Devildriver has shared a powerful new single and new lyric video for their new song, ‘Keep Away From Me’! The song is the lead track from the first of two new planned Devildriver albums, Dealing With Demons I – is set for release on 9th October, 2020 via Napalm Records and will be available in several formats. Watch the clip now!
Regarding “Keep Away From Me”, frontman Dez Fafara comments: “I’ve been social distancing since I was born. I’ve learned to try and embrace my Agoraphobia all my life. This is what the lyrics are about as we are all sheltered in place. They seem very clear. Now is not the time bands should shy away from the obvious, by trying to push the narrative through their art as if everything is alright with the world and ‘it’s metal video visual as usual time’, as it is clearly NOT that time.
We as artists should speak up, inspire and change lives, or paint a picture – a time capsule if you will – by the narrative we push in uncertain times. This video is one such art piece as my band and thousands of others are forced into quarantine – cannot rehearse, take photos, or perform – to make a music video for the very people that have supported us for years. It’s trying times for the world and my outlook through this video is simply this: ‘here’s what we are going through as a family on this planet and as we embrace what is yet to come… please Stand Together’.”
[Album Artwork: Johnny Jones at COMA]
Dealing With Demons I showcases the supreme form of the band – Dez, guitarists Mike Spreitzer and Neal Tiemann, drummer Austin D’Amond and bassist Diego Ibarra. This isn’t just some of the most lethal DEVILDRIVER material to date, but some of their most memorable too. Co-produced by Steve Evetts and guitarist Mike Spreitzer, it’s a triumph for teamwork and tenacity.
Dez Fafara says about the band’s writing and recording process: “I said to the guys, ‘if we just met today, what kind of music would we make? How would we stand the test of time, stand apart from others and stand above the competition? Let’s not focus on the past sound. Instead let’s kick into the future together.’”
With new milestones like Dez Fafara’s eerie verses on “Wishing” and the frontman’s first co-authored lyric (“Nest Of Vipers” was written by Dez and Neal Tiemann), Dealing With Demons I ferociously delivers the goods while kicking open several new doors for DEVILDRIVER to power through in the future. It’s a clearing of the emotional decks, but also evidence that Dez and his band mates have given DEVILDRIVER a kick in the ass. Demons are getting dealt with in the harshest of manners.
Dez Fafara adds: “It’s time to lay it all out, on two records. I’m never gonna revisit these subjects again. I’ve been writing about this sort of human nature, disloyalty and dishonesty, love and loss, since the beginning of my career. I am going in a more lyrically woke direction in the future. A lot of people say my music gives them strength. But what they don’t realise is that these topics haunt me. Over the course of these last few years we fled from wildfires, my wife battled cancer and now we are going through a pandemic… so it is what it is… let’s dump it all on the table and purge. I want to go through different topics in the future, so here we are now. I’ve laid it all out on a double record for all of you to hear.”
This is just the beginning – fans should prepare for the onslaught of what is to come with the impending second volume, which promises to go even harder. This is a two-part acceleration into the future.
Dez adds about the upcoming remainder of the Dealing With Demons saga: “Volume two will get into some very heavy topics as well. You’ll see the band progress even further musically as we finish this ode to the purge of all things Demonic.”
Dealing With Demons I Tracklist:
- Keep Away From Me
- Vengeance Is Clear
- Nest Of Vipers
- You Give Me A Reason To Drink (feat. Simon Blade Fafara)
- Dealing With Demons
- The Damned Don’t Cry
- Scars Me Forever
An array of bundles and formats are available via both the Napalm Records and DEVILDRIVER official stores, including CDs, exclusive vinyl in various colours, picture discs, cassette tapes, skateboards, notebooks, clothing and more.
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Plus, pre-order any format of Dealing With Demons I via the Napalm Records store and you’re automatically entered in a giveaway to win one of two exclusive Dealing With Demons I banners.
Items above available in DevilDriver Official Stores only, worldwide
CD Digipack + Metal Symbol + Notebook Bundle (Napalm Records Mailorder only, limited to 300)
Watch our 2019 interview with Neal Tiemann discussing the album:
Dez Fafara – Vocals
Mike Spreitzer – Guitar
Neal Tiemann – Guitar
Diego Ibarra – Bass
Austin D’Amond – Drums