Alter Bridge Announces Release Date, Specs For New EP; Debuts ‘Native Son’ Video

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Alter Bridge is doing its part to help audiences get their live music fix.

The band is scheduled to release a new live EP titled Walk The Sky 2.0 Nov. 6 through Napalm Records.  The seven song recording features six live renditions of songs originally featured on the band’s 2019 album Walk The Sky and one new song, ‘Last Rites.’

‘Last Rites’ was written, recorded and produced this year during the COVID-19 lockdown.  The live recordings were captured during the band’s January/February 2020 tour in support of Walk The Sky.

The track listing for Walk The Sky 2.0 is noted below.

The tracklisting for Walk The Sky 2.0 is:
1. Last Rites
2. Wouldn’t You Rather (Live)
3. Pay No Mind (Live)
4. Native Son (Live)
5. Godspeed (Live)
6. In The Deep (Live)
7. Dying Light (Live)

The record will release on a variety of platforms, all of which are noted below.

Walk The Sky 2.0 will be available in the following formats:
-Jewelcase CD
-Jewelcase CD + Shirt (Napalm Records Mailorder only, ex-North America)
-Cream Vinyl LP Gatefold
-Inkspot Yellow/Black Marbled Vinyl LP Gatefold (Napalm Records Mailorder only, ltd to 150 copies in North America)
-2-CD Earbook [+Walk The Sky(Napalm Records Mailorder only, ltd to 300 copies)
-Digital Album [+Walk The Sky]

While audiences await the release of Walk The Sky 2.0, Alter Bridge, they have a new music video from the band to watch.  The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Native Son‘ Tuesday.

The stop motion style video was created by Stefano Bertelli.  It uses origami along with stop motion to tell the song’s story and opens in the old west town of Deadwood.  The town eventually crumbles away and is replaced by a futuristic city, and at the center of it all is an unidentified figure who is struggling to survive through all of the changes. The visualization is meant to help translate the message in the song’s lyrical content, whose chorus finds front man Myles Kennedy singing, “I’m a native son in a foreign land/I’m just living in a world I can’t understand.”

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Unleash The Archers Debuts ‘Faster Than Light’ Video

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Unleash The Archers debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Faster Than Light‘ Monday.’  The song is the third single from the band’s new album Abyss, which was released Friday through Napalm Records.  Its debut follows the debut of the videos for the band’s singles ‘Soulbound‘ and ‘Abyss.’

The video for the band’s latest single finds the band’s members — Brittney Slayes (vocals), Scott Buchanan (drums), Grant Truesdell (guitar, vocals), and Andrew Kingsley (guitar, vocals) — facing one another in a foot race on a track.

Slayes talked about the video’s treatment in a recent interview.

“Being that this song is about racing off into the far corners of space, we thought it would be a fun idea to actually race each other in the music video to see which one of us was truly ‘Faster Than Light’!,” she said. “Of course we had to have some fun with it though, and added a little bit of excitement into the mix. Our director mentioned an older Stephen King novel called The Long Walk as inspiration for a way to spice up the video and we all agreed it would be hilarious! Check out the plot synopsis on Wikipedia if you haven’t read it already… This track has turned into a favourite of the band and we knew it had to be a single the moment the finished product was in our hands. It’s fast, fun, and is going to be an absolute blast to play live!”

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Devildriver Debuts ‘Nest Of Vipers’ Video

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Devildriver debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Nest of Vipers‘ Thursday.  The song and its companion video are the third from the band’s forthcoming album Dealing with Demons 1, which is scheduled for release Oct. 9 through Napalm Records.

Its premiere comes more than a month after the band debuted the album’s second single ‘Iona‘ and its video, and more than two months after the band debuted the album’s lead single ‘Stay Away From Me‘ and its companion video.

The video for ‘Nest of Vipers’ — directed by Vicente Corder (Industrialism Films) — centers on a man who has gone to visit a psychic.  The psychic uses a deck of tarot cards to tell the man of visions she is having about what is to come.  The visions that the psychic presents are anything but positive.  The whole thing ends with a surprise twist.

The musical arrangement at the center of Nest of Vipers harkens back to Devildriver’s early works while its lyrical content is a social commentary.

Front man Dez Fafara talked about the song’s lyrical content in a recent interview.

