Former DevilDriver Guitarist Neal Tiemann Officially Joins Carnifex

Carnifex have officially welcomed Neal Tiemann (ex-DevilDriver) to the band as their new guitarist. This news comes after he was previously serving as a fill-in for ex-guitarist Jordan Lockrey.

Vocalist Scott Ian Lewis said the following about recruiting Tiemann during an appearance on Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta‘s “The Jasta Show“:

“Neal Tiemann is going to be playing guitar for us. He’s a member of the band, which is… he’s really an awesome guy and he’s just a riff factory. Like, dude can just write all day, any metal genre you want. Riffs just come out of his hands and that’s, you know that’s the ultimate [guitarist]… Obviously [drummer and keyboardist Shawn Cameron is] still writing a bunch, [guitarist Cory Arford] writing a bunch and I’ve always got my… I’m always in there like ‘no, move this here, move that there.’ It’s fun because it’s more to play with, because [Neal is] really just pumping out material in a way that we kind of never… I guess we’re just not riff factories like that, you know what I mean?”

Lewis also confirmed that the band are currently planning to record their new album in February 2023.

[via Metal Injection]

DevilDriver’s “Clouds Over California The Studio Albums: 2003 – 2011” Box Set Delayed To August

DevilDriver’s new box set, “Clouds Over California The Studio Albums: 2003 – 2011,” has been delayed until August 19. The set, which will be available on CD and vinyl, will include the following albums: “DevilDriver,“ “The Fury In Our Maker’s Hand,“ “The Last Kind Words,“ “Pray For Villains,“ and “Beast.“ Pre-orders can be found HERE.

DevilDriver Reunite With Bassist Jon Miller, Recruit Guitarist Alex Lee

DevilDriver have reunited with bassist Jon Miller. He will be taking over for Diego “Ashes” Ibarra, who exited the band this month. With this news, the group have also recruited Alex Lee (Holy Grail) as their new guitarist. He will be taking over for Neil Tiemann, who exited the band last fall.

Miller said the following:

“After spending the past 10 years away from writing music, recording, and touring, I have made the decision to return to DevilDriver to settle some unfinished business with two lifelong friends.”

Frontman Dez Fafara continued:

“Jon is a monster on bass and wrote much of our early material. We began talking daily and it just felt right… and having him onstage again will be absolutely pummeling technically and visually! For the fans that have seen the band with Jon in it, please welcome him back. And for those of you who haven’t, get ready because he holds it down! Having most of the OG members in the band now after almost 20 years feels good!

Get ready because we have a massive tour announcement coming in August! It’s been since July 2019 that we’ve toured, and the break was needed. The fire is there now and we are ready to destroy stages!”

“It’s always difficult letting guys go in any line of work, but we thank Ashes for his time playing with DevilDriver on tour. I’m sad I had to let him go, but to make way for an original member was the right thing to do. We wish him the best and he’s a great guy.”

Guitarist Mike Spreitzer added:

“It’s been a solid decade since I’ve shared the stage with Jon Miller, and I’m thrilled to have him back in DevilDriver. Without him, I probably wouldn’t be in the band. He was one of the first friends I made when I moved to Santa Barbara in 1999 that eventually lead to me joining DevilDriver. I’m very much looking forward to getting out on the road and having him with us again.”

“Ashes has been an amazing addition to the DevilDriver family over the years. He’s one of the most solid and fun guys I have ever had the honor to call my friend. I’m going to miss our 3-4 hour long morning coffee sessions that we shared since he joined. He will forever be my brother.”

Lee also commented on his addition to the band:

“Back in 2016, I had the privilege of touring with DevilDriver with my old band [Holy Grail]. We got along great and kept in touch over the years. Fast forward to the present, I am thrilled to announce that I’ll be joining the DevilDriver family! Dez made the final call to give me this opportunity that I couldn’t pass up. Great guys, heavy music, and I can’t wait to see you all on the road!”

Fafara added:

“Alex is a bad ass on guitar and one of the most talented guys I’ve seen in years. He gets along well with the band, he’s a great writer, and onstage he brings the energy. We welcome him and look forward to years of good times.”

Bassist Diego “Ashes” Ibarra Exits DevilDriver

Diego “Ashes” Ibarra has announced his departure from DevilDriver. The bassist issued the following statement:

“Hey everyone I just wanted to let you know I have officially parted ways with DevilDriver it was an honor to play with some of the most talented musicians thus far in my career. I wish DevilDriver the best and look forward to what the future holds and new musical chapters.”

DevilDriver To Release “Clouds Over California The Studio Albums: 2003 – 2011” Box Set In July

DevilDriver will be releasing a new box set, titled “Clouds Over California The Studio Albums: 2003 – 2011,” on July 29. The set, which will be available on CD and vinyl, will include the following albums: “DevilDriver,“ “The Fury In Our Maker’s Hand,“ “The Last Kind Words,“ “Pray For Villains,“ and “Beast.“ Pre-orders can be found HERE.

Frayle Sign With The Oracle Management, Score Supporting Slot On Cradle Of Filth’s North American Tour

Frayle have signed a new deal with DevilDriver frontman Dez Fafara’s The Oracle Management and will now be joining Cradle Of Filth on their spring North American tour. This news comes as the band are preparing to release their new album “Skin & Sorrow” on July 8.

Fafara commented:

“Frayle is one of the best bands I’ve heard in a very long time and the exact type of music that I seek out to personally listen to! The visuals behind the band, along with the musicianship and Gwyn fronting, makes Frayle a band that is a must-see live. Revolver was correct in naming them a ‘hot band to watch!’ We at The Oracle mgmt look forward to guiding the career and watching them succeed. Please catch them live as special guests of Cradle of Filth, dates below! Special thank you goes to Jeremy Saffer for introducing us to the band and their music. For dark hearts everywhere I present Frayle!”

Tour Dates (with Cradle Of Filth and Misfire):

05/12 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave / Eagles Club
05/20 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
05/22 Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theater
05/23 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
05/25 Seattle, WA – The Showbox
05/26 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
05/29 Calgary, AB – The Palace Theatre
05/30 Saskatoon, SK – Coors Event Centre
06/01 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
06/02 Joliet, IL – The Forge
06/03 Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
06/04 Toronto, ON – The Opera House
06/06 Montréal, QC – Théâtre Corona
06/07 Quebec City, QC – Impérial Bell
06/09 Albany, NY – Empire Live
06/10 New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place
06/11 Harrisburg, PA – Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center

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]

Carnifex Recruit Ex-DevilDriver Guitarist Neal Tiemann For Upcoming Tour

Ex-DevilDriver guitarist Neal Tiemann will be performing with Carnifex during the band’s upcoming tour with Suicide Silence, Lorna Shore, Upon A Burning Body, AngelMaker, and Distant. He said the following about that on Instagram:

“Excited doesn’t fully explain it. I’ll be playing with my great friends in @carnifex for this stacked tour! Come say hi! #nft #nealfingtiemann #carnifex #suicidesilence #dunable #ormsby #isptechnologies #metal #tour”

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”