Device (metal band)

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Device
Origin Austin, Texas, United States
Genres
Years active 2012–2014
Labels Warner Bros.
Website deviceband.com
Members David Draiman
Virus
Will Hunt

Device was an industrial metal band started by David Draiman, frontman of the heavy metal group Disturbed.[3] Draiman was approached by Geno Lenardo, former guitarist of Filter, and together they started to work on new material.[4] The two started work on a debut album in June 2012. The result of those sessions, Device, was released on April 9, 2013. The first single and third track, "Vilify" was released to radio ahead of the album on February 19, 2013, alongside its first music video, directed by P. R. Brown. The second single and the introductory track, "You Think You Know", was released on June 11, 2013, alongside its music video, directed once again by Brown.

History[edit]

Formation and self-titled album (2012–2013)[edit]

After Disturbed went into hiatus in late 2011, frontman David Draiman announced a new side-project called Device in May 2012.[5] 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 sideproject.[3] 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.[6]

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."[7]

The band entered the studio in the beginning of June 2012,[8] and by June 6, had already finished vocals for demo versions of five songs,[4] "You Think You Know", "Recover", "Hunted", "Vilify", and "War of Lies".[4]

In January 2013, Draiman confirmed the exact 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 & Ozzy Osbourne's hit song, "Close My Eyes Forever".[10]

The album's first single, "Vilify", was released on February 19, along with a music video and a second "behind the scenes" video.[11] The band also released a number of songs on the internet for streaming prior to the album's release, including "You Think You Know" on March 25,[12] "Penance" on March 28, and "Close My Eyes Forever" on March 30.[13]

The touring band was revealed to contain drummer Will Hunt and guitarist Virus, but will not include Lenardo.[7] The band's first live show was confirmed to be performed the day after their album was released, at the Soul Kitchen Music Hall in Mobile, AL on April 10, 2013.[14]

Device appeared on the 2013 version of the Gigantour festival tour.[15]

In a 2015 interview, Draiman stated that he has no intention on making another Device album.[16]

Members[edit]

Studio
  • David Draiman – lead vocals (2012–2014)
  • Geno Lenardo – guitar, bass (2012–2014)
Touring

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[17]
AUS
[18]
AUT
[19]
BEL
(FL)

[20]
BEL
(WA)

[21]
CAN
[22]
GER
[23]
NZ
[24]
UK
[25]
Device 11 26 57 171 153 11 54 4 64

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
Act. Rock

[26]
US
Heri. Rock

[27]
US
Main. Rock

[28]
"Vilify" 2013 1 6 1 Device
"You Think You Know"[29] 30 22

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director Album
2013 "Vilify" P. R. Brown[30][31] Device
"You Think You Know"

Awards[edit]

Revolver Golden Gods Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2013 Device Best New Talent Won

Loudwire Music Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2013 Device Best New Artist Won
2013 You Think You Know Cage Match Hall of Fame Won

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Device Album Review — 5 out of 5 stars (Listen!)". 
  3. ^ a b "Disturbed Singer David Draiman Reveals Side Project Name". Loudwire.com. June 2, 2012. Retrieved May 13, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "DEVICE: Five Songs Recorded So Far". Blabbermouth.Net. Retrieved May 13, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Disturbed's David Draiman Set to Enter Studio for New Industrial Project". Loudwire.com. May 16, 2012. Retrieved May 13, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Disturbed Frontman's New Project Gets A Name | News @". Ultimate-guitar.com. Retrieved May 13, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "David Draiman's Device Confirm Release Date of Self-Titled Debut Album". Loudwire.com. January 14, 2013. Retrieved May 13, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Disturbed's David Draiman Reveals Name For New Industrial Project | Theprp.com – Metal, Hardcore And Rock News, Reviews And More". Theprp.com. May 31, 2012. Retrieved May 13, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "David Draiman's Device Secure Geezer Butler, Serj Tankian, M. Shadows + More for Debut Album". Loudwire.com. January 11, 2013. Retrieved May 13, 2013. 
  10. ^ "DAVID DRAIMAN, LZZY HALE Team Up For Cover Of LITA FORD Classic On DEVICE Debut". Blabbermouth.Net. Retrieved May 13, 2013. 
  11. ^ Johnny Firecloud (February 18, 2013). "Exclusive Premiere: Device 'Vilify' Making-Of Video". CraveOnline. Retrieved May 13, 2013. 
  12. ^ "DISTURBED Frontman's DEVICE: New Song 'You Think You Know' Available For Streaming". Blabbermouth.Net. Retrieved May 13, 2013. 
  13. ^ Revolver Magazine (March 29, 2013). "Device, Led by David Draiman of Disturbed, Debut New Cover Song, "Close My Eyes Forever" Featuring Lzzy Hale of Halestorm - Heavy Metal News | Music Videos |Golden Gods Awards". revolvermag.com. Retrieved May 13, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Facebook". Facebook. Retrieved May 13, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Interview with Dave Mustaine of Megadeth (by 95X)". 95X.com. Retrieved April 21, 2013. 
  16. ^ "DISTURBED's DAVID DRAIMAN Has No Intentions Of Making Another DEVICE Album". September 11, 2015. 
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  21. ^ "Discographie Device (David Draiman)". ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Device – Chart History: Canadian Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Device / Longplay". musicline.de (in German). PhonoNet. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Discography Device (David Draiman)". charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Device" (select "Albums" tab). Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  26. ^ "Device – Chart History: Active Rock". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  27. ^ "Device – Chart History: Heritage Rock". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Device – Chart History: Mainstream Rock Tracks". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  29. ^ "Active & Mainstream Rock – Available for Airplay". FMQB. Mediaspan Online Services. Archived from the original on September 26, 2011. Retrieved May 29, 2013. 
  30. ^ "Disturbed Frontman's Device: 'Vilify' Video Released". blabbermouth.net. February 19, 2013. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  31. ^ "Device Unveil Visually Rocking 'You Think You Know' Video". noisecreep.com. August 19, 2013. Retrieved August 23, 2013.