“This is my first co-written lyric on any Devildriver track with another band member, penned with our guitarist Neal Tiemann. Working with Neal is a good time. We always want what’s best for the song.

Lyrically, the chorus says it all –“the kings sworn men make perfect liars,” added Fafara. “This is the cold, hard truth, as people’s loyalties are often bought and sold. The lyric “she sleeps with bones beside her” refers to another theme touched upon in this track – a woman laying in misery next to her “bones” of contention, harboring guilt as her loyalties are also bought and sold… It’s all a sad state of affairs once you get into that bought and sold mentality, whether it’s with your work or friendships.”

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
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

The 10-song record was co-produced by [Devildriver guitarist Mike] 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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Hyperspace Metal Festival Delayed To 2021

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The Hyperspace Metal Festival III will take place next year.

The festival’s organizers made the announcement Monday.  Journeyman Productions, heads up the annual festival.  It was originally scheduled to take place April 17-19, but was rescheduled for Sept. 4-6 as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic.  The rescheduled dates are under consideration.

Journeyman Productions head Joey Hockin had the following to say about the festival’s latest development.

“Well, the time has come to make the difficult decision that we all knew was coming. Hyperspace Metal Festival III will be postponed again to 2021. The exact dates and lineup will be announced once we have confirmation from the government that it is safe to proceed with a gathering of this size. Given the uncertain nature of COVID-19, we feel it is best to not reveal anything else until we know that the festival can happen. All ticket sales will be honoured at the new dates and the lineup will be mostly bands that have already been booked for the festival with probably a few new surprises. If you would like a refund, please send an email to info@rickshawtheatre.com. Thank you for your understanding and we hope you are staying safe!”

This year’s festival was scheduled to feature well-known acts, such as Unleash The Archers, which just released its latest album Abyss, Powerglove,  and Immortal Guardian as well as other power and speed metal bands, such as Novareign, Silver Talon and Helion Prime.

A playlist of songs from the festival’s featured bands is available through Spotify.  A trailer that was created for the festival is streaming here.

All of the latest updates on the Hyperspace Metal Festival III are available online at http://www.facebook.com/HyperspaceMetalFestival.

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Dee Snider Debuts ‘For The Love Of Metal’ Live Clip

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Dee Snider debuted released the live clip for ‘For The Love Of Metal’ this week.

The performance clip is the second from Snider’s new live recording by the same name.  The recording is available now.  Its first clip — for the performance of ‘I Am The Hurricane‘ — debuted last month.

Snider had the following to say of the song in one of the interview segments featured in the recording:

“When Jamey Jasta told me his idea for this song, I thought it sounded crazy. But after we were done putting it together and recording For The Love Of Metal, I knew we made a statement that not only needed to be made, but will speak for the heavy metal community for years to come. Because at the end of the day, we are all fucking metal! This is my new favorite song to perform live!”

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Editing, Interviews Save Snider’s New Live Recording

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Dee Snider is scheduled to release his new live recording For The Love of Metal Live Friday through Napalm Records.  This new recording is an intriguing presentation from the veteran rocker, who largely is known as the front man of the 80s metal band Twisted Sister.  While not a perfect presentation, it is a presentation that is worth experiencing at least once.  That is due in part to its editing.  This item will be discussed shortly.  While the editing does much to make the recording worth the watch, its general presentation detracts somewhat from its presentation.  This will be addressed a little later.  It can be said that while the general presentation of Snider’s new live recording detracts from its presentation to a point, one element of the general presentation – the interview segments – works with the editing to make the recording’s appeal.  When this is considered along with the issue of the general presentation, all three elements join to make For The Love of Metal a presentation that while imperfect, is still a work that will appeal to Snider’s most devoted fan base.

Dee Snider’s forthcoming live recording For The Love of Metal Live is a presentation that will appeal largely to his most devoted fan base.  That is due in large part to its editing.  Editing is not necessarily the first thing that comes to mind when one analyzes a live recording, but in this case it is the recording’s foundation.  That is because of the way in which the recording is presented in its DVD/BD combo pack platform.  Rather than being one sole performance, the recording presents Snider and his fellow musicians performing the recording’s set list across a variety of venues.  The primary venue is clearly a recently Bloodstock performance.  Those responsible for the editing manage to seamlessly edit together footage from so many performances while using the Bloodstock audio as the central point for each potion of the recording.  The ability to combine so much footage so expertly is to be highly commended.  On another level, the editing is also to be commended in looking at the fluidity of the live and interview segments.  Each flows from one to the next just as seamlessly as the live segments from one to the next.  That in itself ensures just as much, viewers’ engagement from start to end of the early two-hour presentation.

