DEVILDRIVER Drops Haunting Cover of “Country Heroes”, Featuring Original Songwriter HANK3
Featuring Additional Guest Appearances by John Carter Cash, Ana Cristina Cash, Randy Blythe & Mark Morton of Lamb of God, Lee Ving of Fear, Wednesday13, Burton C. Bell of Fear Factory, and Brock Lindow of 36 Crazyfists
Globally renowned, chart-topping band DEVILDRIVER recently announced the upcoming release of their highly-anticipated full-length album of outlaw country-gone-metal anthems, Outlaws ‘Til The End: Vol. 1. The monstrous collection of savage metal interpretations will be released via Napalm Records on July 6, 2018, and pre-orders are available now in multiple formats via http://smarturl.it/
The wait is over for new music! DEVILDRIVER just dropped their full, haunting rendition of Hank3‘s “Country Heroes”, featuring Hank3 himself on vocals. The album’s starter track kicks in with an ominous classic outlaw/country western intro, instantly careening into a heavy assault accented by Hank3‘s Ozzy Osbourne-influenced vocal approach. Quickly veering towards full heavy metal with a grooving double bass foundation, the track travels into heavy-hitting signature DEVILDRIVER territory, wrapping up with a hair-raising, whiskey-soaked solo by guitarist Neal Tiemann.
“This record would not have meant as much to me without having Hank3 on board,” says DEVILDRIVER vocalist Dez Fafara. “He is one of the most authentic and real outlaw country artists out there right now. I chose to record “Country Heroes” because the lyrics are extremely well-written, and using the names of all the outlaws within the song really does the song justice. ‘I’m drinking some George Jones and little bit a Coe…’ etc., that is genius writing from Hank3 and should be recognized as such.”
“I’ve heard this song as ‘heavy’ in my head for a very long time, so to re-track it and have Hank3 appear only to sing almost Ozzy-ish is just an over the top treat to the ears! Enjoy,”adds Dez.
DEVILDRIVER recently revealed part one of a new interview commentary series supporting the release of Outlaws ‘Til The End: Vol. 1. Entitled “Intro to Outlaw Country”, part one features members of DEVILDRIVER as well as album guests Randy Blythe of Lamb of God, Lee Ving of Fear, Hank3, Wednesday 13, Burton C. Bell of Fear Factory and Brock Lindow of 36 Crazyfists discussing their personal introductions to the outlaw country genre and how it has influenced them as musicians. Check out the “Intro to Outlaw Country” segment here:
From the opening seconds of Hank3‘s”Country Heroes” onward, Outlaws ‘Til The End: Vol. 1is simply one of the most invigorating records the band have made yet. More importantly, these evocative, irresistible songs have all been wholly rebuilt from the ground up, powered by the classic DEVILDRIVER sound and embellished with Fafara’s unmistakable feral roar. Outlaws ‘Til The End: Vol. 1 was produced, mixed and recorded with Steve Evetts (Dillinger Escape Plan, Every Time I Die, Sepultura, The Cure), and co-produced by DevilDriver guitarist Mike Spreitzer. The album was mastered by renowned engineer Alan Douches.
Completing this unprecedented project is a host of metal and country luminaries providing unforgettable cameos: horror metal icon Wednesday13 lends his incensed rasp to George Jones’ “If Drinking Don’t Kill Me”, 36 Crazyfists frontman Brock Lindow brings fire and soul to Steve Earle‘s, “Copperhead Road”, and Fear Factory‘s Burton C. Bell helps to turn Richard Thompson‘s anti-war classic, “Dad’s Gonna Kill Me”, into a brooding gothic metal extravaganza. Meanwhile, Lamb of God members Randy Blythe and Mark Morton contribute to an exhilarating decimation of Willie Nelson‘s “Whiskey River” before Randy makes a second appearance on DEVILDRIVER‘s version of cowboy standard “Ghost Riders In The Sky”; the latter featuring the son and daughter of Johnny Cash himself, John Carter Cash and Ana Cristina Cash. The album also features the iconic voice of Fear, US punk rock legend Lee Ving, on Johnny Cash‘s “The Man Comes Around” and David Allan Coe‘s “The Ride”.
Still charging forward, proudly against the grain and on the form of their lives, DEVILDRIVER have never made a record like Outlaws ‘Til The End: Vol. 1 before. But then, nor has anyone else.The perfect marriage of badass country grit and neck-wrecking groove metal supremacy, it’sa pistol-packing game-changer delivered by true heavy metal outlaws.
Stay tuned for more new music and videos coming soon in anticipation of Outlaws ‘Til The End: Vol. 1.