Australian/Los Angeles tech-metal masters DEVOLVED have set “Reprisal” as the title of their new album, due on November 20 via Unique Leader Records. Drummer, lyricist and founding member John Sankey stated, “‘Reprisal’ is absolutely the most innovative and progressive DEVOLVED album yet. I had a very specific vision for this album when I began the writing process both musically and lyrically, it is the most definitive representation of what I have always wanted DEVOLVEDto be. Conceptually, it is based on the ideologies of individual control, advancement, revenge and empowerment within a global society that has reverted back to the most basic means of survival, every man for himself, kill or be killed… which perfectly compliments the intensity, aggression and unrelenting brutality of the music.”
All music on the new DEVOLVED album was written and performed by John Sankey and Mark Hawkins (ROBOTS PULLING LEVERS), with lyrics and arrangement by Sankey. The vocals were performed by DEVOLVED‘s new lead singer, Mark Haggblad (UNVEIL THE STRENGTH), following the departure of Kyle Zemanek (DEADSETT). The CD will feature guest appearances from several noteable artists, including ALL SHALL PERISH guitarist Francesco Artusato.
“Reprisal” track listing:
01. Systematic Avenger
02. Accelerated Human Degeneration
03. Reprisal Of The Damned
04. Supremacy Enforced
06. Collateral Damage
07. Apocalyptic Visionary
08. Terminal Enslavement
09. Corrupted Mind Processor
10. Inanimate Infinity
11. (Cadence Of) The Dirge (EXHORDER cover; bonus track)
Sankey late last year recorded all the demo drum sessions for the new FEAR FACTORY album, “The Industrialist”, and co-wrote and programmed all the drum parts, along with FF guitarist Dino Cazares, for the final CD. He was unable to join FEAR FACTORY as the band’s new touring drummer due to visa restrictions.
Cazares previously stated about the new DEVOLVED material, “Systematic brutality at its best. Raising the bar once again with their intellectual song arrangements [and] insane drum patterns that would make any tech metal fan turn their heads. This band just keeps getting better and better. Welcome to the end of everything that you once knew and say hello to the future.”
DEVOLVED‘s last album, “Oblivion”, was released in May 2011 via Unique Leader Records.