The editing that went into For The Love of Metal Live does its own share to make this presentation worth watching.  For all that it does to help the recording, the actual presentation itself detracts from the recording’s general effect.  As has already been noted, the recording is not just from one of Dee Snider’s recent shows.  It features Snider and company at a variety of venues.  The problem is that those shows and venues are not separated out.  Rather, they are just thrown together.  The result is a presentation that just comes across as one long “live” music video.  It would have made more sense to separate the songs and performances within the bigger picture and make them their own separate performances.  Had that been done here, it would have really made the overall presentation so much more engaging and entertaining.  Sadly, that was not the path taken.  The result, again, is a presentation that feels like something that was just tossed together for the sake of calling it a live recording. It leaves the general effect as being very lacking in real substance.  What can be said at least here is that despite all of this is that Snider proves he can still hold his own against any of today’s much younger front men throughout the whole of all of this.  Getting back on topic, the issues raised by the recording’s general effect are not such that they make the program unwatchable.  Making up for the impact that the main presentation has on this recording is the matter of its companion interview segments.

The interview segments are much calmer moments.  They show Snider in a much more personal fashion.  Audiences learn much through the interview segments.  Snider reveals his thoughts on the emotional impact of his work/life balance in the lead interview segment, and how that played into the creation of one of the songs featured in his new studio recording For The Love of Metal.  Later in another segment, he reveals that the album itself came as a friendly challenge from Hatebreed front man Jamey Jasta.  That very revelation, that Jasta has such respect for Snider (as do so many other of today’s major rock and metal figures) is sure to continue cementing Snider’ reputation and his place in the rock and metal community, as if it wasn’t already cemented.  In yet another interview, Snider shares an entertaining anecdote about how he was cast for the stage presentation of “Rock of Ages.”  The story will leave any viewer laughing as Snider talks about his own reaction and that of his wife, especially considering the circumstances surrounding the call that informed Snider that he had received a role in the musical.  It’s just one more way in which the interview segments, which again are well edited with the concert footage, prove their own value to the overall presentation of For The Love of Metal Live.  When this is considered along with the recording’s noted editing, the two elements together make up for the problems caused by the live footage and in turn make the recording in whole worth watching at least once.

Dee Snider’s forthcoming live recording For The Love of Metal is an intriguing new offering from the veteran rocker.  That is because while it has its positives, it comes up just short of expectations.  Its editing works to its advantage, as do the interview segments that are interwoven into the overall presentation.  The problem is that the concert footage feels more like one long live music video than an actual live recording because of how everything was assembled.  Had the footage of the band’s various performances been presented separately from one song to the next, that would have been one thing.  That wasn’t what was done here, though.  Instead, those behind the recording’s presentation just tossed them all together, which detracts from the general effect. The end result is that this presentation is something that Snider’s most devoted fans will like but definitely not love.  For The Love of Metal Live is scheduled for release Friday on a variety of platforms.

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Unleash The Archers Debuts ‘Soulbound’ Video

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Unleash The Archers debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Soulbound‘ Wednesday.  The song is the second single from the band’s forthcoming concept album Abyss, which is the “sequel” to the band’s 2017 album Apex.  The band debuted the video for Abysstitle track/lead single June 18.

Abyss is scheduled for release Aug. 21 through Napalm Records.  Pre-orders are open now.

The album’s track listing is noted below.

 

 

Abyss tracklisting:
1) Waking Dream
2) Abyss
3) Through Stars
4) Legacy
5) Return To Me
6) Soulbound
7) Faster Than Light
8) The Wind That Shapes The Land
9) Carry The Flame (feat. guitarist Andrew Kingsley on guest vocals)
10) Afterlife (feat. orchestration by Francesco Ferrini)

 

 

The ‘Soulbound’ video is a continuation of sorts from the ‘Abyss’ video, with the band performing its single.  The band performance footage is complimented with some very fantasy-based elements that tie into the album.

