Originally formed under the short-lived name of Elizium and then switching names for a more striking impact upon signing a worldwide deal with Century Media Records, Sweden's newest metal threat DEVIAN is the brainchild of former Marduk members Legion (Vocals, ex Ophthalamia) and Emil Dragutinovic (Drums, also in The Legion) after their departure from the Black Metal commando in their strife to come up with a new breed of wretched Scandinavian Metal. Together with guitarists Joinus and Tomas Nilsson, DEVIAN form an unstoppable organic extreme Metal machine driven by a raving hunger and deadset determination.
Rather than simply adjusting to continue on their stylistic path chosen with the latest Marduk appearances for Legion and Emil, DEVIAN decided to go for a more dynamic old school vibe, which is built upon a very catchy combination of melody and aggression. With references to bands like Slayer, Iron Maiden, Possessed, Morbid Angel, Dissection or even Motörhead, you will easily understand that DEVIAN gathers some of the best elements of blackened Death- and Thrash Metal with strong influence from traditional Heavy Metal.
After an intense year of songwriting, DEVIAN had collected more than enough quality material to invade Sweden's Art Decay Studio with producer Rickard Kottelin (The Legion) for the recordings of their first opus "Ninewinged Serpent". Mixing duties for the album were handled by sound-wizard Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman (At The Gates, Arch Enemy, Dimmu Borgir, etc.), while the final punch in mastering came courtesy of Peter In De Betou / Tailor Maid and Greece's dark artwork master Seth (Paradise Lost, Soilwork, Old Man's Child, etc.) suitably packaged the release with a very morbid visual theme, which nicely enhances the album's thick and bleak lyrical content.
Vocalist Legion comments on the album: "It's a pummeling blackened death thrasher, where we really tried to challenge ourselves and bring fresh elements to the music compared to our efforts in previous projects. It's no-bullshit raving metal straight from the heart charged with uncontrollable anger, haunting melodies and bone crushing heaviness. It's got a lot of power and soul and we are all extremely proud of what we've managed to achieve." "Ninewinged Serpent" is a truly infernal Scandinavian metal overkill destined to leave sonic scars!
The Illfated God
After the much-lauded debut album “Ninewinged Serpent” in 2007 and a triumphant 7 weeks long European tour with Polish death metal overlords Vader, Sweden’s blackened death/thrash commando DEVIAN mercilessly return with a second attack: The furious new album “God To The Illfated”. Featuring former Marduk members Legion (vocals) and Emil Dragutinovic (drums), DEVIAN anno 2008 offer an increasingly dynamic, vicious and aggressive sound that captivates the listener with massive, thrashing riffs, a heartfelt old school spirit and simply perfectly written songs – an art seemingly lost in days, where most bands rather show off their technical skills instead of constructing effective hooks and epic melodies.
Recorded once again at Art Decay Studio with Rickard Kottelin throughout the Summer of this year, DEVIAN decided to subsequently hook up with Hypocrisy / Pain mastermind Peter Tägtgren for further production duties and the intense mixdown of the album at The Abyss Studio (Immortal, Marduk, Dimmu Borgir, etc.) while mastering duties were once again taken care of by Peter In De Betou / Tailor Maid Production (Dimmu Borgir, Arch Enemy, Dark Tranquillity, etc.).
Such illustrious sonic set-up didn’t fail and consequently “God To The Illfated” sounds as honest, natural and powerful as it ever gets, enhancing DEVIAN’s newest material to document a giant and very impressing step forwards for the band. Razorsharp riffs dominate songs like the driving title-track, the catchy bonebreaker “The Unspoken” and the album’s fierce opening track “Mask Of Virtue”, whereas mid-tempo monsters like “I’m The Pariah”, “Awaiting Doom”, “Saintbleeder” or the atmospheric “When The Vultures Left” should become new highlights of the band’s live show at instant.
Rounded off by masterly macabre artwork by renowned Greek artist Seth (Paradise Lost, Exodus, Soilwork, etc.) “God To The Illfated” is a sensational sophomore effort that is destined to spread DEVIAN’s qualities and message all over the place.