Episode 427: DevilDriver, Necrophobic, Inferi 2020 Album Reviews + Crew Nation Donor Pick

Third Time’s a Charm?

We inadvertently chose to review three albums this week that would be our third time reviewing the three bands.  It’s safe to say results varied, but it was great theme we didn’t meant to make. Oh, and you don’t want to miss this show’s Crew Nation donor, a guest with a very special connection to the show.

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And remember – Be safe. Stay healthy. Stay Metal.


DevilDriver – Dealing With Demons: Volume 1 (Napalm)
Necrophobic – Dawn of the Damned (Century Media)
Inferi – Of Sunless Realms (The Artisan Era)

Crew Nation Donation Feature:
Boz Scaggs – Silk Degrees

DevilDriver – Dealing With Demons

Necrophobic – Dawn of the Damned

Inferi – Of Sunless Realms

One comment

  1. I have to admit that I have zero knowledge of Boz Scaggs. I guess he fits in with Peter Frampton and KISS in that they all hit the height of their popularity just before I became aware of pop/rock radio and then never transcended generations. Add to it that I always got Boz Scaggs confused with Ricky Skaggs.

    Brian, if you think the lyrics of Boz Scaggs contain some strange stories then you are really in for a shock when you listen to Frank Zappa.

    I’m pretty much with Nick on Inferi. I saw them live almost exactly one year ago when they opened for Allegaeon, and Inferi were great. I loved their 2014 album The Path of Apotheosis, but anything they’ve done since then hasn’t been as good. And it’s notable that you mentioned that the vocalist sounds like Black Dahlia Murder because Trevor from BDM sang guest vocals on the song “Behold the Bearer of Light” on Inferi’s previous album.

    Regarding Black Metal, what I’ve come to realize lately is just how vast and diverse Black Metal is. What Nick describes as the style with poor production is just a segment of the early black metal and then any bands wanting to clone that style. A lot of those early 1990s black metal albums sound crappy because the bands had next to no money to record. After some bands established themselves and earned a few bucks, the production values increased. I’m thinking specifically of Immortal and Enslaved, each of whose recent albums sound great from a production standpoint. I’ve gotten into some of the more modern “atmospheric” black metal bands such as Panopticon and Drudkh who are trying more to expand upon what Burzum originally did rather than the punk/low-fi of Venom or Bathory. And then there’s Dimmu Borgir which has always tried to sound as slick as possible.

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