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41sobPmcKSL. SL110 DEVILDRIVER are back with their fifth album for Roadrunner Records (out February 22), and while it lacks innovation, the band serves up another heaping plate of meat-and-potatoes metal that their fans should eat right up.

Despite being one of their better albums, BEAST plays like a band that's forgotten how to breathe - the full-speed-ahead mentality seldom giving way to a real groove or memorable breakdown. While "Dead to Rights" and "Coldblooded" are among standouts on the record, at almost an hour in length, this dozen-song collection feels too damn long with only one track ("Bring the Fight (To the Floor)") coming in under the four-minute mark. Longer songs are great when presented with variation and movement, but DevilDriver have never been a band to bring a huge amount of complexity into their songwriting.

Longtime fans should appreciate the band's adherence to formula, but grabbing the ears of new listeners may be a feat easier said then done.

Rating: 3/5

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

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