Beast (DevilDriver album)

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Beast
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Studio album by DevilDriver
Released February 22, 2011 (2011-02-22)
Studio Sonic Ranch, Tornillo, TX, USA
see Studios
Genre Groove metal, Melodic death metal
Length 55:01
Label Roadrunner
Producer Mark Lewis
DevilDriver chronology
Pray for Villains
(2009)
Beast
(2011)
Winter Kills
(2013)
Singles from Beast
  1. "Dead to Rights"
    Released: January 10, 2011
Alternative cover
Special edition
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 79/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 4/5 stars[2]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
Blabbermouth.net 8.5/10[4]
The Boston Phoenix 3/4 stars[5]
PopMatters 7/10[6]
Revolver 4/5[7]
Rock Sound 8/10[8]

Beast is the fifth studio album by groove metal band DevilDriver. It was released on February 22, 2011 in the United States.[9] It is also their last album to feature longtime bassist Jon Miller who left in 2011.

Beast sold an over 11,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at number 42 on the Billboard 200 chart.[10][11]

Recording and production[edit]

Beast was recorded at Sonic Ranch studios in Tornillo, Texas;[12] and was produced by Mark Lewis.

“The record is extreme,” vocalist Dez Fafara told Revolver magazine. “And it attacks from start to finish. If you liked [2007's] The Last Kind Words, this is like that on steroids and crank, driving a Buick Skylark 200 miles an hour straight to Vegas.” “I felt like I was waking up and experiencing a moment of clarity that brought out all these pissed off, negative emotions,” Fafara said of making the album. “It’s an all-out release of pain. “It’s been a beast of a year and a half, and it’s still going,” he added. Regarding the new album’s musical direction, drummer John Boecklin stated, “It’s interesting to me — it’s not the fastest shit we have done, nor the slowest, [but it] just [has] lots of groove. But to me, when people say ‘it’s got groove,’ I think it’s a nice way of saying simple and boring these days. We wanted to avoid this. “Our record has a great contrast of dark riffs, stomp bouncing drums with the right amount of blasts and double bass, and outstanding vocal delivery from Dez that takes it past your average approach of the metal attempt. I’m not talking about reinventing the wheel or nothing. I just think our new album sits in its own corner from any of our other albums.” The band recorded 14 songs during the Beast sessions, with 12 tracks making the standard version of the CD and all 14 songs appearing on the special edition.

The special edition also includes the band's documentary You May Know Us from the Stage and official music videos spanning DevilDriver's career thus far.

Promotion and release[edit]

The first single "Dead to Rights" was released January 10, 2011.

The online Beast E-Team created by Daniel Wells and Sean Smith was mostly responsible for crashing Roadrunner Records systems on Monday, January 10, 2011, when the first single "Dead to Rights" was released for download.

A second track, "Coldblooded" was posted on the 28 January.

On 31 January, a new track "Bring the Fight (To the Floor)" was posted though Revolver magazine as a "Revolver Bootleg series".[13] Revolver also interviewed Dez Fafara about the song, and this is what he said:

"Two things, really. When you’re tired or someone is running their mouth, so you say, "Fuck it. Let’s bring this fight to the floor…" and the obvious "Get in the pit."[...] "The chorus was the first; the inspiration was the same as above."[...] "Lyrically, this thing poured outta me. The record itself had some trying moments."[...] "Feedback about the record has been great and we are all pleased, as we worked very hard on this effort."

The French site jeuxactu.com got the exclusive for "Talons Out (Teeth Sharpened)", another track from the album the 4th February.[14]

The metal specialized site MetalSucks got an exclusive to the music video of the first single "Dead to Rights" the 9th February,[15] it's the first music video from the new album.

Another song, "You Make Me Sick" was made available for streaming the 14th February via Blabbermouth!.[12]

"Alt Press" got an exclusive stream of the track "Blur" the 16th February, frontman Dez Fafara said about the song:

"This track is simple [and] to the point: [It's about] when you walk in the bus or backstage to the usual vampiric atmosphere of people you don't know, drinking your beer, smoking your herb, monopolizing conversation as if it were their house and you wished they would all take a long walk off a short pier and disappear. The line 'I don't know you but I fucking hate you' says it all. Get the fuck out and stay out, you groupie lush!"[16]

The whole album was made available for streaming via DevilDriver's official Myspace the 18th February, 4 days before the album's release.[17]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Dez Fafara; all music composed by Mike Spreitzer, Jeff Kendrick, Jon Miller and John Boecklin, except where noted.

