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CD Reviews: D.R.U.G.S. and DevilDriver



Sex, ‘D.R.U.G.S.’ and Rock & Roll

The debut album of the rock group known as Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows or D.R.U.G.S. presents a modern sound that is reminiscent of metal and alternative genres.

“We can’t express how excited and proud we are to release our new album,” the band posted on their website.

This fusion sounds similar to groups like the Used, AFI and Story of the Year.

D.R.U.G.S formed in 2009 and is made up of former members from groups like; Chiodos, Matchbook Romance, From First to Last and Story of the Year.

Front man Craig Owens formed the band after leaving Chiodos.

“Blessings often come in disguise, and the formation of Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows (D.R.U.G.S.) is a perfect example of how the ending of one experience can be a transformative stepping-stone toward something greater,” A press release at the bands record label website, says.

The album D.R.U.G.S presents a youthful sound that would appeal to the younger high school and college-aged listeners.

Each song starts with an excellent guitar riff which leads to explosive vocals from Owens.

The sound of D.R.U.G.S presents a harmony of drums, guitar and bass. They also throw in a few unexpected sounds from an orchestra, acoustic guitar and some electronic sound.

The lyrics of each song are very honest, explicit, and very true to life experiences.

Most of their songs pertain to relationships, friends, family and the general bad experiences of life.

Despite the lyrics, the general feel of the album is somewhat positive. It’s the type of music one would listen to when mad or upset and somehow are better after listening.

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DevilDriver release the ‘Beast’

This heavy metal group from Santa Barbara, Calif. has been recording since 2003.

“For us, it’s been a constant growth, musically,” front man Dez Fafara said.

The release of “Beast” marks their fifth studio album.

“DevilDriver tear[s] their way through heavy metal again with ‘Beast,’ the band’s fifth album for Roadrunner Records,” says

This album immediately sends heavy beats and guitar riffs to your ears as the music begins to play like a thunderstorm of hardcore metal.

Did I mention the guitar riffs? They’re awesome.

What’s unique about “Beast” is each song has its own sound.

Each track begins with fresh riffs and instrumentals, and like true metal leads you to the in-your-face vocals of Fafara.

Fafara’s screaming and growling may come off obnoxious at first, but as the music rolls on, you tend to get used to him.

You may find DevilDriver’s sound to be similar to groups like other Roadrunner artists Killswitch Engage and Chimaira.

“Beast” does a nice job in staying true to the traditional metal sound, and not that hair band metal that haunted the earth in the 1980s and 1990s.

One drawback to “Beast” is it may sound too similar to other metal groups and music released in the past decade.

However, despite the likeness of others, DevilDriver hammers their music into your music player, whatever it may be these days, and makes you wish you listened to metal a lot sooner.

To check out DevilDriver, and order your copy of “Beast,” please visit


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