Release Date: Aug 27, 2013
Record label: Napalm Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal, Speed/Thrash Metal
Review Summary: It is smooth sailing for DevilDriver on their sixth studio albumWinter Kills is a highly polarizing record. On one hand it is a clear improvement over the inconsistent Beast whilst also serving as a delightfully destructive force, yet on the other it seems to lack that special spark that put records like The Fury of Our Maker’s Hand and The Last Kind Words over the top. Winter Kills is still distinctively DevilDriver – John Boecklin (drums), Mike Spreitzer (guitar), Jeff Kendrick (guitar) and new boy Chris Towning (bass) wreak controlled chaos like DevilDriver always have, while Dez Fafara is very much his old self: you either love or hate his cookie monster vocals and blue-collar lyrics.
Their sixth album, Winter Kills, finds DevilDriver returning with another album of pounding heavy metal. Always looking to push the envelope, the band makes sure to keep up the intensity, delivering an album that seems hell-bent on grinding the listener to a pulp under the weight of its relentless heaviness. With all of the power and aggression that fans have come to expect from the band, Winter Kills delivers more of the sonic destruction DevilDriver have developed a knack for lately.
Canadians are used to the idea that weather can be a hostile, even deadly force. Although they hail from Santa Barbara, CA, melodic death metal pugilists Devildriver have also come to grips with the fact that winter is not just a season of holiday cheer, but a grasping, vicious, bloodthirsty time capable of ravenously devouring life. Winter Kills is their sixth studio album (and first featuring new bassist Chris Towning).