The first half of DevilDriver's staggered double album has been announced for an October 9 release date, along with the reveal of a new single called 'Keep Away From Me', which can be heard below.
Frontman Dez Fafara had this to say on the first cut from the upcoming record Dealing With Demons I:
“I’ve been social distancing since I was born. I’ve learned to try and embrace my Agoraphobia all my life. This is what the lyrics are about as we are all sheltered in place. They seem very clear. Now is not the time bands should shy away from the obvious by trying to push the narrative through their art as if everything is alright with the world and ‘it’s metal video visual as usual time’, as it is clearly NOT that time.
We as artists should speak up, inspire and change lives, or paint a picture – a time capsule if you will – by the narrative we push in uncertain times. This video is one such art piece as my band and thousands of others are forced into quarantine – cannot rehearse, take photos, or perform – to make a music video for the very people that have supported us for years.
It’s trying times for the world and my outlook through this video is simply this: ‘here’s what we are going through as a family on this planet and as we embrace what is yet to come… please Stand Together’.”
In an interview with Maniacs last year, frontman Dez Fafara had this to say on the double release:
"...if anyone approaches you about doing a double record, don't do it. It's the fuckin' most work I've ever put into something in my life. I had sleepless nights where I was grinding my fuckin' teeth. Like, I'd wake up and my hands would hurt from clenching my fists, and I was recording so fast and hard that it was just daily, daily, daily, daily. And now being able to listen back to this record, it's absolutely astoundingly on fire."
"...that thing is breaking all the fucking rules, all the boundaries. It's heavier, it's groovier, it's got bigger hooks and I broke all my boundaries vocally. If you like Coal Chamber, if you like DevilDriver - this record you're gonna get those things put together vocally, which is something annihilatingly dark and heavy. I mean dark. It's really going to a punk rock, goth kind of place with me. Just really dark and brutal and I think people are gonna love it, man."
Dealing With Demons I will also feature Dez's son Simon "Blade" Fafara on the track 'You Give Me A Reason To Drink'.
DevilDriver - Dealing With Demons I Tracklisting
1 - 'Keep Away From Me'
2 - 'Vengeance Is Clear'
3 - 'Nest of Vipers'
4 - 'Iona'
5 - 'Wishing'
6 - 'You Give Me a Reason to Drink' (feat. Simon Blade Fafara)
7 - 'Witches'
8 - 'Dealing With Demons'
9 - 'The Damned Don't Cry'
10 - 'Scars Me Forever'