Dez Fafara Of DevilDriver/Coal Chamber

DevilDriver Tap Testament’s Chuck Billy For Outlaw Country Covers Album, Coal Chamber’s Future Looks Grim


Another guest artist has been revealed for DevilDriver‘s upcoming outlaw country covers album, “Outlaws Till The End“, with Testament frontman Chuck Billy being the latest to sign on for the effort. DevilDriver vocalist Dez Fafara recently told Full Metal Jackie of the effort:

“…So look, we were shooting for the end of this year at fall time. That’s when we were just going to go in and do a cover record, outlaw country tunes, done our way, the way I always hear them, heavy as hell.

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But then I thought maybe two or three guests with me, some really close friends. And what I did was I put the word out to about 30 and now almost 25 of them came back and said, “Yeah, we’re in.” So this thing has been incredible.

This weekend alone I had Randy Blythe over from Lamb Of God playing “Whiskey River” and “Ghost Riders In The Sky” with John Carter Cash on that song with me. We did it at the Cascade in Memphis. Next week I’ve got Chuck Billy coming down to the house, so he’s been incredible and I cannot wait for people to hear this.”

Other guests previously mentioned for the album, which is expected out next year, include: Glenn Danzig, Lamb Of God‘s Mark Morton, John 5 of Rob Zombie and Lee Ving of Fear. In other news, Fafara previously revealed that Glenn Danzig encouraged him to integrate songs from Coal Chamber into DevilDriver‘s live shows.

While Fafara has mostly kept an open door policy in the press—sans some unspecified issues that need to be resolved—with Coal Chamber regarding any future releases/tours, it would seem that door is mostly closed. He told Jackie of the band’s touring during the end of their run supporting “Rivals“:

“At the end of that stint, I realized I don’t think we’re gonna tour ever again together and probably never going to make music together again. So, now do I just put those songs down for the rest of my life, the songs that I wrote? The songs that made me? The songs that people want to hear? No. I go do them, much like I’m doing the country thing, I do them how I’ve always heard them, which is two guitars, double bass kick drum. I’m hearing those songs even heavier and tighter than they are.

So it made me embrace it and say, “I’m not gonna run from this anymore.” So will we do it every tour? Probably not. There’s going to be select shows, select place where we’ll do three or four Coal Chamber songs. They’ve got to be the right ones. But once you hear “Loco” with two guitars and double kick and you hear it tight, you’re going to understand why I’m doing it.”

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