Globally renowned, chart-topping band DEVILDRIVER recently announced the upcoming release of their highly-anticipated full-length album of outlaw country-gone-metal anthems,
Outlaws ‘Til The End: Vol. 1.
Outlaws ‘Til The End: Vol. 1.
The monstrous collection of savage metal interpretations will be released on July 6, 2018
DEVILDRIVER is pleased to reveal the fifth video in a series of interview commentary videos supporting the release of Outlaws ‘Til The End: Vol. 1.
From the opening seconds of Hank3’s “Country Heroes” onward, Outlaws ‘Til The End: Vol. 1 is simply one of the most invigorating records the band have made yet. More importantly, these evocative, irresistible songs have all been wholly rebuilt from the ground up, powered by the classic DEVILDRIVER sound and embellished with Fafara’s unmistakable feral roar. Outlaws ‘Til The End: Vol. 1 was produced, mixed and recorded with Steve Evetts (Dillinger Escape Plan, Every Time I Die, Sepultura, The Cure), and co-produced by DevilDriver guitarist Mike Spreitzer. The album was mastered by renowned engineer Alan Douches.
Completing this unprecedented project is a host of metal and country luminaries providing unforgettable cameos: horror metal icon Wednesday13 lends his incensed rasp to George Jones’ “If Drinking Don’t Kill Me”, 36 Crazyfists frontman Brock Lindow brings fire and soul to Steve Earle’s, “Copperhead Road”, and Fear Factory’s Burton C. Bell helps to turn Richard Thompson’s anti-war classic, “Dad’s Gonna Kill Me”, into a brooding gothic metal extravaganza. Meanwhile, Lamb of God members Randy Blythe and Mark Morton contribute to an exhilarating decimation of Willie Nelson’s “Whiskey River” before Randy makes a second appearance on DEVILDRIVER’s version of cowboy standard “Ghost Riders In The Sky”; the latter featuring the son and daughter of Johnny Cash himself, John Carter Cash and Ana Cristina Cash. The album also features the iconic voice of Fear, US punk rock legend Lee Ving, on Johnny Cash’s “The Man Comes Around” and David Allan Coe’s “The Ride”.
After weeks of anticipation from fans, DEVILDRIVER have dropped a second track from the album – their metallicized, aggressive cover of the outlaw classic “Ghost Riders in the Sky”. The track features the talents of album guests John Carter Cash, (son of country music legend Johnny Cash), Ana Cristina Cash, and renowned Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe.
DEVILDRIVER frontman Dez Fafara says,
“It was both an honor and a privilege to work with these three great artists. Watching John Carter Cash and Ana Cristina Cash track vocals at the Cash Cabin was a highlight of my career. Meeting such down-to-earth and incredibly talented people and having them come on board “made” the project for me, personally. Tracking with Randy was another highlight. He’s a brother and watching how he tracked, and vice versa, was a learning process for both of us that we both spoke highly about and enjoyed immensely. All of us on this song gave 110% to make sure it was done right! Enjoy!”
John Carter Cash adds,
“All my life I have loved the power and eerie quality of the song ‘Ghost Riders in the Sky’. Since I was nine years old, I have lived and breathed heavy metal music. I am grateful to have had the chance to work with Dez Fafara, Randy Blythe, DEVILDRIVER and others, in the upcoming release of what I believe is the consummate metal version of this musical masterpiece.”
Ana Cristina Cash says,
“I am so proud to have been a part of Outlaws ‘Til The End: Vol. 1 and to have sung on the metal version of ‘Ghost Riders in the Sky’ with my husband John Carter Cash, Dez Fafara, Randy Blythe and DEVILDRIVER. This whole album pushes boundaries and merges the outlaw country and the metal genres in a masterful way.”
Randy Blythe offers,
“I am a huge fan of moody songs with narrative lyrics employed to tell a dark story – they really make the listener visualize what the song is about. I can’t think of many tunes where this was done more effectively than Johnny Cash’s version of ‘Ghost Riders in the Sky’. Long before heavy metal had been invented, the original Man in Black wasn’t afraid to explore the dark side with his music. Truly great songs never die – they just shape-shift through the years. Singing with Dez, John Carter, and DEVILDRIVER is keeping those undead riders alive in a whole different genre. Crank this up and look to the sky at night…”
‘Outlaws ‘Til The End: Vol. 1’ is out July 6th via Napalm Records! You can pre-order it HERE!