Devildriver debuted the video for its latest single this week.
The band debuted its hybrid video/lyric video for its new single ‘Iona‘ Wednesday. The song is both a music video and an a lyric video in one. The video features the story of a man who is traveling through a countryside setting and is being “hunted” by the spirit of a soul-stealing woman named Iona. The story is set up by a brief explanation of the story at the video’s opening.
The video’s black and white effect, coupled with the acting of its two cast members and the setting will keep audiences engaged and entertained, as well the story. The song itself does just as much to maintain that attention. That is because its musical arrangement is everything that audiences have come to expect from the band throughout the years.
Front man Dez Fafara talked about the video and song in a recent interview.
“Iona is unlike any other Devildriver song we’ve put out,” he said. “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.”
‘Iona’ is the second single from Devildriver’s forthcoming album Dealing With Demons. The band debuted the video for the album’s lead single ‘Keep Away From Me‘ in May.
Fafara discussed the song’s lyrical theme in a recent interview.
“I’ve been social distancing since I was born,” he said. “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,” he added. “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’.”
Dealing with Demons is the first half of a two-part release that will see its second half released later this year. This first half is scheduled for release Oct. 9.
Pre-orders are open now for Dealing With Demons I on a variety of platforms. All pre-order pre-orders enter fans into a giveaway for a Dealing With Demons 1 banner. the album’s track listing is noted below.
Dealing With Demons I Tracklist:
1. Keep Away From Me
2. Vengeance Is Clear
3. Nest Of Vipers
6. You Give Me A Reason To Drink (feat. Simon Blade Fafara)
8. Dealing With Demons
9. The Damned Don’t Cry
10. Scars Me Forever
The 10-song record was co-produced by Spreitzer and Steve Evetts. It is also the first Devildriver record to feature a song co-written by Fafara and another individual — ‘Nest Of Vipers.’ The song was co-written by Fafara and Tiemann.
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