DevilDriver Winter Kills interview: Dez Fafara Q&A
After a side jaunt with his old band Coal Chamber in 2012, DevilDriver frontman, Dez Fafara is ecstatic to be back on tour in support of what is perhaps the band’s most brutal and groove infested album todate–“Winter Kills“. Recently, Metalholic caught up with Fafara as he was preparing for the DevilDriver’s current European tour. We talked about the band’s sixth album, a new bass player, a new record label, and a potential turn on television. Dez is ready, and he’s got a story to tell.
With “Winter Kills“, DevilDriver returns to the sound of its first three albums while also moving forward. Fafara believes the band has made one of its best albums to date. This also marks the band’s first release for Napalm Records, and Fafara could not be happier about the label:
“I felt their passion from the inception–from the first meeting. We also stayed with Warner Brothers-Roadrunner overseas and in Australia, and we also signed with Metal Blade for Japan. So I’ve got good working partners and a great record. Let’s hope all goes well.”
New bassist Chris Towning is no stranger to DevilDriver, but “Winter Kills” begins his first recording foray as an official band member. We asked Dez about Towning’s impact on the record and why the band chose to once again tab producer, Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, Battlecross, Chimaira).
“Chris didn’t write on this record. He’s kind of our secret weapon on the next record. It’s actually a good thing because we had the record in the can. We had good tunes, and he didn’t even want to mess with it. He thought, ‘Hey, this is a great record. Let’s write together on the next one.’ So he’s going he’s going to be my secret weapon on the next record. [Mark Lewis] really knows how to get the best out of all of us. He knows how to work with me. He knows the tones we want. He’s worked with a lot of bands, but he knows that we want to do something different. We want to make sure that our sound remains special and different. Working with him is always a pleasure. He’s totally professional, shows up on time, does his gig, and he knows the band. So, it’s a good thing.”
This fall, DevilDriver will return to North American soil for a massive club tour with their friends in Trivium. It should be a brutal and bombastic event. You can check out our full interview with Dez below, keep an eye out for our review of “Winter Kills” and get ready for the sonic slaughter ahead.