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Trust No One

The energizer bunny’s got nothing on Dez Fafara. That man just keeps on going, turning out album after album. When Coal Chamber broke up, he dove head first into his new group DevilDriver. And every two years, a new DevilDriver album came out like clockwork. Seriously you could set your watch to it.

They toured, recorded, released and repeated. A little more than a decade later, DevilDriver finally took time off so Dez could record a new Coal Chamber album and tour with that. And I’m sure some might have thought their “much needed break” was the end of the band and if it was anyone else, they might have been right, but this is Dez Fafara we’re talking about.

Now before you start spouting off all the other musicians out there in multiple bands, this is different. Corey Taylor is awesome and he keeps himself crazy busy between Slipknot, Stone Sour and book tours, but he’s not turning out new material at Dez’s speed.

So the question here is one of quality or quantity. Is it possible that Dez is burning himself out over the consistency in which he records and releases new music? These albums come out so fast and then they’re back on the road again until they’re recording the next album, you can’t help but ask yourself if the band is driving themselves straight into the grave. Add to that, Dez is the only remaining original member of the band, cause even those who tried to keep up, couldn’t and you have a ticking time bomb situation.

Or at least you would, if it was anyone other than Dez. This man is not human because even without stopping, he is still turning out solid album after solid album. And the new DevilDriver album “Trust No One” is a no exception. This is a solid album that delivers from the first hard-hitting double bass drum to the fade out of the last guitar power chord.

Trust No One
(Napalm Records)
Written by: Ryan M. Andrews
7.5 out of 10

They are not reinventing the wheel; they are just simply giving their fans what they want. And there isn’t anything wrong with that. If you like DevilDriver you’re going to enjoy cranking this new album and if you don’t, then this isn’t going to change your mind either. Though for true DevilDriver fans that can see and hear the growth of the band from album to album, you will notice that “Trust No One” pulls back a little, giving a hint of a melodic death metal sound. The music is still very much the SoCal groove metal style that they are known for, but I for one, appreciate the slightly different direction the band goes in on this album.

Released by Napalm Records, “Trust No One” is out now and well worth every penny for even the occasional DevilDriver fan.

Album highlights: “Daybreak”, “Trust No One”, “This Deception”. 7.5 out of 10

As a final note I am sure in the time it took me to write this review, Dez has probably written a new double disc album.

Ryan M. Andrews, HMS

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