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DevilDriver Biography


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Birth Place: Santa Barbara, California, United States
Years Active: 2002-Present
Genres: Groove Metal, Melodic Death Metal


DevilDriver is an American groove metal band from Santa Barbara, California, formed in 2002. The band was originally named Deathride, however, due to copyright issues and the name being taken by several bands, Deathride changed its name to DevilDriver, which refers to bells Italian witches used to drive evil forces away.

The band's self-titled debut “DevilDriver,” was released in October 2003 under Roadrunner Records, and entered the Top Heatseekers Albums chart at #117.

The band returned to the studio in 2005 to record their follow-up to “DevilDriver,” titled “The Fury of Our Maker's Hand.” The album was released in June 2005 and debuted on the Billboard 200 Albums chart at #117. The album also debuted at #1 on the Top Heatseekers Albums chart. In October 2006, “The Fury of Our Maker's Hand” was re-released to include three new studio tracks, including "Digging up the Corpses" which was featured on the soundtrack to “Resident Evil: Apocalypse.”

Their third studio album, “The Last Kind Words,” was released in June 2007. “The Last Kind Words” peaked at #48 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart.

Their fourth album “Pray for Villains” was released in July 2009, debuting at #35 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart, their highest showing to that point.

DevilDriver's fifth album “Beast” was released in February 2011. The first single "Dead To Rights" was released in January 2011. “Beast” debuted at #42 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart, while also reaching #2 on the Hard Rock Albums chart.