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Device
Studio album by Device
Released April 9, 2013 (2013-04-09)
Recorded 2012-2013 at David Draiman's Home Studio, in Austin, TX
Genre Industrial metal,[1] alternative metal,[1] hard rock[2]
Length 40:20
Label Warner Bros.
Producer David Draiman, Geno Lenardo
Singles from Device
  1. "Vilify"
    Released: February 19, 2013
  2. "You Think You Know"
    Released: June 11, 2013

Device is the eponymous debut album from American industrial metal band Device, featuring David Draiman of Disturbed and former Filter guitarist Geno Lenardo. It was released on April 9, 2013, with their first single, "Vilify", out on digital download in February 19, 2013. Their second single, "You Think You Know", was released in June 11, 2013.

Background[edit]

After Disturbed went into hiatus in late 2011, frontman David Draiman announced a new side-project, Device, in May 2012.[3] He revealed that he would be working with Geno Lenardo, former guitarist for Filter for their Title of Record and Amalgamut albums, in the new side project.[4] Draiman revealed his intention to do a project with more of an electronic sound, but in an industrial metal type way, sounding similar to Nine Inch Nails or Ministry, not dubstep.[5]

Draiman said of the band's formation:

"I was first approached by Geno Lenardo, who was working on a number of tracks for the Underworld soundtrack for the last Underworld film that came out … and he asked me if I would be interested in being a part of one of the tracks and I asked him to send me the music that he had in mind and I was able to make a really compelling and powerful song … [I] found that working with him as a songwriting partner was very easy and fluid. He’s a very strong songwriter in his own right."[6]

The band entered the studio in the beginning of June 2012,[7] and by June 6, had already finished vocals for demo versions of five songs,[8] "You Think You Know", "Recover", "Hunted", "Vilify" and "War of Lies".[8]

In January 2013, Draiman confirmed the release dates for their self-titled album and first single. He stated that the album would be released on April 9, 2013 and the song "Vilify" would debut on the radio on February 19.[9] He also confirmed that the album would feature guest appearances by Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Black Country Communion), M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold), Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine) and Lzzy Hale (Halestorm).[9] Draiman confirmed the track featuring Hale would be a cover of Lita Ford's "Close My Eyes Forever".[10]

Release and promotion[edit]

The Vilify video was released on February 19.[11] It depicts the band performing in a mostly dark environment with flashes of blinding white light as an android-like creature appears to be born. A behind the scenes video for the music video was released on February 18, 2013.[12]

On March 25, the band released a second track off the album, "You Think You Know".[13] On March 27, the band had premiered the song "Penance" exclusively on Billboard's website.[14] On March 29, the band's cover of Lita Ford and Ozzy Osbourne's duet "Close My Eyes Forever" was debuted exclusively by Bloody Disgusting.[15]

The touring band was revealed to contain Evanescence drummer Will Hunt and Dope guitarist Virus, but will not include Lenardo.[6] The band's first live show was performed a day after their album is released, at the Soul Kitchen Music Hall in Mobile, AL on April 10.[16]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Artistdirect 5/5 stars[2]
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Bloody Disgusting 2/5 stars[17]
Loudwire 3/5 stars[18]

Reception for the album has been mixed. Bloody Disgusting described the album as "...nothing more than Disturbed-lite..." and criticized it for being "...entirely forgettable and, disappointingly, incredibly generic".[17] Conversely, Artist Direct gave the album a glowing review, referring to the album's sound as "refreshing and reinvigorating" and calling it "...one of the year's best records".[2]

Track listing[edit]

The track listing for the album was revealed in February 2013.[19] All songs written and composed by David Draiman and Geno Lenardo, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "You Think You Know"     3:39
2. "Penance"     3:28
3. "Vilify"     3:39
4. "Close My Eyes Forever" (featuring Lzzy Hale) (Lita Ford & Ozzy Osbourne cover) Lita Ford, Ozzy Osbourne 4:36
5. "Out of Line" (featuring Serj Tankian & Geezer Butler)   3:40
6. "Hunted"     3:53
7. "Opinion" (featuring Tom Morello)   3:52
8. "War of Lies"     4:05
9. "Haze" (featuring M. Shadows)   4:24
10. "Through It All" (featuring Glenn Hughes)   5:04
Total length:
40:20

Personnel[edit]

Device
  • David Draiman – lead vocals
  • Geno Lenardo – guitars, bass and keyboards
Additional personnel
Production
  • Produced by David Draiman and Geno Lenardo
  • Engineered by Jeremy Parker
  • Mixed by Ben Grosse
  • Mix Assistant and Additional Editing by Paul Pavro
  • Mastered by Ted Jensen
  • Photography & Design by P.R. Brown
  • A&R: Nick Haussling

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[20] 26
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[21] 57
Belgium Flanders Albums (Ultratop)[22] 171
Belgium Wallonia Albums (Ultratop)[23] 153
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[24] 11
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[25] 54
New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)[26] 4
UK Albums (Official Charts Company)[27] 64
US Billboard 200[28] 11

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Device - Device : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic
  2. ^ a b c Device Album Review — 5 out of 5 stars (Listen!) @ARTISTdirect
  3. ^ Disturbed’s David Draiman Set to Enter Studio for New Industrial Project
  4. ^ Disturbed Singer David Draiman Reveals Side Project Name
  5. ^ Disturbed Frontman's New Project Gets A Name | News @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
  6. ^ a b David Draiman’s Device Confirm Release Date of Self-Titled Debut Album
  7. ^ Disturbed’s David Draiman Reveals Name For New Industrial Project | Theprp.com – Metal, Hardcore And Rock News, Reviews And More
  8. ^ a b BLABBERMOUTH.NET - DEVICE: Five Songs Recorded So Far
  9. ^ a b David Draiman’s Device Secure Geezer Butler, Serj Tankian, M. Shadows + More for Debut Album
  10. ^ Blabbermouth.Net - David Draiman, Lzzy Hale Team Up For Cover Of Lita Ford Classic On Device Debut
  11. ^ Device - "Vilify" (Official Video) - YouTube
  12. ^ Exclusive Premiere: Device 'Vilify' Making-Of Video - CraveOnline
  13. ^ BLABBERMOUTH.NET - DISTURBED Frontman's DEVICE: New Song 'You Think You Know' Available For Streaming
  14. ^ Device, 'Penance': Exclusive Song Premiere | Billboard
  15. ^ Exclusive: Stream Device’s “Close My Eyes Forever” Here - Bloody Disgusting
  16. ^ TK101 Presents DEVICE at Soul Kitchen - 4/10
  17. ^ a b Album Review: Device ‘Device’ - Bloody Disgusting
  18. ^ "Device, ‘Device’ – Album Review". Loudwire.com. 2013-04-12. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  19. ^ iTunes - Music - Device by Device
  20. ^ "Device – Device". Australiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 05 May 2013.
  21. ^ "Device - Device" (in German). Austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved 05 May 2013.
  22. ^ http://www.ultratop.be/nl/showitem.asp?interpret=Device+[David+Draiman]&titel=Device&cat=a
  23. ^ http://www.ultratop.be/fr/showitem.asp?interpret=Device+[David+Draiman]&titel=Device&cat=a
  24. ^ "Device Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Canadian Albums Chart for Device. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 05 May 2013.
  25. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved 05 May 2013.
  26. ^ "Device – Device". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved 05 May 2013.
  27. ^ "DEVICE | Artist". Official Charts. 2013-04-20. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  28. ^ "Device Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Device. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 05 May 2013.