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This Wednesday, Oct. 26th, veteran New England hardcore outfit Hatebreed will bring its “Concrete Confessional North American Tour 2016” to North Carolina’s “Queen City.” The band is scheduled to perform live at the Fillmore in support of its new album The Concrete Confessional. The band won’t be alone when it comes hits the stage. Also along for the ride will be another well-known metal act that goes by the name of Devildriver. The band is touring in support of its own new release, Trust No One, which was released early this summer. It goes without saying in listening to this latest full-length studio recording from Devildriver that it is one more of this year’s top new hard rock and metal offerings. That is exhibited from start to end in this 10-song (12 for those who have the album’s deluxe edition) record both in the album’s musical arrangements and its lyrical content. ‘This Deception’ is just one of the songs that serves to support that statement. It will be discussed shortly. ‘My Night Sky’ serves to support that statement just as much as ‘This Deception.’ It will be discussed later. The record’s title track, which comes late in the album’s run also supports that statement. It is just one more of so many songs included in this record that could (and do) exhibit what makes this record such a strong new entry from Devildriver. All things considered, Trust No One proves in the end to be a record that listeners can trust is one of this year’s top new hard rock and metal offerings.
Devildriver’s new album Trust No One is a record that listeners can trust is one of this year’s top new hard rock and metal offerings. That is proven both through the album’s musical arrangements and its lyrical content. ‘This Deception,’ which comes early in the album’s run, is just one of the songs that serves to support that statement. In regards to the song’s musical arrangement, it is one of the album’s strongest compositions. The song starts off with a slight brooding feel before launching into a full-on assault that harkens back to arrangements presented in the band’s earlier works. Guitarist Neil Tiemann shows with his work in this work that despite his more mainstream roots, he is a perfect fit for the band. Drummer Austin D’Amond is just as impressive behind the kit here in his ability to switch instantly between machine-gun fast beats and solid, pounding performance in the less lightning fast bars. Front man Dez Fafara’s vocal talents cannot be ignored here either. He roars with the power of a lion throughout the song. It is that power that really serves to exhibit the emotion in the song’s lyrical content. Speaking of that content, the song’s lyrical content is just as important to note in this song as its musical arrangement.
The musical arrangement presented in ‘This Deception’ is just as important to note of the song as its musical arrangement. That is because it presents just as much power as the song’s musical arrangement. That is evident as Fafara screams, “This deception, it cuts so deep/And your perception is cloudy and weak/To the ones departed, blame the ominous skies/Can’t you see the look in my eyes.” This lead verse speaks volumes in every sense of the phrase. The verse’s opening lines speak the loudest. This is someone feeling the emotional impact of realizing he or she has been lied to about something in particular for a very long time. This person says to others, “you don’t see what I see.” That is just this critic’s take on these lines, of course. The next two lines in the verse are just as intriguing. He seems to hint at blaming a higher power for people dying. At the same time, he comes across as asking others to acknowledge what his realization is doing to him. Again that is just this critic’s take. That is just part of what makes the song’s lyrical content so powerful. While this opening verse exhibits its own power, it is the song’s chorus that really packs a punch. Fafara sings in the song’s chorus, “The sight of your face/It brings me pause/And the sound of your voice/Just because/I thought you were dead/I wished you were dead/Gone to the sound of applause/The promises we keep/While all the others sleep/Vows to the taker/Now who’s nothing but a taker/Life is just another sin/It’s either you want out or in/Say your prayers to the setting sun/And go back to square one.” This seems to hint that he is addressing someone very specific. In fact in the chorus’ reprise, Fafara goes so far as to say, “Hear these words/And you’ll know who I’m after.” It’s an interesting thought. He goes on later in the song to note people who make “back-handed compliments” and fake smiles. These are pretty damning statements to say the least. When one puts the whole thing together, the song’s lyrical picture is one of someone who feels rather betrayed by someone else and is clearly addressing it, or so it would seem. That would account for the powerful impact of the song’s musical arrangement, too. Keeping all of this in mind, it becomes clear why ‘This Deception’ is one of TNO’s strongest songs and one of the best examples of why this record is one of this year’s top new hard rock and metal albums. It is not the only song featured in this record that proves to be so strong, either. ‘My Night Sky’ is another example of why TNO in whole stands out.
‘This Deception’ is one of the strongest offerings featured in Devildriver’s new album. That is due to the impact of both its musical and lyrical content alone and collectively. It is not the only song that stands out in this record. ‘My Night Sky’ stands on its own merits. It shows just as much as ‘This Deception’ why TNO stands out in this year’s field of new hard rock and metal albums. Just as with ‘My Deception,’ this is due in part to the song’s musical arrangement. The song’s musical arrangement is not the full-on aural assault that is presented in ‘This Deception.’ Rather it presents a certain duality. The song’s arrangement actually features a some more brooding moments later in its nearly four and a half-minute run time that expertly contrast its more intense bars. Those brooding moments heighten the intensity of the song’s arrangement even more because they leave listeners wondering what is about to happen. Something intense does in fact happen, too. It happens not only musically but lyrically, too. Speaking of lyrics, the song’s lyrical content plays as much of a part in its intensity as its musical arrangement.
