DevilDriver
The Last Kind Words


4.5
superb

Review

by Magnus Altkula STAFF
October 29th, 2009 | 96 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This is how modern metal should always be done

I will start my introduction to DevilDriver (and this album) with a quick overview: Coal Chamber lead-man Dez Fafara became fed up with CC, partially because of the conflicts inside the band, and partially because he wanted to engage in a band that would play a rougher style than Coal Chamber did. With tensions rising and relationships getting rougher and rougher day by day, Coal Chamber finally decided to call it quits in 2003. Shortly after Coal Chamber disbanded, Dez founded DevilDriver - a very heavy groove metal band. 4 albums through, Dez's decision has definitely proven to be a right one, as DevilDriver is something Coal Chamber never could have been. DevilDriver's music is fast, aggressive, technical, well-composed, and gripping. Now, I must admit that I haven't had the pleasure to listen to their debut yet, but all of their other albums (The Fury Of Our Maker's Hand; The Last Kind Words; Pray For Villains) have been nothing short of superb.

The Last Kind Words, DevilDriver's 2007 effort, is possibly the bands best record to date. It might not have that sinister vibe its predecessor, The Fury Of Our Maker's Hand, had, but that doesn't really matter, as The Last Kind Words incorporates everything that is good about DevilDriver. Very aggressive, even brutal, and at the same time technical guitar work, well-executed raspy vocals, gripping songs, and powerful drumming that keeps everything intact perfectly. Most notable of all though is the lead guitar work. From technically twisted bridges and fiercely shredded solos to chugging low sections, the lead guitar attack never stops and keeps things relentless till the final song, "The Axe Shall Fall". What's even more notable is, that it never becomes pretentious or overdone; on the contrary, it all sounds perfectly natural. And when Jeff Kendrick jumps in to counter Mike Spreitzer's lead guitar work with his groove injected chuggy riffs that are complimented by low-tuned, but firmly sounding bass licks, it's all pure ear orgasm.

What's even better, this album doesn't have a single weak song. Sure there are standouts, like the first single off this, titled "Clouds Over California", that has a great balance of brutality and catchiness, or "The Axe Shall Fall", which has many many different, diverse riffs throughout its runtime and ends in an almost jazzy manner, featuring only soft bass/snare drum hits, fading cymbal licks and distorted, foggy guitar-lines. But all in all, there isn't a single bad song on this album. The energy is relentless, the speed is always there, the riffs are always chugging in just the right manner, the drums are always pounding, and Dez is always screaming over, what could be called, an amazing pile of chaos.

So what is left to say about this record other than the fact it is modern metal done right? Not much in truth. The Last Kind Words is a heavy, even brutal modern metal record, and it is very hard to find a better album just to rock out to. Many sections that warrant headbanging, songs that just beg the listener to jump the *** up, mosh-worthy chugging, and all in all this record is great for thrashing out. I believe it's adequate to end this review now and I have only one message left. Dear readers, get the album, and GO FORTH AND HEADBANG.



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Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
October 29th 2009


8368 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

because this needed a better review

Ulsufyring
October 29th 2009


1724 Comments


dude dont start your intro with hyperbole

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
October 29th 2009


8368 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ok i see your point, i'll change that

TheSpirit
October 29th 2009


17883 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Probably their best album to date so far.

Digging: Wreodan Heahl - Laecig

Ulsufyring
October 29th 2009


1724 Comments


now you misspelled introduction dammit

shortone323
October 29th 2009


883 Comments


Good review. I've heard of this band but never really listened to them.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
October 29th 2009


8368 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

now you misspelled introduction dammit
hahahahahaha, sorry about that man

EDIT: ok i changed it


Ulsufyring
October 29th 2009


1724 Comments


yo i know you are from like estoninoinaoni and stuff but you're missin a lot of commas

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
October 29th 2009


8368 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ughh, dammnit, i'm at work atm, i'll proofread this in about lets say 30 minutes.

And yes, not work as in dayjob, work as in helping out a friend with his techical problems.

BassDemon333
October 29th 2009


3380 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Suprised to see you reviewed this album. Nice one, pos' from me. This album is awesome....first 2 tracks are where it's at though.

Clouds Over California rules.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
October 29th 2009


8368 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ok, you were right Ulsufyring, there were many comma mistakes. Shows that proofreading is always necessary before posting (mostly I always proofread, but this time I kind of thought what the hell, I'll just post it and fix if there are any complaints about something).

So yeah, this has been fixed now.

PoetandthePendulum2
October 29th 2009


16 Comments


Clouds Over California will always be one of my favorite metal songs.

pizzamachine
October 29th 2009


12571 Comments


"GO FORTH AND HEADBANG"

Amen brotha.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
October 29th 2009


8368 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

damn straight haha

jingledeath
October 29th 2009


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Pos'd, good album haven't listened to it in a while though and did you know Dez's son provided guest vocals on one of the songs (Tirades of Truth, I think) and he was only 9-10 at the time haha

KILL3
October 29th 2009


601 Comments


nice review dont like this band

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
October 29th 2009


8368 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

haha, cool fact, and no, i didn't know this Irad.

Thanks KILL (3), although care to explain why this doesn't appeal to you? I don't really see how it wouldn't.

KILL3
October 29th 2009


601 Comments


i find them boring as hell thats all

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
October 29th 2009


8368 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

too bad, your loss, these guys are excellent ;)

KILL3
October 29th 2009


601 Comments


i dont lose anything for passing on generic metal! i prefer generic thrash metal!



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