Vocalist Brittney Slayes talked about the album’s concept in a recent interview about the video for the album’s lead single.

“This album is a classic take on good versus evil, light versus dark, The Grandson versus The Matriarch, but it also uses the ‘person versus self’ literary device in that The Immortal is battling with the good and evil within himself, and must decide in the end if he is simply a tool for others to use, or a man with free will and the ability to choose his own path; a struggle I think every human can relate to,” said Slayes.

In discussing the treatment for the ‘Soulbound’ video Slayes had the following to say:

“The video was shot by Runegate Studios in Victoria BC, Canada and uses two very different environments to differentiate between the world of the living, and the world of the ‘Soulbound,’” she said.  “The bright, white, indoor scenes portray a reality much like our own, while the dark, rain-soaked, outdoor scenes take the viewer to a visually stunning reality that will give you goosebumps and make your skin crawl!  In this dismal place, The Matriarch has complete control over the Soulbound, and she can compel them there whenever she desires, no matter how hard they may resist.”

The song’s musical arrangement is another upbeat work that will appeal not only to the band’s established fan base, but also to power metal fans and those of Amaranthe.

Slayes additionally talked about the song’s arrangement and lyrical theme in her discussion about the song’s video.

“This song is what we call a ‘quick-banger’ in the UTA camp,” she said.  “It’s short, fast, catchy, and never lets up. We always have one of these on every record; the kind of song that makes you want to turn the dial up to 11, maybe drive a little faster, perhaps even stand up and headbang by yourself in the middle of the room. This track re-introduces the four sons of The Matriarch as enslaved, unstoppable, half-dead beings that won’t give up until The Immortal is destroyed, and we feel like it can stand on its own while not giving too many of the album’s secrets away… Get out your air-guitars ’cause this one is blistering!”

More information on Unleash the Archers’ new single and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

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Grave Digger’s 20th New Album Is A Fine Way For The Band To Celebrate Its 40th Anniversary

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Power metal band Grave Digger hit two important milestone this year.  The band released its 20th new album — Fields of Blood — May 29.  The 12-song record was released through Napalm Records as the band marks its 40th anniversary.  The album’s overarching lyrical themes form its foundation.  They will be discussed shortly.  The musical arrangements that make up the body of the 51-minute record strengthen that foundation, giving audiences even more reason to take in the album.  They will be discussed a little later.  The record’s production and mixing round out its most important elements and will be discussed later, too.  Each noted item is important in its own way to the whole of Fields of Blood.  All things considered, they make Fields of Blood a great way for Grave Digger to celebrate its 40th anniversary and an equal enjoyable gift to its fans as it celebrates both milestones.

Grave Digger’s latest album Fields of Blood is a positive new addition to this year’s field of new power metal offerings.  It is a fitting way for the band to celebrate its 40th anniversary with its fans, too.  That is proven in part through the record’s lyrical themes.  The band returns to Scotland once more in this album, continuing a trend that it started with 1996’s Tunes of War and 2010’s The Clans Will Rise Again.  Much as with those albums, this record’s lyrical themes delve into the military history of Scotland.  From the nation’s battles with the Vikings in ‘Lions of the Sea’ to the Jacobite rising of 1745 in ‘My Final Fight’ and ‘Barbarian’ to the Battle of Stirling Bridge, the album gives audiences another deep dive into the history of Scotland’s military history.  There are also works that pay tribute to Scottish hero William Wallace in the album’s closer/title track and ‘The Heart of Scotland’ to make the experience even more engaging and entertaining for audiences.  Between these songs and the album’s other works, the whole of the album’s lyrical themes continue a long tradition for the band in terms of producing concept albums.  From creating an album about Jesus’ last supper in The Last Supper to an album about the Knight’s Templar in Knights of the Cross to the other noted albums and more, the band’s approach here is nothing new, but is still an approach that longtime fans will appreciate just as much as those who are less familiar with the band’s catalog.  It’s just one way in which the album proves appealing for listeners.  The record’s collective musical arrangements play into its appeal, too.

