DevilDriver’s Dez Fafara: COVID-19 “Almost Took My Life”

It looks like DevilDriver’s Dez Fafara may have had a serious battle with COVID-19. The frontman mentioned his bout with the disease in a recent tweet:

“Any day above ground after surviving covid that almost took my life is a good day my friend it’s why my head ain’t in the work game right now I’m enjoying bed by 9pm and holding my wife’s hand in my sleep like an otter 🤩🤣”

[via The PRP]

Lamb Of God And DevilDriver Singers Invest In Charity-Minded Cryptocurrency

Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe and DevilDriver’s Dez Fafara have invested in a new charity-minded cryptocurrency called Chakra Coin. You can learn more about that HERE.

Here’s an official press release:

Metal singers Dez Fafara and D. Randall Blythe abide by the maxim to “put your money where your mouth is” with Chakra Coin, a new cryptocurrency designed to foster community and invest in charitable causes.

Longtime friends, both frontmen earned gold records with their respective bands and share unwavering commitments to artistic integrity, with a progressive outlook and attitude about the world around them. While it is a deflationary token allowing for passive income generation, the core Chakra Coin team pledge to donate a portion of profits to various causes and hope to encourage the whole community to do the same.

“I’m a believer in Chakra Coin,” explains Fafara, best-known as the frontman for DevilDriver and Coal Chamber and a co-founder of The Oracle Management, representing extreme music titans like Cradle Of Filth and Jinjer. “We started this venture to create a community of giving back and paying it forward. I will donate partial proceeds to multiple charity organizations. I hope that everyone who participates in Chakra Coin will do the same, creating a better world and a more cohesive existence for everyone involved.”

Chakra Coin is a decentralized, deflationary meme token. It is similar to Shiba Inu, Safemoon, and other cryptocurrencies that took the global financial ecosystem by storm after early adopters of these tokens saw their value skyrocket in a relatively short time span. Chakra Coin combines profitable yield generating DeFi and safe store-of-value, a gas-free cryptocurrency free from friction and borders. Its stated disruptive aim is to help usher in a fairer economic standard of living. Chakra Coin is also a fully community-owned token.

“The potential of blockchain technology, including DeFi and cryptocurrencies, to create a more equitable system of wealth distribution is extremely intriguing to me,” offers Blythe. “It is my hope that being involved on the ground floor with a cryptocurrency community that holds a charitable component as one of its core tenants will be one small step towards creating a fairer, more altruistic economic system for everyone.”

His band, Lamb Of God, earned five Grammy nominations across eight studio albums. Lamb Of God toured with Metallica, Slayer and Slipknot as they ascended to the top-tier of modern metal bands; they recently wrapped a U.S. tour co-headlining with Megadeth. Blythe is also an accomplished photographer and bestselling author. In addition to sharing stages together, Blythe and Fafara are partners in the SunCult surf wear brand.

Both are quick to point out that they are not financial advisors, and they encourage their friends, peers, and fans to conduct their own consultations with qualified advisors about Chakra Coin, or any investments. At this time cryptocurrencies are still highly volatile, and no one should invest money they can’t afford to lose into any sort of asset, cryptocurrency or otherwise.

“Dogecoin, Shiba Inu, Safemoon, and all of the stuff happening with cryptocurrencies is immensely exciting,” adds Fafara. “My hope is that Chakra Coin will encourage others to share the wealth with the less fortunate.”

DevilDriver Part Ways With Guitarist Neal Tiemann

DevilDriver have parted ways with guitarist Neal Tiemann. Frontman Dez Fafara issued the following statement:

“It’s at this time we are announcing the parting of ways with Neal . Neal filled in a time when we needed him most , we thank him for his touring & song writing efforts in DevilDriver….it was an honor to have jammed with him . Adios Amigo good luck in whatever you do”

DevilDriver Premiere “Wishing” Video

DevilDriver have premiered a new video for their new song “Wishing.” This track is from the first half of the band’s new double album “Dealing With Demons.” Volume 1 of that effort, “Dealing With Demons I,” will be released on October 2. Dez Fafara previously told American Songwriter the following about the song:

“[It] explores what it would be like without my wife-we’ve been together a long time, raised three kids, she’s my manager- and when I finished writing the song, we found out she had cancer so I must’ve had some premonition of what was going on, so this is the demon of loneliness.”

DevilDriver Stream New Song “Wishing”

DevilDriver are streaming a new song titled “Wishing.” This track is from the first half of the band’s new double album “Dealing With Demons.” Volume 1 of that effort, “Dealing With Demons I,” will be released on October 2. Dez Fafara told American Songwriter the following about the song:

“[It] explores what it would be like without my wife-we’ve been together a long time, raised three kids, she’s my manager- and when I finished writing the song, we found out she had cancer so I must’ve had some premonition of what was going on, so this is the demon of loneliness.”

