Sound — 9
Ever since they burst onto the metal scene in 2003 with their powerful self-titled debut album, Devildriver has always been recognised as a hardworking and respected band whose studio efforts have always been well welcomed by fans for it's break-neck riffage, inhuman screams, machine-gun drums and decent bass-playing with great guitar solos appearing in a few songs. However, in this third album, "The Last Kind Words", Devildriver has evolved, and everything is heavier and more technical: solos appear more frequently and will satisfy fans with their fret-burning brilliance, Dez Farara continues to please with his roars of anger and pain, the rythm section continues to dish out good basslines and amazing drumming that is essential to any good metal album, in terms of sound, I would honestly name this as the best Devildriver album.
Lyrics — 7
Lyrics are decent and Dez continues to mature with each album, although the ways he screams them will certainly remind us of his previous band, Coal Chamber, which may not be a bad thing, Dez has a good voice and he continues to use it to deliver his powerful and at times, menacing lyrics, which goes together very well with the music.
Overall Impression — 9
To be frank, this is a great album, with songs such as "Burning Sermon", "Not All Who Wander Are Lost", "Clouds Over California" and "Head On To Hearthache" being particular highlights, although some would say that this album is very similar to other metal albums by artists like Trivium, Machine Head, Lamb Of God, I would argue that this may be true but Devildriver has it's own unique energy and it comes through on their songs, Dez's unique screaming and Jeff+Mike's amazing dual guitar parts sets it apart from other metal bands and after a repeated listen, I'm sure this album will sink in, and once it does, it should quickly be a favorite album to you and pave the way for future Devildriver albums.