DEVILDRIVER Drummer Checks In From The Road

Santa Barbara, California's DEVILDRIVER is currently on the road in Europe with BEHEMOTH, SCAR SYMMETRY and ARSIS as part of the Neckbreakers Ball Tour.

Commented drummer John Boecklin: "It has been an interesting tour so far. My heels got infected due [to] blisters from my new running shoes so I have been rocking sandals this whole tour and it's fucking cold outside.

"Dez [Fafara, vocals] got sick and actually had to cancel a show in Germany. Mike [Spreitzer, guitar] went down with the flu for about three days.

"Our bus broke down in Scotland and we took vans to the next show. We played in full-blown corpse paint provided by BEHEMOTH last night for Halloween. We also released a new video which we are really fucking proud of for 'Fate Stepped In'. It is our best video to date, without a doubt.

"We have been playing bigger shows than we ever have as a headliner over here and it feels earned.

"Just [to let] everyone know, we are already writing and finding the new direction for our fifth record. So far it's fucking fast."

DEVILDRIVER's new album, "Pray For Villains", sold around 14,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 35 on The Billboard 200 chart.

DEVILDRIVER's previous album, 2007's "The Last Kind Words", shifted a little more than 14,000 copies during its first week of release to debut at No. 48 — around 40 percent more than the opening-week number of 2005's "The Fury of Our Maker's Hand", which premiered at No. 177 with sales of 10,400.

"Pray For Villains" was released on July 14 via Roadrunner Records. The effort — which was also made available as a special-edition CD/DVD package featuring three bonus tracks, a behind-the-scenes DVD and expanded artwork — was recorded at Edge of the Earth studios in Los Angeles with producer Logan Mader (FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, GOJIRA, DIVINE HERESY).

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