DEVICE’s Debut Album-Good or Bad?
David Draimen is a pretty well known name in the music and metal community. The frontman of Disturbed and a Twitter feed that is constantly being updated with something political. I LOVE Disturbed, so when I heard they were going on hiatus, I was disappointed and worried. Draimen is keeping busy though with his side project DEVICE, whom just released a debut album…is it good though?
The first single off the album is “Vilify” which I first heard hear on WGRD, and I love the song. That song alone prompted me to await the arrival of the new album. This next part was frustrating though…
Finding the damn album at stores was NEARLY impossible…
I checked every Best Buy in the Grand Rapids area, and they were ALL SOLD OUT! This then heightened my expectations of that album questioning to myself, “Ok, it’s nowhere, is that album that good?” I even checked the Best Buy customer kiosk to see if it was anywhere…no West Michigan Best Buy had it…SOLD OUT!
Fortunately, I ran to FYE at Rivertown Mall and found the LAST….yes, the LAST copy of DEVICE. Now to sit down in my car and see what this fine trip was all about.
I like it, it has a strong “Industrial” sound to it, which fits quite well with Draimen’s vocal styling. Plus he recruited an Industrial guitarist from Dope named VIRUS, so that works out quite well.
Of course there is “Vilify,” which has a great music video and sound to it. It really establishes the sound of the album, hard driving music, but not so much to the fact where most people who don’t enjoy a heavy sound, will turn it off…It flows well and doesn’t slow down. Speaking of slow songs though, I think the next song that should be recognized is “Close my Eyes Forever.” Lita Ford and Ozzy were amazing in the original version of this song, but Lzzy Hale and David Draimen knock it out of the park on this one. The harmonies these 2 vocalist do together are very easy on the ears and PROMPTS you to sing along to it. It’s an amazing update on a classic song.
I don’t want to spoil to much of the album for you. Is “Out of Line,” which also features vocals by Serj Tankian (System of a Down) and bass by Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath). I’ll just say this….the headbanging track.
Is the album good? Yes…but don’t judge it right away. If you are looking for the next Disturbed album, this might and might not be for you. If you appreciate an artist trying something new and kickin’ ass while doing it…go get the album.
DEVICE is scheduled to join Megadeth on Gigantour 2013
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