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Winter Kills

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Editorial Reviews

On Devildriver's sixth release, Winter Kills, the band certainly didn't skimp on the riffage, the idling-dragster tempos or the sheer sonic drive that makes them one of heavy music's respected outfits. Singer Dez Farara will readily acknowledge the basic tenet of heavy metal is to achieve the essence of power and complete freedom, and they've done all that and more on Winter Kills. Produced by Mark Lewis, art/photos by Dean Karr, layout by Ryan Clark/Invisible Creature. For fans of Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage, Hatebreed.

1. Oath of the Abyss
2. Ruthless
3. Desperate Times
4. Winter Kills
5. The Appetite
6. Gutted
7. Curses and Epitaphs
8. Caring's Overkill
9. Haunting Refrain
10. Tripping Over Tombstones
11. Sail

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 27, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Napalm Records
  • ASIN: B00D9PUX5A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,288 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brian on October 23, 2013
Format: Audio CD
I have to admit there I was apprehensive about “Winter Kills” while waiting for its release. Both “Pray for Villains” and “Beast” were full of good songs, but I feel over time and multiple listens I didn’t find them quite the same quality of albums as “The Fury of Our Maker’s Hand” or “The Last Kind Words.” When I heard “Ruthless,” I was underwhelmed. Add in Dez touring around with Coal Chamber again, and the fact that they had switched to a new record label, and yes, I am sad to say I read critic reviews (don’t do it people, it’s idiotic), and I got paranoid and anticipated that they might play it safe/phone it in with “Winter Kills.”

Oh me of little faith.

“Winter Kills” is the natural evolution from “Fury” and “Words” with the death metal elements of “Villains” and “Beast.” This album seems them combining their groove metal origins with epic death metal, and it is by far the heaviest thing they have ever released, I mean HEAVY, like an asteroid falling on your head heavy. I never would have thought DD would match the heaviness of Gojira and Meshuggah, but they did.

Returning from “Words” is the epic guitar work, which has been stepped up. “Haunting Refrain” has easily my favorite guitar solo ever from the band, and I’m not even a guitarophile. Lyrically Dez has stepped it back up a notch, less repetitive choruses which plagued the last two albums.

Some may whine with the band covering AWOLnation’s “Sail,” but not me. Sure it doesn’t sound like anything else on the album, and sounds more like a power metal-ish track, but it works well as a unique, catchy end to the album. Not to mention seeing DD perform it live in Silver Spring MD, the crowd ate it up, so I’d say it was a successful experiment.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By J. Hill TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 27, 2013
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For the last few years, DevilDriver has been a band capable of writing some outstanding songs, but not quite remaining consistent over the course of full albums. "Pray for Villains" was hit-or-miss, and "Beast", while a step in the right direction, had two or three songs that I didn't care much for. On "Winter Kills", the band has mastered the craft of piecing all of the elements of their sound together in a consistently flowing, diverse arrangement of metal that keeps crushing heaviness as its underpinning. From the outset with opener "Oath of the Abyss", they establish the intention of changing gears within songs much more frequently than the last couple albums. Continuing through the next two songs, "Ruthless" and "Desperate Times", DevilDriver showcases all of their different styles of playing, moving through sections of groove, thrash, melodic modern metal, and hints of death metal with seamless transitions. But, more than just a collection of parts, each song sounds cohesively tied together by a strong chorus or hook.

As the album progresses into the title track, the band begins utilizing more melody, moving gradually from crushing to melancholy, but never sacrificing a trace of heaviness. Then, around the middle of the album on track 5, "The Appetite", DevilDriver really show what they're capable of. This song, in my opinion, also would have made a great title track, as it offers the best of everything DD has to offer. It's an epic track that slowly pulls the album back into the stomp of the first few songs along with some surprising NWOBHM-inspired soloing, and should come off great in the live set.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By randi on September 12, 2013
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Love love love DD they never disapoint me, The cover is amazing as well! Bad ass cd! must buy! \m/
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 5, 2013
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THIS is why I love metal! Honestly, it's hard to rank DevilDriver's albums as a fan. This one continues to make the job hard. Even an untrained ear can recognize the difference in songs. The tracks don't just blend into one monotonous droning album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By esthomas on April 27, 2014
Format: Audio CD
I hated Coal Chamber. When I heard the singer was in this band I avoided it like the plague. I couldn't get past that stupid loco song and figured that Devildriver would just be another cash in on what other bands perfected much like Coal Chamber did with the nu-metal sound. As a result I have not heard anything from this band except "Winter Kills". I can not give you a comparison of previous albums but rather simply just tell you what I think of this album on it's own.

I was right about one thing. Devildriver doesn't stand out. Rather then coping nu-metal, Devildriver takes on groove metal. To be honest there really isn't anything on "Winter Kills" that sets them apart from all the other groove metal bands. This is metal played by the numbers.

So, then why the five stars? Sometimes you just have to enjoy something for what it is. The band have managed to merge the groove sound used by "Lamb Of God" with a more melodic sound. The songs are extremely well executed. Each song pushes through with ferocious intensity without sacrificing harmony and atmosphere. This is a metal album made for metalheads. It doesn't pretend to be anything else.
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