DevilDriver have released the new song and accompanying video, “Copperhead Road,” off the group’s upcoming record, Outlaws ‘Til The End: Vol. 1, out July 6 via Napalm Records.
The track centers around a man, John Lee Pettimore, who comes from a moonshine making family and decides, after two tours in Vietnam, to begin growing Marijuana on his land. The ode to working-class outlaws was originally released by the American country music singer, Steve Earle, on his 1988 album, Copperhead Road.
The DevilDriver cover, which features Brock Lindow (36 Crazyfists), takes the traditional country ballad and ramps it up with intense drumming, prominent guitars, and evocative vocals. According to Blabbermouth, frontman Dez Fafara says of the track, “I have always loved this story of running moonshine and running from the cops, and having Brock on this song was a smart move as his unique voice is absolutely perfect for it. I’m proud to have him on this record!”
Brock Lindow adds, “I’m grateful to be included in the barnburner that is Outlaws ‘Til The End: Vol. 1! ‘Copperhead Road’ was always a heavy song with a great story that encompasses all things ‘outlaw’, but DevilDriver ups the ante on this one and puts the pedal to Metal with their vision of the legendary jam. It was a tremendous honor to sing with Dez and the boys on this monster record!”
Steve Evetts, who has previously worked with artists including The Cure, Sepultura, Dillinger and Escape Plan, recorded and mixed the record. Evetts also co-produced the album with DevilDriver guitarist Mike Spreitzer. Outlaws was mastered by engineer Alan Douches.
Listen to DevilDriver’s “Copperhead Road” followed by Steve Earle’s original recording below.