Album Review: DevilDriver – Trust No One
Posted by Reggie
When Dez Fafara announced DevilDriver was going on hiatus back in 2014, I felt it was the end of the band. Long-time band members were dropping off the roster like flies while Dez’s other band, Coal Chamber, was making a momentous comeback. I was beginning to think Winer Kills was the last album we’d see from DevilDriver. But, that was not the case. With Mike Spreitzer being the remaining musician with any sort of tenure, they recruited Austin D’Amond, Neil Tiemann, and a bassist (Diego Ibarra – listed as touring bassist) and began working on new material in 2015. It was a short-lived hiatus and for DevilDriver fans, it’s a good thing because Trust No One takes DevilDriver in a slightly different direction than we are used to.
DevilDriver was always a good band to throw around some angry riffs and be pissed off. Let’s face it, they made some good tunes to open up a circle pit to. Their angst-driven melodies were often just what the doctor ordered and every album was sure to deliver at least a few songs worthy of the repeat button. The only problem was much of their music became formulaic. It was easy to predict the content of the next DevilDriver album. Nothing wrong with that if the songs are good, but they certainly had a recipe for aggressive metal. It sometimes became a difficult task to hear a DevilDriver song and remember which album it came from. Again, not the worst thing in the world.
Seven albums into their career and almost an entirely new roster, Trust No One is what they offer the masses. Where they definitely retain their aggressive and signature grooves – no mistaking this is DevilDriver, a couple of things stand out more than I remember from most DevilDriver music. The drums provide short-lived blast beats and more-than-normal double bass. The guitars do more than just chug a riff-tastic rhythm. There are more melodies and solos than I remember from older albums. Overall, the amped up drums and injection of more melodic guitars makes the album lean more like straightforward thrash metal. Dez’s vocals are right on track; mostly understandable, but not really.
A few standout songs are Bad Deeds for its blast beats and more old school DevilDriver approach. My Night Sky has a cool intro for about 30 seconds. Then, it turns into neck snapping cadence which would be cool if you actually have hair to whip around (unlike me). Trust No One is overall, just a heavy song despite the slower intro and the melodic guitar piece opening the track. It’s a great pit song. Testimony of Truth is a good opening song and a sampler of what the album has to offer. It’s not the most aggressive song, but does have a solid rhythm. Overall, Trust No One steers the band slightly off track from their norm and provides necessary aggression every metalhead needs in a day.
3.75 out of 5
Album: Trust No One
Release Date: 13 May 16
Label: Napalm Records
Length: 42 Minutes
Previous Albums: DevilDriver (2003); The Fury of our Maker’s Hand (2005); The Last Kind Words (2007); Pray For Villains (2009); Beast (2011); Winter Kills (2013).
Genre: Groove / Melodic / Thrashy Metal
Location: United States
If you are new to DevilDriver, here is a clip of I Could Care Less from their first album. What do you think?