One of the most anticipated tracks on the Devildriver outlaw country covers album, Outlaws ‘Til the End: Vol. 1, has been released to. Devildriver offer a cover of Johnny Cash's famous track "Ghost Riders In The Sky."
They certainly made the country song gross and metal (I mean gross in a good way). Blythe absolutely delivers some killer vocals and it's fun hearing John Carter Cash on here too. Hearing the famous hook with death metal growls behind it is a little jarring at first, but still fun. Personally, I prefer the original but still enjoyed this take:
Outlaws ‘Til the End: Vol. 1 comes out July 6. Pre-order it here.
We interviewed Dez about the new album, and he noted the outlaws of 'old country' have been long respected by many modern musicians for the same fuck you attitude that many metal bands proudly champion today.
"It's all saying the same thing man, FUCK POP MUSIC. I've been saying that my whole life," Fafara says. "If I've ever crossed over to any radio or pop world it was done on my terms … I never wrote for that beast or wrote for that machine and to any of those guys, fuck you. What they're really saying is I'm listening to my own music, doing my own thing, and I'm not following the status quo. These are reasons to attach yourself to these kind of artists, whether you listen to metal, punk or whatever. You've got to realize that these guys were the real deal. I wore a Johnny Cash shirt on stage for 10 years straight. I took a lot of heat for it in the press, because I was wearing a country shirt on stage. I don't give a fuck. That guy, for me is a legitimate outlaw. Him and Lemmy side by side, look at it."
Read the full interview here.