Devildriver, led by iconic vocalist Dez Fafara. have confirmed their collection of outlaw country-gone-metal anthems, Outlaws ‘Til The End, will finally see its day, set for release via Napalm Records on 6th July 2018. The band have posted a teaser clip of their cover of Hank3’s “Country Heroes”, featuring Hank3 himself.

“I think real music has always gotten to me, whether it’s the blues or even real Goth music like Bauhaus and Sisters Of Mercy, as well as outlaw country greats like Johnny Cash, Wayne “The Train” Hancock, and Willie Nelson,” Fafara explains. “That stuff has always attracted me, and this is absolutely the real McCoy. The blues and outlaw country are what made rock n’ roll. They were around before rock n’ roll… and in my head, I’ve always heard these songs heavy.”

Outlaws ‘Til The End Track Listing:

01. Country Heroes – Written by Hank3 – Performed by Hank3 & Dez Fafara
02. Whiskey River – Written by Willie Nelson – Performed by Randy Blythe, Mark Morton of Lamb of God & Dez Fafara
03. Outlaw Man – Written by The Eagles = Performed by Dez Fafara & Neal Tiemann of Devildriver
04. Ghost Riders in the Sky – Written by Stan Jones – Performed by John Carter Cash, Ana Cristina Cash, Randy Blythe & Dez Fafara
05. I’m the Only Hell Mama Ever Raised – Written by Johnny Paycheck – Performed by Dez Fafara & Devildriver
06. If Drinking Don’t Kill Me – Written by George Jones – Performed by Wednesday 13 & Dez Fafara
07. The Man Comes Around – Written by Johnny Cash – Performed by Lee Ving of FEAR & Dez Fafara
08. A Thousand Miles from Nowhere – Written by Dwight Yoakam – Performed by Dez Fafara & Neal Tiemann of Devildriver
09. Copperhead Road – Written by Steve Earle – Performed by Brock Lindow of 36 Crazyfists & Dez Fafara
10. Dads Gonna Kill Me – Written by Richard Thompson – Performed by Burton C. Bell of Fear Factory & Dez Fafara
11. A Country Boy Can Survive – Written by Hank Jr. – Performed by Dez Fafara & Devildriver
12. The Ride – Written by David Allan Coe – Performed by Lee Ving of FEAR & Dez Fafara

“I knew right away that I wanted to have guests on this record, and the first guest I wanted was John Carter Cash,” Fafara recalls. “I didn’t want this thing to exist without John, without Hank3 or without Randy [Blythe]. Basically, there were a certain amount of guests that I definitely wanted on it, but as I kept asking people, everyone kept saying yes! Randy and Mark [Morton] are both from the country and they were immediately on board. With John, we wound up talking for two hours when we first met, all about his love of heavy metal and my love of outlaw country and my love of his dad’s music. All he wanted to do was talk about metal and all I wanted to do was talk about outlaw country. It was the craziest thing.”

Not only just content with a collaboration with John Carter Cash, the album also features the iconic voice of FEAR, US punk rock legend Lee Ving. “Lee has a country band called Range War and when he first started in music, his mother gave him her mandolin to play, so he played country music before he ever did punk rock,” Fafara notes. “I’ve been fortunate enough in my career to do songs with Ozzy and some of the greats, but doing a song with Lee Ving? What can I say… he’s my ultimate hero in life. I had a FEAR shirt on the first time I ran away from home, you know?”

I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.