Outlaws 'til the End, Vol. 1

Outlaws 'til the End, Vol. 1

by DevilDriverDevilDriver


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The follow-up to 2016's reliably punitive Trust No One, DevilDriver's eighth studio long-player asks the age-old question: Would Dwight Yoakam's "Thousand Miles from Nowhere" sound better with blastbeats? That same query is applied to Steve Earle's "Copperhead Road," Willie Nelson's "Whiskey River," and nine other classics of the genre on the competent and occasionally thrilling Outlaws 'til the End, Vol. 1. It's certainly the group's most adventurous outing to date, but that's not saying a whole lot, as DevilDriver have been cranking out shelf-stable slabs of death-focused groove-metal for over two decades. Still, it's fun hearing Dez Fafara and company pay tribute to their outlaw country heroes, especially when they allow themselves a bit of sonic wiggle room, as they do quite effectively on standouts like Hank Williams III's "Country Heroes" and Stan Jones' "Ghost Riders in the Sky," the latter of which delivers the perfect blend of brooding fury and power metal cheese. The familiarity of cuts like "Ghost Riders" and "Whiskey River" is tempered by the appearance of less-recognizable offerings like Richard Thompson's scathing anti-war rocker "Dad's Gonna Kill Me," which gets the full-DevilDriver treatment, and a guest vocal from Fear Factory's Burton C. Bell -- guest spots play a huge role on Outlaws 'til the End, with Randy Blythe (Lamb of God), Brock Lindow (36 Crazyfists), Lee Ving (Fear), John Carter Cash, and Hank Williams III all lending their talents to the festivities. Sure, it can be hard to suss out the source material when everything sounds like it's being filtered through a woodchipper -- it's unlikely that fans will be able to tell the difference between the band's originals and their Dimmu Borgir-inspired rendering of "Whiskey River" in a live setting -- but there's nothing on here that doesn't feel like a labor of love.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/06/2018
Label: Napalm
UPC: 0840588116126
catalogNumber: 11612
Rank: 36698

Album Credits

Performance Credits

DevilDriver   Primary Artist
Burton C. Bell   Guest Appearance
Lee Ving   Guest Appearance
Hank Williams   Guest Appearance
John Carter Cash   Guest Appearance
Diego Ibarra   Bass,Group Member
Dez Fafara   Vocals,Group Member
Randy Blythe   Guest Appearance
Mark Morton   Guest Appearance
Austin D'Amond   Drums,Group Member
Neal Tiemann   Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Mike Spreitzer   Bass,Guitar,Group Member
Brock 36   Guest Appearance
Ana Cristina Cash   Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Johnny Cash   Composer
Dwight Yoakam   Composer
David Blue   Composer
Steve Earle   Composer
Richard Thompson   Composer
Johnny Bush   Composer
Stan Jones   Composer
Steve Evetts   Producer
Hank Williams   Composer
Bobby Borchers   Composer
Gary Gentry   Composer
Wayne Kemp   Composer
Mack Vickery   Composer
Rick Beresford   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Harlan Sanders   Composer
Paul Stroud   Composer
Chuck Turner   Engineer
Mike Spreitzer   Programming,Guitar Engineer,Bass Engineer,Additional Production
Johnny Jones   Artwork
John Blayne Detterline   Composer

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