Photo Credit: Jeremy Saffer
After much anticipation from fans, groove metal kings DEVILDRIVER will finally drop their 10th album and the second instalment of their Dealing With Demons saga, Dealing With Demons Vol. II, which dropped Friday 12th May via Napalm Records. In celebration of this week’s release, the band has revealed the album’s unrelenting final pre-release single, entitled ‘This Relationship, Broken’. The riff-laden album closer lands as one of the collection’s most breakneck-paced anthems – with erratic drums, aggressive riffs and a charged performance from celebrated frontman Dez Fafara.
“‘This Relationship, Broken’ explores the severance that happens between two long time partners when they leave each other after years of turmoil.” States Fafara.
As DEVILDRIVER enter their third decade with nine full-length albums, countless international tours and worldwide renown, they prove more resilient than ever. As the world was upended in 2020, iconic groove metal leaders DEVILDRIVER didn’t pause, releasing the highly-acclaimed first piece of their two-part Dealing With Demons saga, Dealing With Demons I. Now, as society emerges more hardened and determined than before, so does Dealing With Demons Vol. II.
The new album represents celebrated frontman Dez Fafara’s psyche and the final purging of his demons that have long haunted the band’s music. Once again produced and engineered by Steve Evetts with additional engineering from guitarist Mike Spreitzer, Dealing With Demons Vol. II is inarguably heavier and relentlessly harsher than its predecessor.
International media mainstays like Metal Hammer, Kerrang!, Revolver and Consequence lauded Dealing With Demons I, which debuted at #4 on the US Current Hard Music Albums Chart. Blabbermouth stated, “If the second half of this mammoth endeavour matches the first, this will be remembered as a pivotal moment in the DEVILDRIVER story.” Rest assured, Dealing With Demons Vol. II doubles down on the brutality – and then some!
If there is any question as to whether DEVILDRIVER is slowing down any time soon, Dealing With Demons Vol. II proves that 20 years into their career, even with their demons in tow – they move forward at the forefront of metal.
Dealing With Demons Vol. II track listing:
1. I Have No Pity
3. Nothing Lasts Forever
5. Through the Depths
7. It’s A Hard Truth
8. If Blood Is Life
9. This Relationship, Broken
Dez Fafara – Vocals
Mike Spreitzer – Guitar
Jon Miller – Bass
Alex Lee – Guitar
Davier Pérez – Drums