Following the dissolution of Marilyn Manson/Korn-aping, nu-metal also-rans Coal Chamber, vocalist Dez Fafara hooked up with guitarists Evans Pitts and Jeffrey Kendrick, bassist Jon Miller, and drummer John Boecklin to form DevilDriver -- a rather more extreme band dedicated to the subsequent hardcore-meets-death metal trends. Signed to Roadrunner like Fafara's previous group, DevilDriver released their eponymous debut to mixed reviews in 2003, and then its even less appreciated follow-up, The Fury of Our Maker's Hand (where Pitts was replaced by Mike Spreitzer), a couple of years later. 2007 saw the release of Last Kind Words, again on Roadrunner. Regardless of public opinion, the band has toured relentlessly across the U.S. and Europe behind all three releases. the band got their day in the sun when their 2009 album, Pray for the Villains, debuted at #35 on the Billboard 200. After touring with bands like Behemoth and Slipknot, DevilDriver went back into the studio to begin work on their fifth album. Beast, Produced by Mark Lewis, was released in 2011. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia
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