Aniruddh “Andrew” Bansal of Metal Assault recently conducted an interview with vocalist Dez Fafara of California metallers DEVILDRIVER. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Metal Assault: Your new album,”Winter Kills”, is coming out on August 27th via Napalm Records. I was listening to it, and I think it’s pretty dynamic. It’s very raw in many ways but it’s also melodic. Would you say that’s a fair description?
Dez: Yeah, absolutely! It’s got a lot of presence to it. It’s upfront and not over-produced. The vocals for pretty much every single track were recorded in first takes, so it has a very “live” feel. It’s full of groove and hooks, and has very tight arrangements. So yeah, that’s a fair assessment.
Metal Assault: Talking of the past two records,”Pray For Villains”was a pretty melodic, metalcore-type album but then”Beast”was a lot heavier, and now you are coming out with”Winter Kills”. What would you say about the musical changes from album to album? Are you going heavier with each one?