Re-Vamped DevilDriver Release Debut Single, “Daybreak”

  • Axl Rosenberg

“Daybreak” is the first song DevilDriver have released since recruiting drummer Austin D’Amond (ex-Chimaira, ex-Bleed the Sky), guitarist Neal Tiemann (ex-Burn Halo), and bassist Diego Ibarra (formerly of Wayne Static’s solo band). That obviously puts a lot of pressure on the song to be good; the band has to convince skeptical fans that going through such a massive line-up change since their last album won’t have a negative impact on their creative output.

So how’d they do? “Daybreak” isn’t a home run, but it’s a solid double, maybe even a triple (I gotta re-listen and let it sit with me for a bit). Parts of it are hella-wicked-gnarly, but the chorus kinda loses me. Regardless, large portions of it also don’t sound like anything DevilDriver have ever done before (that’s not a knock!), which makes sense, ’cause remaining guitarist Mike Spreitzer says that “‘Daybreak’ is the first song that [Tiemann] brought to the table early in the writing process.”

Check out “Daybreak” below, courtesy of Loudwire, and then head to the comments section to discuss. DevilDriver’s new album, Trust No One, comes out May 13 on Napalm. You can get the band’s upcoming tour dates with Hatebreed here or with Holy Grail, Incite, and Hemlock here.

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