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Pray for Villains

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 14, 2009)
  • Parental Advisory ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • ASIN: B0026J8LIG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,236 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By M. Fiduk on July 16, 2009
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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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Devildriver was one of a handful of metal bands that came out in the new millennium that actually avoided the cookie cutter sound of so many others and achieved a sound of their own. With John Boecklin's amazing drumming to Dez's unique vocal style and lyrics to Jeff and Mike's riffs and grooves that were as tight as a clenched fist, this band was pure aggression with talent to spare. In my opinion every album was an entirely seperate entity unto itself and that's how I classify Pray for Villains. Some fans saw it as a disappointment compared to previous albums and I somewhat understand that if they're looking for the growth in aggression and musicality that had been made from the debut to Last Kind Words, but in no way do I see it as the band laying down or playing it safe and all the sudden turning in a by the numbers effort though. Villains showed a more intense focus on songwriting and melody as I heard it. Not that DD started writing songs you could whistle along to but they definitely refined and streamlined their approach on a couple tunes from a musical standpoint. There's still plenty there that reminds you exactly who you're listening to though so it wasn't a drastic difference or anything. Just listen to the title cut and right there you have an extremely solid tune that stands shoulder to shoulder with any of their other material from any album. That's usually how it goes though, once fans get used to a band blowing them away with every sequential release as soon as that doesn't happen it's immediately defined as a disappointment and I just can't subscribe to that theory.Read more ›
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Great CD! Worth every penny! Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys metal! If you enjoy metal, you have to aggressively search to find the gems, as the radio plays the same old crap over and over, and while Sirius is much better, they hardly ever play most of the gems I've found by looking at metal label websites and metal magazine reviews online. Check-out some of the CDs that I have reviewed in my past, and I guarantee you will find something you may not have ever heard of! Stay metal and support our metal community! If you discover something you like on my past review list, click "yes" on where it says: "was this review helpful?"!
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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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