DevilDriver
Trust No One


3.5
great

Review

by Chamberbelain CONTRIBUTOR (209 Reviews)
May 14th, 2016 | 74 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: DevilDriver make another DevilDriver album.

As we bow our heads in declaration that the New Wave Of American Heavy Metal is as good as done we must also raise a glass in admiration of those few bands in the movement that still remain. The movement itself was such an important phase for heavy music. Not only did it bring throaty singers and abrasive instrumentation into the mainstream but it also birthed the next generation of artists like Machine Head and Lamb of God that, while not as popularly, will eventually fill the shoes of pioneers such as Metallica.

Dez Fafara’s second son, Devildriver are such a band that have battled through the ages of the NWOAHM and still come out strong but their hardest challenge comes in the shape of their seventh album, “Trust No One”. It’s the first album that marks the departure of songwriter and guitarist Jeff Kendrick as well as drummer John Boeklin back in 2014, not to mention the recent reformation of Dez’s firstborn band: Coal Chamber. Despite this, Dez has assured us that the energy levels of Devildriver are at an all time high. However, can we trust him"

First impressions always count and luckily for Devildriver, they always create awesome opening tracks to an album. You’ve got “Pray For Villains” (Pray For Villains), “End Of The Line” (Fury Of the Maker’s Hand) and “Dead To Rights” (Beast) just to name a few but every album they have realised always has had an eruptive entrance that sets the unabashed tone of the following songs. And now we can add ‘Testimony of Truth’ to the list. “Trust No One” starts with vicious blast beats and alarming grooves that give way to Dez’s typical snarls. The belligerent tone is continued on ‘Bad Deeds’ where the guitars almost create a wall of aggressive sound beneath the hard-hitting chorus and Dez officially ditches the guyliner from his Coal Chamber restoration and sees nothing but red in the monstrous ‘Daybreak’ that also delivers a tasty dish of crushing grooves and shattering drums.

You could argue that “Trust No One” is a solid and imposing album that is bursting with authoritative atmosphere and you’d be right. But when listening to the album you can’t help but feel Devildriver are playing it safe here. The title track and songs like ‘This Deception’ are fast and hostile tracks, and the lyrical content of both songs are clearly aimed at something so deceitful that has provoked the band to this violent nature, however it just sounds customarily chaotic- as if it's just become unsurprising. The album as a whole basically sounds like another Devildriver album; the latter track even seems to nick some lyrics and melodies from their past work.

Amongst this feeling of predictable expectancy, Devildriver do introduce a number of experimental moments in “Trust No One”. These features largely take the form of interludes in songs such as ‘My Night Sky’ and ‘Above it All’. The former includes menacingly eerie guitars and the latter is a straightforward groove metal track but has some odd break in it that stops all momentum Devildriver have built thus far. The album closer, ’For What It’s Worth’, also incorporates a forgiving guitar tone- which is a first for such a ruthless band.

God Forbid, Chimaira, Bleeding Through and Shadows Fall are no longer and bands such as All That Remains are digging their own graves, Devildriver endure. The music on “Trust No One” is the reason why they endure but it's also quite simply the Devildriver album you've already heard.



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MoosechriS
May 14th 2016


6352 Comments


Last thing i bought from these dudes was beast, it was an alright record but the band just seemed on autopilot. This sounds like it won't be any different tbh

EasterInTheBatcave
May 14th 2016


311 Comments


DevilDriver appears to be a band that repeats themselves over and over and, with so much other new music out there, I probably won't bother getting this.

zaruyache
May 14th 2016


20526 Comments


Machine Head and LoG were around looooooong before that metalcore NWoAHM fad was a thing


Lord(e)Po)))ts
May 14th 2016


41657 Comments


rofl people listen to this band still

bet u guys are gonna cop that new hatebreed too lmao

Digging: Edyth - Bare II

Lord(e)Po)))ts
May 14th 2016


41657 Comments


somewhere right now Willie is having the best week in music of 2016

deadrisingx1
May 14th 2016


80 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It's a step up from Winter Kills. That album had its good moments, but it felt like something was missing. Also, this is just a personal opinion, but I absolutely hated that Awolnation cover. Not because of how they covered it though, the song is just awful on its own.

cleanpeter
May 14th 2016


121 Comments


dl on the strengthing of that artwork

LotusFlower
May 14th 2016


12001 Comments


Album art is quite the masterwork.

Snake.
May 14th 2016


21500 Comments


didn't know people were still making nu metal

LotusFlower
May 14th 2016


12001 Comments


its the one genre that refuses to realize it died

KILL
May 14th 2016


81233 Comments


there will always be tards to dig tard metal i dont blame em truckin on m/

InFlamesWeThrash666
May 14th 2016


8787 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

false metal m/

Digging: Aephanemer - Prokopton

Hellscythe
May 14th 2016


3420 Comments


these guys are more like a mix of groove metal and melodeath than nu-metal imo

The Fury of Our Maker's Hand and The Last Kind Words were fun albums but everything they've done since has been so bland that I don't think I'll even bother with this

Tunaboy45
May 14th 2016


16708 Comments


this band just epitomises bland

zaruyache
May 14th 2016


20526 Comments


outside of the first album, they're as much nu metal as Chaosphere era Meshuggah was.

Mystletainn
May 14th 2016


4050 Comments


this band is like a bad joke

Lord(e)Po)))ts
May 14th 2016


41657 Comments


album art is so awful

Lord(e)Po)))ts
May 14th 2016


41657 Comments


woah i get it its a wolf in sheeps clothing woooooah

Lord(e)Po)))ts
May 14th 2016


41657 Comments


fucking brilliant

LotusFlower
May 14th 2016


12001 Comments


http://i.imgur.com/z8mSABC.jpg

id 5 it if this was the album art



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