If you are a fan of DevilDriver than you are in for a treat. "Winter Kills" is the latest installment for the band. Armed with Dez Fafara at the helm, this release provides everything you have grown to love about DevilDriver. It has the anger, the power, the fury, the strength of the musician shine in this.
Right from the beginning you hear the opening onslaught with the galloping madness of the powered riffs. "Oath of the Abyss" is a brutal opening track. Included in this song is the catchy hooks in the chorus. Beautiful melodic opening and ending. "Ruthless" follows perfectly with a carefully orchestrated drenching riff that makes you feel like your face was dragged for miles on concrete."Desperate Times" is an elaborate track with really deep lyrics. It is an extremely upbeat song with a nice steady riff and melody line. The title track "Winter Kills" is another ball buster from the get-go. An unrelentless audio attack in unleashed with this song. The chorus is extremely catchy and makes you want more, this song is one you will want to hit replay over and over again. "The Appetite" seems to be the track that this release will be more remembered for. It has the violence, the great lyrics, the powerful riffs and the melody lines, a classic in the making. "Gutted" is a timing masterpiece. This song live would be a deadly thing. Through the first run through it gives you the sense that it needed Ritalin and a Xanax to calm down, but in the long run it can't help this vicious tide."Curses and Epitaphs" is a perfect song in the mix on this release. It is intense with a great main riff and the vocals stay strong and persevere throughout. "Carings Overkill" this track showcases the drummer (John Boecklin) and collaboration between guitarists Spreitzer and Kendrick. An indeed powerful and locked in song. It also gives the dueling solo's of the two which gives you insight into their lead playing. "Haunting Refrain" is a great song to listen to. It has a powerful solo, gripping riffs and the lyrics are top notch. This track kept me tied into it throughout.
Overall: I give this a 9/10. "Winter Kills" is a powerhouse CD, filled with everything you have come to love about DevilDriver.This release teases the listener with guitar brilliance's and drummer prowess. Lyrically "Winter Kills" is some of the best work Dez has put together. I would have given this release a 10/10 if the guitars were able to open up more and rip more solo's. It was always a tease. Other than that, this is a great release for DevilDriver and deserves to be put in your player and blasted!
"Winter Kills" track listing:
01. The Oath
03. Desperate Times
04. Winter Kills
05. The Appetite
07. Curses And Epitaph's
08. Caring's Overkill
09. Hunting Refrain
10. Tripping Over Tombstones
12. Shudder (deluxe-digibook bonus track)
13. Back Down To The Grave (deluxe-digibook bonus track)
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