Dez Fafara of DevilDriver joined Jessie David from Metal Wani to discuss the highly anticipated upcoming album, ‘Outlaws ‘Til The End’.
The album will be taking outlaw country tunes and turning them into metal anthems. Due to the nature of the album, it has stirred up controversy. Some fans get nervous when they hear the word ‘Country’ Dez discussed how he handles the controversy and how it only really becomes a problem when fans think the new album will be country songs in a country direction. Dez is looking forward to seeing those fans initial reaction when they hear how heavy the new album is. These are covers with a DevilDriver spin. Originally there were 100 songs on the table to choose from, then they just narrowed it down from there. Dez said “If you’re a metal fan you’re going to love this”
The album will feature a handful of guest ranging from, Burton C. Bell, Randy Blythe, Mark Morton, and John Cash Jnr. Johnny Cash was a huge influence for Dez so he knew that he wanted John Cash Jnr from the beginning, but he didn’t intend to have so many guests on the album. Word got around and people wanted to get involved.
The upcoming album, is only volume 1 Dez said “I already have guests for vol. 2 who are massive. This has taken a life of my own.”
During the interview Dez mentioned that DevilDriver are working on a new album. 3 years in the making. Their goal is to release a new album every single year. Dez said that this new album will be “The record of their career” June and July they will be entering the studio for a double album release. As of now they have 48 songs and they will be narrowing it down to 20-22. Dez went on to say “This will be the record we will be judged by for the rest of our career, this will be the record that other artists judge us, as well as themselves once they hear this.” This will be a double staggered release so fans will get a new album this year, in 2019 and again in 2020.
Dez also mentioned how he believes artist should be releasing something new once a year. Noting the length of the new Tool album saying “I know Maynard, and that album will be worth the wait.”
‘Outlaws ‘Til The End’ has been two and a half years in the making and will be released July 6th