Death Valley Driver

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Death Valley Driver
Origin Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Genres Death 'n' roll, Sludge metal
Years active 2008–present
Labels Diminished Fifth Records (Canada)
Members Dan Hodgson
Ryan P Gallant
Ray Blaquiere
Nick Doucette

Death Valley Driver is a Canadian heavy metal band from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, consisting of vocalist Dan Hodgson, Ryan P Gallant on drums and guitarists Ray Blacquiere and Nick Doucette.


Since forming in 2008, they have performed all over the Maritimes. In July 2011, the band was part of Rock The Hill 2011 festival in Halifax with Metallica, Coheed & Cambria, Seether, Protest The Hero, and Matt Mays.[1] In October 2012 and October 2015, the band was part of Festival Envol et Macadam Festival in Quebec City. Other notable acts included Lagwagon, Rise Against, Millencolin, Big Wig, Mute, Of Mice And Men, August Burns Red, The Vandals, and Wintersleep.2015 Line Up[2] In July 2012, the band was part of Spread the Metal Festival featuring Kataklysm, Morbid Angel, Cryptopsy, and Blackguard.

The band has also shared the stage with 3 Inches Of Blood, Goatwhore, Protest The Hero, Misery Index, Obscura and others. Their song "Sleeping All December" is being used as the entrance music for Ring of Honor tag team, The Briscoe Brothers.

Their first album, Choke The River was release April 5, 2011 on Diminished Fifth Records.[3] It spent 18 weeks on the Earshot Loud charts, peaking at No. 3. It was recorded and engineered by David Rashed of the band Haywire. Their second album, Graveyard Dead, was released on June 4, 2013.[4] It spent 2 weeks as the #1 album on the Earshot Loud charts in the summer of 2014. Carnivore's Oath was released on October 7, 2014.[5] Their 3rd and most recent album "Carnivores Oath" Listen Here! was produced by PEI guitar player Colin Buchanan (of Paper Lions fame) and mastered by Juno nominee Dan Weston (City & Colour, Classified). A press release describes the new recording as showcasing the band's continued "growth with a larger focus on melody and songwriting, while retaining their heavy roots"


Studio albums[edit]

==Music Videos==
Blood Feud - Watch Here
Smoke Whip - Watch Here
Carnivores Oath - Watch Here

== Previous Members ==
Jeremy Heisler - Bass
Adam Praught - Bass
Ric Rumbolt - Bass
Trevor Richards - Guitar
Evan Gallant - Guitar
Alain Joseph Daigle - Drums

Nominations and awards[edit]

East Coast Music Awards (ECMA)[edit]

  • 2011: Loud Recording Of The Year - Nominated
  • 2014: Loud Recording Of the Year - Winner

PEI Music Awards[edit]

  • 2011: Loud Recording Of The Year - Won
  • 2011: Group Recording of the Year - Nominated
  • 2011: Best New Artist - Nominated
  • 2013: Rock Recording of the Year - Nominated
  • 2015: Group Recording of the Year - Nominated

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Charlottetown band to open for Metallica - Living". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
  2. ^ "Line up 2012 - Festival". Envol et Macadam. Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
  3. ^ "Choke The River". Diminished Fifth Records. Retrieved May 19, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Graveyard Dead". Diminished Fifth Records. Retrieved May 19, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Carnivore's Oath". Diminished Fifth Records. Retrieved May 19, 2015. 

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