Devildriver are gearing up to release their upcoming double album, Dealing With Demons and have dropped their third single, “Nest of Vipers.” Lending a hand with the lyrics was guitarist Neal Tiemann, which is the first time in the band’s career where frontman and mastermind, Dez Fafara wasn’t the sole lyricist.
“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.”
Dez talked about the sound of the record and wanting a fresh approach:
“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.'”
He also spoke about his mindset while writing this double album:
“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.”
This is just the beginning – fans should be prepared for the onslaught of what is to come with the impending second volume of the double album, which promises to go even harder. This is a two-part acceleration into the future — after witnessing “Dealing With Demons I”, listeners will be clamoring for the second half.
Talking about part two of Dealing With Demons, the frontman added:
“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.”
Pre-order Dealing With Demons here and watch “Nest of Vipers” below!
Want more Devildriver? Check out their previous music video for “Iona” here!