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DevilDriver To Release First Half Of “Dealing With Demons” Double Album In October, Debut “Keep Away From Me”


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An October 09th release date has been set for the first half of DevilDriver‘s forthcoming double album, “Dealing With Demons“. Napalm Records will be issuing that first installment, which has been titled “Dealing With Demons I“.

The band’s guitarist Mike Spreitzer co-produced the outing alongside Steve Evetts (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Every Time I Die). The group wrapped recording both halves of the effort this past January. Speaking of the direction of the album, frontman Dez Fafara stated:

“It’s time to lay it all out, on two records. I’m never gonna revisit these subjects again. I’ve been writing about this sort of human nature, disloyalty and dishonesty, love and loss, since the beginning of my career. I am going in a more lyrically woke direction in the future. A lot of people say my music gives them strength.

But what they don’t realize is that these topics haunt me. Over the course of these last few years we fled from wildfires, my wife battled cancer and now we are going through a pandemic… so it is what it is… let’s dump it all on the table and purge. I want to go through different topics in the future, so here we are now. I’ve laid it all out on a double record for all of you to hear.”

He also touched upon the eventual second half of the set:

“Volume two will get into some very heavy topics as well. You’ll see the band progress even further musically as we finish this ode to the purge of all things Demonic.”

Notably Fafara‘s son Simon (you can see him in action here) will be guesting on the track “You Give Me A Reason To Drink“. Pre-orders for the album are available here. A video for the first single, “Keep Away From Me” can be found below with Dez having the following to say of it:

“I’ve been social distancing since I was born. I’ve learned to try and embrace my Agoraphobia all my life. This is what the lyrics are about as we are all sheltered in place. They seem very clear. Now is not the time bands should shy away from the obvious by trying to push the narrative through their art as if everything is alright with the world and ‘it’s metal video visual as usual time’, as it is clearly NOT that time.

We as artists should speak up, inspire and change lives, or paint a picture – a time capsule if you will – by the narrative we push in uncertain times. This video is one such art piece as my band and thousands of others are forced into quarantine – cannot rehearse, take photos, or perform – to make a music video for the very people that have supported us for years.

It’s trying times for the world and my outlook through this video is simply this: ‘here’s what we are going through as a family on this planet and as we embrace what is yet to come… please Stand Together’.”

Dealing With Demons I” tracklisting:

01 – “Keep Away From Me
02 – “Vengeance Is Clear
03 – “Nest Of Vipers
04 – “Iona
05 – “Wishing
06 – “You Give Me A Reason To Drink” (feat. Simon Blade Fafara)
07 – “Witches
08 – “Dealing With Demons
09 – “The Damned Don’t Cry
10 – “Scars Me Forever

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