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Dez Fafara of DevilDriver

Review by Jeff Maki
DevilDriver, the headliner of the Bound by the Road Tour, now has seven studio albums under its belt. Yes, seven. The band has been around that long, and I’m getting that old. But the band in direct support on the tour has been around way longer—Death Angel. Thirty-five years to be exact.

Death Angel has been an absolute machine in recent years, churning out its style of Bay Area thrash metal with albums Killing Season (2008), Relentless Retribution (2010), The Dream Calls for Blood (2013) and last year’s The Evil Divide, which earned an honorable mention on my “best of the year” list. I also interviewed frontman Mark Osegueda in 2010 (read here) and again in 2016 (read here). Both times, his excitement and enthusiasm was unlike anyone I’ve interviewed. It turns out he carries this enthusiasm over to the stage (more…)

Photos by Greg Maki (more…)

California groove metal band DevilDriver will unleash its seventh studio album, Trust No One, on May 13 via Napalm Records. Today, the band has revealed the tracklist and launched a pre-order for the new record.

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Following the success of 2013’s Billboard Top 40 record Winter Kills, Devildriver spent the past three years writing and recording the new album. On the forthcoming record, the band teamed up with producer and previous collaborator Mark Lewis (Cannibal Corpse, Coal Chamber, Holy Grail) at Audio Hammer Studios. (more…)

coal-chamber_rivalsReview by Jeff Maki
While interviewing Mikey Cox (read here) in early 2015—drummer for reunited ’90s nu-metallers Coal Chamber—I asked him about the making of the band’s comeback album, Rivals. He simply said they wanted to make “a nasty record.” Mission accomplished, Mikey. (more…)

The pioneers of industrial-tinged extreme metal, Fear Factory, will hit the road this July in anticipation of their upcoming Nuclear Blast Entertainment debut.“We are beyond excited and honored to be touring with our great friends in Coal Chamber,” states the group. “It’s been years since both bands have shared the same stage together. It’s funny that it took us all these years to actually tour together but we are stoked that it’s finally happening!” View tour dates inside: (more…)


Coal Chamber, 2015

I remember in 1997 reading an album review (in a magazine called Metal Maniacs, I think) of a hot nu-metal band on the rise called Coal Chamber. Of course, this was a review of the L.A. band’s debut Roadrunner Records album, which features now classics “Sway” (yes, the “roof is on fire” song); Coal Chamber’s signature track, “Loco” (with a riff that is is a sped up version of Korn’s “Blind”); and the silly, but heavy as hell “Big Truck.” At the time, nu-metal wasn’t only hot, it was the shit and the members of these bands knew it—just watch the interview snippet with Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland on Metal Evolution. He says kids at the time were snatching up anything they could with the nu-metal sound and it was crazy. I’m not ashamed to admit I was one of them. So naturally, reading that review—which basically described Coal Chamber’s sound as “Korn Jr.” and dropped words like “rhyming” and “downtuned”—had me sold.

That album propelled the band into the nu-metal and metal spotlight, because this was one of the heavier and meaner bands that had come out of the scene until this point. Frontman Dez Fafara was a lunatic on the mic, and the band—guitarist Miguel Rascón, drummer Mike Cox and original bassist Rayna Foss—had a an unpredictable nature when you listened to its music. It was like music from a mental hospital. After the debut, Chamber Music, was released in 1999 and had a breakthrough hit with a cover of Peter Gabriel’s “Shock the Monkey” featuring Ozzy Osbourne. The band appeared on MTV (back when it still played videos), toured on Ozzfests and was one of the bigger, more recognizable metal bands during that short period. Dark Days was released in 2002, and then it all came to an end with inner turmoil breaking the band apart, members being fired and not speaking to each other for years. Dez went on to form DevilDriver, while the other members—well, I’m not entirely sure what the other members did.

But time heals all wounds, and in 2011, Coal Chamber reformed, playing the Soundwave festival in Australia, Download and other festivals in 2013, and then touring with Sevendust and Lacuna Coil the same year. And they said they were “taking the reunion slow.”

Now in 2015, the band has emerged with the hard-hitting, self-described “nasty” Rivals (May 19, Napalm Records), its first studio album in 13 years. With soon-to-be live staples like “I.O.U Nothing,” “Another Nail in the Coffin,” the Soulfly-like title track, along with “Suffer in Silence” (featuring Al Jourgensen of Ministry), Rivals is a strong and unexpected return. Just as the album was released, Live Metal’s Jeff Maki chatted with drummer Mikey Cox about the reunion and Coal Chamber history, and asked the question, “Why now?” (more…)

Reunited 90’s nu-metallers, Coal Chamber (featuring Dez Fafara of DevilDriver) have debuted another track from its upcoming release, Rivals (due out May 19 via Napalm Records). The track, “Suffer In Silence” also features Ministry’s Al Jourgenson providing some guest backing vocals. I’m liking this track more than the previous taste of Rivals we had with, “I.O.U. Nothing.” “Suffer In Silence”‘s simplicity is reminiscent of material from the band’s 1997 self-titled debut, but also has a goth-like feel, reminding me of 1999’2 Chamber Music. (more…)


Morgan Rose of Sevendust

Live photos: Sevendust, Coal Chamber, Lacuna Coil

Review by Greg Maki

What more can I say about Sevendust at this point? I have been a die-hard fan since I first heard “Black” in spring 1997, seen them live almost 20 times and covered them extensively here at Live Metal. In 16 years, they have never disappointed me; if anything, they’ve only gotten better with age. They’re easily among my top five favorite bands of all time. (more…)


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DevilDriver-BeastReview by Greg Maki
Beast might be the most appropriate album title I’ve ever heard. For a beast is exactly what DevilDriver’s fifth album is. This one rages from start to finish, fueled by something animalistic, primal. The band dialed its fury back a little on its previous effort, Pray for Villains (2009), which now feels like a dam that barely withheld the destruction unleashed on Beast. Even a cover of a country song is a full-on metallic assault. (more…)


Ozzfest 2010. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)



With its first three albums, DevilDriver firmly established itself as a leading force in American metal. Its fourth effort, Pray for Villains, takes the band to another level. Vocalist Dez Fafara, guitarists Mike Spreitzer and Jeff Kendrick, bassist Jon Miller and drummer John Boecklin have all raised their game on an album that showcases both virtuoso musicianship and great songwriting—a rare feat. The relentless road warriors began their assault on audiences across the globe earlier in the year, long before the album’s release, and in late July, started a headlining run on the U.S. Thrash and Burn Tour. Dez recently checked in with Live Metal’s Greg Maki to discuss the new album, touring and more. (more…)