DevilDriver have today revealed ‘Iona’, the second track from their hotly anticipated Dealing With Demons dual album project, the first volume of which – Dealing With Demons I – arrives on 9th October via Napalm Records.
“Iona”‘s anthemic chorus line, “She carries a black rose…” lures the listener into a chilling ghost story. Watch the heart-gripping music video, directed by Vicente Cordero below.
Representing the onset of a final purging of themes that have long possessed frontman Dez Fafara and DevilDriver’s music, each track on Dealing With Demons I illustrates a different demon to be dealt with, or released. The album’s lead track, “Keep Away From Me” features a thought-provoking video addressing current world events.
About “Iona”, frontman Dez Fafara tells us:
“Iona” is unlike any other DevilDriver song we’ve put out. From the frantic verses to the haunting chorus, this song is another move forward to push our sound and the listener’s ears into the fray! The chorus, “she carries a black rose, effigy from a story closed”, tells the story of the long dead ghost of Iona and her obsession with death represented by the black roses in her hands – each one the soul of someone she’s taken from this life on a lonely dark road, assimilating their souls into black roses, which she carries for eternity.
This theme relates to myself and Dealing With Demons in that, often times, we as people have a hard time “letting go” of things. This can be applied to relationships, death, and so on. Iona carrying the black roses symbolizes her inability to move on – always seeking revenge. The past is exactly that – the past – it’s important to let go and not be stuck in a perpetual loop of living in it.
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