Australian/Los Angeles tech-metal masters DEVOLVED have recorded a cover version of the EXHORDER song “Cadence Of The Dirge”, to be included as a bonus track on DEVOLVED‘s forthcoming album, due out in November. “Cadence Of The Dirge” was originally featured on the EXHORDER album “The Law”, which was released by Roadrunner Records in 1992.
Commented DEVOLVED drummer John Sankey: “EXHORDER was one of the first metal bands who mixed a modern thrash sound with really powerful grooves. I was so blown away when I first heard them. They are such an underrated band who deserve a lot of credit for being a major influence on a whole new style which dominated the metal scene in the ’90s.
“I have always wanted to cover ‘Cadence Of The Dirge’; to this day it is still one of the heaviest songs I’ve ever heard, and since this year is the 20th anniversary of ‘The Law’ the timing was perfect to record it for the new DEVOLVED album.
“I emailed Monte Conner (Senior VP AR at Roadrunner Records) the recording we did of the song and he actually sent it on to Kyle Thomas (ex-EXHORDER vocalist who performed on the original version), Kyle contacted me shortly after saying, ‘The cover sounds really amazing, you guys did the song justice, great work.'”
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. Songtitles set to appear on the effort include “Systematic Avenger”, “Collateral Damage”, “Accelerated Human Degeneration” and “Terminal Enslavement”.
A demo version of “Systematic Avenger” can be streamed in the the YouTube clip below.
Commented Sankey: “This is the fastest, heaviest and most accomplished DEVOLVED album yet. We pushed the boundaries as far as possible with these songs, I can’t wait for people to hear it!”
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.