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Devildriver, God Forbid - .....And Again

After witnessing the great Devildriver show in Amsterdam I was not yet saturated by their furious live show so I decided to travel all the way to Groningen two days later, yeah I really am cool huh? Due to the long time it took me to get there I could only see the last two songs of The Sorrow, which I didn’t pitied, because as my colleague Carn said in the previous review their metalcore isn’t of a high original level. So God Forbid is the first band I’m gonna review.

And unfortunately I also didn’t find God Forbid’s music too original or surprising. I remember that I found Gone Forever, released in 2004, a pretty awesome album…and they still seem to thrive on that album. Of course there’s nothing wrong with playing the good old songs, songs like ‘Anti-Hero’ and ‘Force Fed’ are great to see live, but I really got the feeling that this band isn’t making any progression at all. In fact, the newer songs make a far lesser impression than those old ones. That Byron Davis’ voice sharp squealing still is slightly annoying and the clean vocals aren’t forceful doesn’t help making it any better. True God Forbid fans must have had a good time, but for me the best part of the show was when they turned on ‘I’m black y’all’ at the end of the show.
 
Just as at the show in Amsterdam Devildriver kicked off with ‘End of the Line’ which evolved into ‘There’s Nothing Wrong’, a fantastic and powerful begin of a show! Dez, with again longer hair and this time with a nice beard, had the audience once again totally in his grasp. He’s one of those frontmen who has so much charisma and energy that he can let a venue explode just by letting slip the smallest fart; fantastic. The setlist was quite similar to that of the show in Amsterdam, so there was a slight emphasis on the first two albums. That was a thing that I couldn’t regret, because although The Last Kind Words is a brutal fucking album, I must say that I have a preference for the first two albums. The songs on The Last Kind Words just seem to be little bit less memorable somehow and the first two albums have a more distinct identity. Anyway Devildriver gave, just as was to be expected, a fantastic intense and brutal show with a lot of people moshing it up and of course a big circle pit during ‘The Wretched’. Thanks Dez & Co.!