The musical arrangements featured throughout this album are everything that longtime fans have come to expect from Grave Digger.  The driving power metal guitar riffs and the powerhouse vocals from Axel Ritt and Chris Boltendahl respectively give the album its own punch.  One could argue, as a matter of fact, that Boltendahl’s vocal delivery style and sound is comparable to that of the late great Motorhead front man Lemmy Kilmister.  Given, Motorhead is and was not a power metal band, but the similarity is there, regardless.  Drummer Marcus Kniep’s time keeping adds to that impact along with bassist Jens Becker.  The group’s collective work from one song to the next makes the album’s works appealing to fans of Judas Priest, Firewind, and especially Sabaton.  The inclusion of the bagpipes in ‘The Clansman’s Journey’ and the brief cover of Bach’s Tocatta and Fugue in D. Minor in ‘All For The Kingdom’ will also appeal to fans of Trans Siberian Orchestra and to a lesser extent, Exmortus.  The heavy, plodding drums, bass and guitar in ‘The Heart of Scotland’ is another notable addition to the album in examining the record’s musical arrangements.  The whole of those elements along with the choral element and bagpipes makes it even more engaging and entertaining. When all of this is taken into consideration along with the rest of the album’s musical arrangements, the whole of the album’s musical content does just as much as the album’s overall lyrical content to keep listeners engaged and entertained.  It is not the last of the album’s most important elements, either.  The album’s production and mixing round out its most important elements.

The production and mixing that went into the final presentation that is Fields of Blood is important to note because it was the work put into balancing each song’s multiple elements  both during and post that led to the album that is available now.  A lot of attention to detail had to take place in production and post (mixing) with this record, too.  As noted, bagpipes are balanced multiples times with guitars, bass, drums and vocals.  At other times, the quartet’s own parts sans bagpipes were combined, each being powerful in its own right throughout.  That means a lot of time and painstaking effort had to be taken to make sure not one part of each song’s instrumentation overpowered the others.  As a result of that painstaking effort, each song is expertly balanced and produces an effect on listeners that will resonate long after the album reaches its end.  Keeping this in mind along with the importance of the album’s musical and lyrical content, all three elements combine to make Fields of Blood an applause-worthy new offering from Grave Digger that audiences will celebrate while celebrating Grave Digger’s 40th anniversary.

Grave Digger’s 20th album Fields of Blood is another positive offering from the veteran power metal band that audiences will applaud just as much as the band’s past albums.  That is due in part to the album’s lyrical content, which makes the album another concept album of sorts from the band.  They make the album another work that is immediately comparable to works from Sabaton in that avenue.  The album’s musical arrangements are once again pure power metal, which is something that fans have come to expect from the band.  The same can be said of the band’s stylistic approach to each arrangement throughout the album.  Each composition is everything in itself that fans have come to expect from the band, too.  The work put into the record’s production and mixing put the final touch to the album, ensuring once more, audiences’ engagement and entertainment.  Each noted item is important in its own way to the whole of Fields of Blood.  All things considered, they make the album a solid way for Grave Digger and its fans to celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary.  Fields of Blood is available now through Napalm Records.  More information on the album is available along with all of Grave Digger’s latest news at:

 

 

 

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Mushroomhead Debuts ‘The Heresy’ “Making Of” Video

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Mushroomhead is taking audiences behind the scenes of its latest music video.

The band debuted the “Making of” video for its latest single ‘The Heresy’ July 1 through Revolver Magazine.  The video comes less than a month after the band premiered the “Making Of” video for its single ‘Seen It All.’

The singles are from the band’s latest album A Wonderful Life.  Mushroomhead debuted the official video for ‘Seen It All’ April 21 and the video for ‘The Heresy‘ on June 5.

The new “Making Of” video for ‘The Heresy’ runs just under six minutes at five minutes, 34 seconds.  Through the course of the video, its director and Mushroomhead founder Steve “Skinny ” Felton discusses the video’s look, including whether vocalist J Mann would be featured with his mask or makeup.

Additionally, new vocalist Jackie Laponza (a.k.a. Ms. Jackie) talks about the dangers of shooting the video and how that item connected to her makeup for the shoot.  She also assures audiences that the baby featured in the video was safe throughout the entire process.  As if that is not enough, Ms. Jackie additionally sings the praises of the crew who assembled the set for the video during her brief interview segment in this video.

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Devildriver Debuts ‘Iona’ Video

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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
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

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.

More information on Dealing With Demons 1 is available along with all of Devildriver’s latest news at:

 

Websitehttp://www.devildriver.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/devildriver

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/devildriver

 

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