DevilDriver: “After spending so much time writing music over the last 20 years of my life, I’ve started to have these little epiphanies here and there”

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After shaking things up with an country-flavoured cover album in 2018 – the almost surprisingly fantastic Outlaws ’Til The End: Vol. 1, which we hope receives a follow-up sooner than later – the groove-metal titans in DevilDriver are back and rearing with a crash-hot new compendium of what it is they do best: sick riffs, sour screams and ear-shattering beats. It’s called Dealing With Demons, and it’s an epic double album which spent years in the making, frontman Dez Fafara first declaring his ambitions to scribble up a multi-disc opus right around the time of Devildriver’s inception itself.

With the first half of the record out in the wild (the second due sometime in 2021), Australian Guitar chatted with lead shredder Mike Spreitzer about where such an ambitious concept came from, how they turned it into a reality, and why sometimes it’s worth arguing with the man in charge.

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…