After a brief dalliance with his older project Coal Chamber, Dez Fafara is back with a new release from DevilDriver. I’ve seen and covered both bands before, and love that he has two projects which differ so much musically, but you often worry in situations like this that one project will overshadow the other. Stepping off to work with another group of people might adversely affect the main project, attention can wander and so on.
For DevilDriver fans out there, let me put your minds at ease… Trust No One is a superb album. Heavy, packed with groove and absolutely overflowing with brilliant riffs and brutality. I don’t have a lot of patience for new releases simply as we have so many of them and I have little time to they have to catch my ear pretty quickly. Trust No One probably did this more quickly than anything else I’ve heard over the last couple of months.
I already pretty much liked the track released last month, “Daybreak”. With its Ministry-esque roaring intro leading to a pounding beat and high-end clean riffs in the background of the chorus, plus a quality solo it gives a good overall impression of the style of music you can expect on Trust No One – but still isn’t the best track.
Opener “Testimony of Truth” certainly pushes, if not betters it. With a more melodic intro, it has the tone of a track that could kick in as a band walks out on stage before launching into the start of a full live show (upcoming dates listed below, by the way). Multiple vocals add depth, but its Dez’s which are the focus of this monster of a track. “Bad Deeds” has more of a groove to it before it periodically hits breakneck speed, and “Above It All” is similar – with a few little tweaks it could pass for a Machine Head song from 15 years ago. Coming from me, that’s very much a compliment!
“My Night Sky” offers a brief respite with a more creepy opening and overall is quite an atmospheric song which builds and builds before dropping a ton of heavy on your head from a great height. The title track has a fantastic intro riff – belting drums overlaid and intertwined with chunky yet flowing guitars. This riff is re-introduced as a pre-chorus with a drop in tuning then reappears in all its glory during the chorus proper. It’s a fine choice of title track, though there are maybe three others that could also have deserved this status.
DevilDriver have opted to go out on a high with “For What It’s Worth” as the final track. Combining an intense aural blast with an intro designed to make you look over your shoulder in case the bad guy from a horror film is stalking you, it’s a fitting end to a very strong collection of songs.
I apologise to those waiting for reviews I have promised this week. Blame Trust No One as it’s on heavy repeat and taking up time I should be spending listening to more new stuff!
Top tracks: Testimony of Truth, Daybreak, Trust No One
Trust No One is out on May 13th
Live Dates (supporting Ministry):
16.08.2016 UK – Cardiff / Tramshed
17.08.2016 UK – Glasgow / O2 ABC
18.08.2016 UK – Birmingham / O2 Institute
19.08.2016 UK – Manchester / O2 Ritz
20.08.2016 UK – London / O2 Forum Kentish Town