The musical arrangement presented in ‘My Night Sky’ is important in its own right in showing what makes the song an important addition to TNO. That is because it serves to expertly highlight the song’s lyrical content. By connection, the song’s lyrical content is just as important to the song by itself as it is with the song’s powerhouse musical arrangement. That is because of the statement that Fafara seems to make here. He screams in the song’s chorus, “Born into bondage/Meant to scorch the sky/By any means/F***ing hustle through life/I’ve realized I’m not sorry anymore/You’ve poisoned the wine/And it’s my night sky/I was beat down by a slow drug/Over the embers and through the flood/I’m built for the kill (it’s my night sky).” This comes across as another very defiant statement being spoken to someone in particular. He comes across here as saying to that person, “I’m through being nice, I’m determined now. You ruined so much and now I realize I’m built to get through everything.” Again, this is just this critic’s own take on these lines. But it would seem to make sense considering that in the song’s lead verse, Fafara screams to that person, “Desperate in your sadness/So wear black cloth/Burning/Like a flame to a moth/We flicker the heart/And silence the sound/Burning/Put all your dreams down.” One could easily argue, in considering all of this (along with the song’s final verse) that what Fafara has done here is extend that musical middle finger to whomever is being addressed, and done so with no remorse whatsoever. When all of this is set against the song’s musical arrangement, the two elements join to show again why this song stands out just as much as ‘My Deception.’ They also serve to remind listeners that as impressive as it is, it still is not the last song that could be cited to show what makes TNO stand out. The album’s title track stands out just as much as ‘My Night Sky’ and ‘This Deception.’
‘This Deception’ and ‘My Night Sky’ are both key compositions included in Devildriver’s new album. Both songs show through their musical arrangements and their equally powerful lyrical content just why TNO proves to be one of this year’s top new hard rock and metal albums. They are not the only songs included in this record that serve to support that statement, either. The album’s title track shows just as much what makes this record stand out as ‘This Deception’ and ‘My Night Sky.’ Just as with those songs, that is due in part to the song’s musical arrangement. The most notable aspect of the song’s arrangement is its thrash elements. The dual guitar attack of Mike Spreitzer and Neal Tiemann couples with Austin D’Amond’s precision time keeping and bassist Diego Ibarra’s low end for a composition that is pure thrash. Fafara’s vocal fury puts the finishing touch on the song. When it is joined with those elements, the composition in whole becomes a work that thrash purists will wholly appreciate. It is just one element of the song that makes it stand out, too.
The musical arrangement that is presented within ‘Trust No One’ in itself makes this song yet another clear example of what makes the song (and album in whole) stand out. That is because of its pure thrash approach. As important as the song’s musical arrangement proves to be to its presentation, it is only part of what makes the song stand out. The song’s lyrical content is just as important to note in this work as its musical arrangement. Fafara screams in this song, “If threatened just know/I’ll respond in kind/Say the word/The word is blind/If threatened just know/I’ll respond in kind/Say the word/The word is attack/Say your lamentations/Set sail for hell or damnation/No honest words on your lips/Confronted/Think quick/I’ve used it/I’ve abused it/It’s abused me/It’s confused me/And consumed me/I’ve been destroyed by trust/My heart can’t erase it/Now I’m so f***ing wasted/I can taste it.” From there he reiterates the statement established in the song’s lead verse, singing, “I’ve been destroyed by trust/Heard you say there’s no need for violence/As you slowly sickeningly walk away/Give my regards to the ones you call your angels.” There is obviously a certain amount of tension expressed in this song, and it lives up to its title. Who hasn’t felt like they can’t trust anyone anymore? Exactly. Considering that, the frustration voiced by Fafarara here is powerful to say the least. When the song’s musical arrangement is added to its equally powerful lyrical content, the combination of the two makes this song one of the album’s most impressive works. It works with ‘This Deception,’ ‘My Night Sky’ and the rest of the album’s songs to make the album in whole one of the year’s top new hard rock and metal offerings.
Devildriver’s new album Trust No One is one of 2016’s top new hard rock and metal albums. That is due to the power exhibited in both the album’s musical arrangements and its equally powerful lyrical content. ‘This Deception,’ ‘My Night Sky’ and ‘Trust No One’ are all examples of that musical and lyrical power. Each of the album’s other featured compositions could just as easily be cited in exhibiting what makes Trust No One such a strong hard rock and metal offering. All things considered this record is another impressive effort from Devildriver and one more of the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums. It is available now in stores and online. More information on Trust No One is available online now along with all of Devildriver’s latest news and more at:
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