DevilDriver To Release New Album “Dealing With Demons I” A Week Early

DevilDriver have decided to move up the release of their new album “Dealing With Demons I.” The effort, which serves as the first half of the band’s new double record, will now be available on October 2. The group commented:

“Exciting news! We are moving the release date of Dealing With Demons I up a whole week early to October 2nd! Fans, don’t miss your chance to get your hands on this gamechanging new album even sooner! Pre-order here https://smarturl.it/DealingWithDemonsI! 🤘🏻”

DevilDriver Premiere “Nest Of Vipers” Video

DevilDriver have premiered a new video for their new song “Nest Of Vipers.” This track is from the first half of the band’s new double album “Dealing With Demons.” Volume 1 of that effort, “Dealing With Demons I,” will be released on October 9. Dez Fafara commented:

“This is my first co-written lyric on any DevilDriver track with another band member, penned with our guitarist Neal Tiemann. Working with Neal is a good time. We always want what’s best for the song. Lyrically, the chorus says it all — ‘the king’s sworn men make perfect liars.’ This is the cold, hard truth, as people’s loyalties are often bought and sold. The lyric ‘she sleeps with bones beside her’ refers to another theme touched upon in this track — a woman laying in misery next to her ‘bones’ of contention, harboring guilt as her loyalties are also bought and sold… It’s all a sad state of affairs once you get into that bought and sold mentality, whether it’s with your work or friendships.”

DevilDriver Premiere “Iona” Video

DevilDriver have premiered a new video for their new song “Iona.” This track is from the first half of their new double album “Dealing With Demons.” Volume 1 of that effort, “Dealing With Demons I,” will be released on October 9.

Dez Fafara commented:

“‘Iona’ is unlike any other DevilDriver song we’ve put out. From the frantic verses to the haunting chorus, this song is another move forward to push our sound and the listener’s ears into the fray! The chorus, ‘She carries a black rose, effigy from a story closed,’ tells the story of the long dead ghost of Iona and her obsession with death represented by the black roses in her hands — each one the soul of someone she’s taken from this life on a lonely dark road, assimilating their souls into black roses, which she carries for eternity. This theme relates to myself and ‘Dealing With Demons’ in that oftentimes we as people have a hard time ‘letting go’ of things. This can be applied to relationships, death, and so on. Iona carrying the black roses symbolizes her inability to move on — always seeking revenge. The past is exactly that — the past. It’s important to let go and not be stuck in a perpetual loop of living in it.”

DevilDriver To Release “Dealing With Demons Volume 1” In October, Premiere New Song “Keep Away From Me”

DevilDriver have announced that the first part of their new double album, “Dealing With Demons Volume 1,” will be released on October 9. You can find a lyric video for the effort’s first single, “Keep Away From Me,” below:

Dez Fafara said the following about the new song:

“I’ve been social distancing since I was born. I’ve learned to try and embrace my sgoraphobia all my life. This is what the lyrics are about as we are all sheltered in place. They seem very clear. Now is not the time bands should shy away from the obvious by trying to push the narrative through their art as if everything is alright with the world and ‘it’s metal video visual as usual time’, as it is clearly NOT that time.

We as artists should speak up, inspire and change lives, or paint a picture — a time capsule, if you will — by the narrative we push in uncertain times. This video is one such art piece as my band and thousands of others are forced into quarantine — cannot rehearse, take photos, or perform — to make a music video for the very people that have supported us for years. It’s trying times for the world and my outlook through this video is simply this: ‘here’s what we are going through as a family on this planet and as we embrace what is yet to come… please Stand Together.'”

He also added the following about the new record:

“I said to the guys, ‘If we just met today, what kind of music would we make? How would we stand the test of time, stand apart from others and stand above the competition? Let’s not focus on the past sound. Instead let’s kick into the future together.'”

“It’s time to lay it all out, on two records. I’m never gonna revisit these subjects again. I’ve been writing about this sort of human nature, disloyalty and dishonesty, love and loss, since the beginning of my career. I am going in a more lyrically woke direction in the future. A lot of people say my music gives them strength. But what they don’t realize is that these topics haunt me. Over the course of these last few years we fled from wildfires, my wife battled cancer and now we are going through a pandemic… so it is what it is… let’s dump it all on the table and purge. I want to go through different topics in the future, so here we are now. I’ve laid it all out on a double record for all of you to hear.”

“Volume two will get into some very heavy topics as well. You’ll see the band progress even further musically as we finish this ode to the purge of all things demonic.”

“Dealing With Demons Volume 1” Track Listing:

01. “Keep Away From Me”
02. “Vengeance Is Clear”
03. “Nest Of Vipers”
04. “Iona”
05. “Wishing”
06. “You Give Me A Reason To Drink” (feat. Simon Blade Fafara)
07. “Witches”
08. “Dealing With Demons”
09. “The Damned Don’t Cry”
10. “Scars Me Forever”

DevilDriver Finish New Double Album

DevilDriver have officially finished their new double album. Frontman Dez Fafara commented:

“This morning at 2am we turned in all the music and art for DevilDrivers double record over 2 years in the making ! Now ….. I can breathe , what a nice weekend this will be and I was greeted with rain this am as well for the win ! Happy friday everyone…”

[via The PRP]