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Dead to Rights"     4:53
2. "Bring the Fight (To the Floor)"     3:33
3. "Hardened"     5:46
4. "Shitlist"     4:04
5. "Talons Out (Teeth Sharpened)"     4:20
6. "You Make Me Sick"     5:18
7. "Coldblooded"     4:06
8. "Blur"     4:58
9. "The Blame Game"     4:00
10. "Black Soul Choir" (16 Horsepower cover) David Eugene Edwards Edwards, Jean-Yves Tola, Kevin Soll 5:07
11. "Crowns of Creation"     4:55
12. "Lend Myself to the Night"     4:01
Total length: 55:01

CD credits[edit]

Writing, performance and production credits are adapted from the album liner notes.[18]

Personnel[edit]

DevilDriver
Production
  • Mark Lewisproduction, engineering
  • Charles Godfrey – assistant engineer, drum tech
  • Juan Sebastian – additional assisting
  • Daniel Castleman – vocal recording assistant
  • Mike Spreitzer – music pre-production, additional recording
  • Greg Weiss – vocal pre-production, additional recording
  • Andy Sneap – mixing, mastering
Artwork and design
  • Dez Fafara – art direction
  • Ryan Clark – design
  • Travis Shinn – photography

Studios[edit]

  • Sonic Ranch, Tornillo, TX, USA – music recording
  • Lambesis Studios, Del Mar, CA, USA – vocal recording
  • Ocean242 Studios – music pre-production, additional recording
  • Backstage Recording Studios, Derbyshire, UK – mixing, mastering

Venues[edit]

  • Mr. Smalls, Midvale, PA, USA – live recording of "Grinfucked" on October 13, 2005

DVD credits[edit]

You may Know Us from the Stage
"Not all Who Wander Are Lost"
"Clouds Over California"
  • Nathan Cox – directing
  • Brian Robinson – production
"Pray for Villains"
  • Nathan Cox – directing
  • Ken Franchi – production
"Fate Stepped In", "Another Night in London"
  • Daniel J. Burke – directing, production

Charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[19] 9
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[20] 40
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[21] 100
French Albums (SNEP)[22] 144
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[23] 43
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[24] 59
UK Albums (OCC)[25] 51
UK Rock & Metal Albums (OCC)[26] 1
US Billboard 200[27] 42
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[28] 2
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[29] 10
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[30] 15

References[edit]

  1. ^ 'Beast' at Metacritic
  2. ^ Bowar, Chad. "DevilDriver - 'Beast'". About.com. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  3. ^ Prato, Greg. Beast - DevilDriver at AllMusic
  4. ^ Ogle, Ryan. "DevilDriver - Beast". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  5. ^ Christopher, Michael (2011-03-09). "DevilDriver - Beast". The Boston Phoenix. Archived from the original on 2012-11-02. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  6. ^ Colgan, Chris (2011-04-28). "DevilDriver: Beast". PopMatters. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  7. ^ Borjon, Jeremy (2011-02-25). "Review: DevilDriver – Beast". Revolver. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  8. ^ "DevilDriver - Beast". Rock Sound. 2011-02-11. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  9. ^ "DevilDriver 'Beast' Unleashed". October 25, 2010. Archived from the original on 29 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-18. 
  10. ^ "DEVILDRIVER's 'Beast' Cracks U.S. Top 50". Blabbermouth.net. 2011-03-02. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  11. ^ "Beast - DevilDriver". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  12. ^ a b BLABBERMOUTH.NET – DEVILDRIVER: Another New Song Available For Streaming – Feb. 14, 2011 Archived February 17, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ Revolver Magazine
  14. ^ DevilDriver: le titre "Talons Out (Teeth Sharpened)" en écoute (exclu mondiale)
  15. ^ VIDEO PREMIERE: DEVILDRIVER’S “DEAD TO RIGHTS”
  16. ^ Exclusive Stream: DevilDriver’s “Blur” – Alt Press
  17. ^ DevilDriver
  18. ^ Beast (booklet). DevilDriver. Roadrunner Records. 2011. 
  19. ^ "Australiancharts.com – DevilDriver – Beast". Hung Medien.
  20. ^ "Austriancharts.at – DevilDriver – Beast" (in German). Hung Medien.
  21. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – DevilDriver – Beast" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  22. ^ "Lescharts.com – DevilDriver – Beast". Hung Medien.
  23. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH.
  24. ^ "Swisscharts.com – DevilDriver – Beast". Hung Medien.
  25. ^ "DevilDriver | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart
  26. ^ "Official Rock & Metal Albums Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company.
  27. ^ "DevilDriver – Chart history" Billboard 200 for DevilDriver.
  28. ^ "DevilDriver – Chart history" Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums for DevilDriver.
  29. ^ "DevilDriver – Chart history" Billboard Top Rock Albums for DevilDriver.
  30. ^ "DevilDriver – Chart history" Billboard Top Tastemaker Albums for DevilDriver.

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