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Pray for Villains

4.3 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

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Pray For Villains, DevilDriver's gut-punching new album, is clearly the culmination of that endless hard work and unconquerable self-belief. Having honed their powerful sound over the course of three previous albums - 2003's self-titled debut, 2005's The Fury of Our Maker's Hand and 2007's The Last Kind Words -and countless live dates (including their legendary Download appearance in 2007, where the band's ferocious performance triggered what many believe to be the largest circle pit in history), the band is now operating at a higher level than ever before.
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  • Audio CD (July 14, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • ASIN: B0026J8LIG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,217 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This album is so good that I uncontrollably started throwing down the most \m/ windmills I have ever thrown to this day. Don't buy this album if you don't want to break everything in your proximity, because there is no way to not go completely APE! The drums will pound you relentlessly causing involuntary release of your bowels! Believe it, it happened to me!

Tweaked neck, broken keyboard (smashed my face on it), and soiled pants....BUY THIS F-ING ALBUM RIGHT NOW!
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I will state at the beginning of this album review that I am a BIG Devildriver fan (ergo long review). The reason this band has earned my respect is they have improved with each release. They started out with a likable self-titled debut, then blew that out of the water with The Fury of Our Maker's Hand, then proceeded to blow that out of the water with The Last Kind Words. So ever since I heard about Pray for Villains in early '09 I was painfully waiting for it to come out.

Before its release the reviews I read labeled Villains as a "typical Devildriver release," which had me worried that they were just going to try just make The Last Kind Words II. Thankfully those people weren't paying attention. Instead of trying to retread on their old sound they experiment and the results are great. The big difference between this and their previous albums is a heavy melodeath influence, while still retaining their groove metal roots (is melogroove a genre?). There are a lot more melodic guitar work, and even the choruses have a melody to the screaming, which beckons you to scream along with them.

This album has been getting the response that they have become commercialistic. I say that this album is accessible, the difference being that I say accessible as in this album is catchy and is easy to use to introduce someone to DD. Commercialistic, would them making throwing Nickleback ballads all over their album. The only track that one could say sounds musically radio-ready is "Back with a Vengeance." Well, it would be radio-friendly if Dez wasn't growling on it like he's going to jump out of the speakers and strangle you.

Speaking of Dez's vocals, he even experiments with that on this album.
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Bottom line, this baby rips! Every album they have upped their game. Musically,technically , overall songwriting... Where a lot of bands in their genre just stay the same, trying not to improve on these things and pretty much put out the same record... Villains is Heavy as hell, If for whatever reason you dont like this band give this a spin just for the drumming alone. J. Boeklin is a MONSTER!
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At risk of sounding like a fan boy, let's face it - Devildriver has consistently gotten better with each release; closer all the time to honing their own sound and the band's fourth album, Pray for Villains, is definitely no exception to this trend.

Pray for Villains takes the sheer chugging; pounding American ferocity the band demonstrated on 2005's The Fury of Our Maker's Hand and the epic, melodic "Gothenburg" style leads of The Last Kind Words and hurls it into a vicious, eviscerating whirlwind of metal.

This, of course, does not mean that Devildriver was content. The band has explored and incorporated many new elements previously unheard (or downplayed) on the three preceding albums - but that will be discussed later in this review.

Leading the charge is front man Dez Fafara, who delivers his visceral vocal assault with the sinister conviction, which has become synonymous with the core Devildriver sound. While the snarled and screamed vocals stay pretty safe and "standard" of the music, Fafara does attempt to splash some color by varying his delivery more than usual as well as debut some true clean vocals demonstrated on such tracks as, "I've Been Sober."

Guitar work, as usual, is excellent and very tight blending both masterfully brutal riffing and soaring, melodic leads as one would expect from this band. There are some great intros and interludes that can be heard throughout the entire album, but more specifically: "I've Been Sober", "Waiting for November (which sounds like a heavy nod to "End of the Line" on The Fury of our Maker's Hand)" and "Back with a Vengeance."

A new element of Pray for Villains guitar section is the heavy use of pentatonic sweeps.
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DevilDriver has never let down my expectations. In fact, they get better and better. Despite a few exceptions, this album surpasses all of their older work. The title song (Pray for Villains) and Resurrection Blvd. are really awesome. There were a few songs that didn't do anything for me (It's In The Cards, for example), but overall, the album was excellent. This is a must buy for any DevilDriver fan. If you like death metal and have never heard DevilDriver, then you need one of their albums immediately.
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First and foremost I have been impressed with Devil driver since the beginning.

Their sound keeps getting better, more refined.
This cd was one of the first this year to make me actually excited to hear the next song!

Go buy this now, you will be glad you did.
(Unless you don't like metal or Devil Driver, in which case gtfo)

I love it, You will love it.
METAL TO THE MASSES!
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