DevilDriver

Genres: Heavy Metal
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Decades: 2000s
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Biography

Formed in 2003 in Santa Barbara, California by Dez Fafara (12 May 1967, USA; vocals) and Evan Pitts (guitar), this US heavy metal band received greater critical acceptance than Fafara’s former band, the much-maligned Coal Chamber. The music on DevilDriver’s self-titled debut album paid testament to Fafara’s wish to indulge in the more extreme side of the rock scene, drawing on black and thrash metal in a genre loosely dubbed ‘groove metal’. Jeff Kendrick (guitar), Jon Miller (bass) and John Boecklin (drums) completed the line-up on the 2003 Roadrunner Records release, but critical reaction was muted.

A series of well-received tour slots helped establish DevilDriver’s profile and tighten up their sound. Their 2005 follow-up, The Fury Of Our Maker’s Hand, was a far more accomplished recording than the debut, with the band sounding less hesitant and driving home their metal credibility on a succession of...

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