, good times lie ahead for the metal connoisseur of North America!"
US groove metallers Devildriver are working on a cover of Metallica's "Holier Than Thou" for a special tribute to Metallica's self-titled classic album.
Last week the band updated their Facebook wall as follows: "DevilDriver is recording Metallica's "Holier Than Thou" for a 20th anniversary Black Album tribute! Drums were done yesterday (Tuesday, June 7th) and guitars start today (Wednesday, June 8th)!"
Some studio footage of the undertaking can be watched over at Blabbermouth.
More details regarding this anniversary release to follow.
Get ready South America! Devildriver is heading your way this August in support of their latest album Beast. This marks the first time in over 5 years DevilDriver has visited South America! Get the dates below.
Devildriver bassist Jonathan Miller has departed from the band.
Miller released the following statement: "I just wanted to thank all of the DevilDriver fans around the world for their die-hard love and support for the past 9 years. Yesterday, I decided to leave DevilDriver. It was the most difficult decision of my life but it is something that I needed to do for myself. I had the best times of my life hanging out with all of you guys but it is time for me to move on."
According to Blabbermouth Miller announced at the end of last year that "the drugs and alcohol" "finally caught up" with him after spending the bulk of the last decade on the road with Devildriver. He added that "the damage catching up with mentally and physically" and that he was going to enter "an intense rehabilitation program" in January "in order for to reclaim health and the person who once was." He also stressed that he needed "to make a change so that save own life and keep the friends that still left."
Danzig has lined up a spring North American headlining tour in support of the band's latest album, Deth Red Sabaoth. Support on the trek will come from Devildriver and 2Cents.
Danzig + Devildriver:
Apr. 29 - Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues
Apr. 30 - Ventura, CA - Ventura Theatre
May 02 - Salt Lake City, UT - Great Salt Air
May 03 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theatre
May 04 - Kansas City, MO - Voodoo
May 06 - Austin, TX - Stubb's Bar-B-Q
May 07 - Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street
May 09 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock
May 10 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage
May 11 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
May 13 - Richmond, VA - The National
May 14 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
May 15 - Albany, NY - Northern Lights
"Bring The Fight (To The Floor)", a brand-new track from US groove metal act Devildriver, has been made available for streaming, exclusively at Revolver Magazine.
Another new song, called "Coldblooded", can still be streamed at this location.
"Bring The Fight (To The Floor)" and "Coldblooded" come off the band's upcoming new album Beast, which will be released worldwide on February 22nd, 2011 through Roadrunner Records. More album details were previously reported over here.
UPDATED, on 06.02.2011 (Thanks to Kriegsphilosoph)
"Talons Out (Teeth Sharpened)", another brand-new song from US metallers Devildriver, is available for streaming at this location.
"Dead To Rights", the new video from US metallers Devildriver, can be viewed at MetalSucks (or at this location on Youtube).
"Dead To Rights" comes off the band's forthcoming album, entitled Beast, which will be released worldwide on February 22nd, 2011 through Roadrunner Records. More details about were previously reported over here.
Devildriver announced today the release of their forthcoming fifth album, Beast. Beast was produced by Mark Lewis (All That Remains, Trivium, The Black Dahlia Murder) and will hit retail via longtime label Roadrunner Records on February 22, 2011.
While many bands in the modern era are already withering away by their second album and have shriveled up and died by their third, DevilDriver have proven to mutate, growing stronger, deadlier and more immortal with each successive release. Beast, which follows 2009's Pray For Villains, finds the band refusing to compromise in their mission to deliver music that will make you feel as though you were slapped upside the head with a baseball bat. The band recorded 14 songs during the Beast sessions, with 11 or 12 tracks expected to make the final cut. Some song titles are as follows: "Dead to Rights," "Hardened," "Bring The Fight (To the Floor)," "Shitlist," "Talons Out (Teeth Sharpened)," "Blur," "You Make Me Sick (Sacred Secrets)," "The Blame Game," "Coldblooded, "Crowns Of Creation" and "Lend Myself to the Night."
"Another Night In London", the new video from US metallers Devildriver, can be viewed at this location. The clip was directed by Daniel Burke and contains performance footage that was shot in October 2009 in London, England during Devildriver's lastest European headlining tour.
"Another Night In London" comes off the band's latest album, Pray For Villains, which was released on July 2009 via Roadrunner Records.