Metal Goes ... Country? DevilDriver Is Releasing a Cover Album of Outlaw Country Hits

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In your metal news today, groovy, melodic-metal outfit DevilDriver have announced they’re releasing a cover album full of outlaw country songs – which actually sounds fucking awesome.

Now, metal and punk, or metal and even pop have crossed over in the past (see the Punk Goes Pop series, which features bands like metalcore kings August Burns Red covering Britney Spears’ "Baby One More Time")

But the fact that this metal group would be undertaking some outlaw country grabbed our attention, because, after all this is Texas, and with how deep San Antonio’s metal roots run, this is right up our alley.

The album, entitled Outlaws 'Til the End will feature Willie Nelson's "Whiskey River," Johnny Paycheck's "I'm the Only Hell (Mama Ever Raised)," Johnny Cash's "The Man Comes Around," and Hank 3 performing his own song "Country Heroes," which he first released on Straight to Hell in 2006.

"Taking on 'Country Heroes' is something I've wanted to do for almost 10 years now, and to redo, rethink, and reimagine this with Hank himself was what this was all about. He sounds different than anyone has ever heard him sound, and it's a sound he wants people to know he can do," said vocalist Dez Fafara in a press release about the album.

DevilDriver releases Outlaws 'Til the End on July 6th via Napalm Records and is available now for preorder. Here's the full tracklist for the album:

1. "Country Heroes"
Written by Hank Williams III
Performed by Hank3 & Dez Fafara

2. "Whiskey River"
Written by Johnny Bush and Paul Stroud; recorded by Willie Nelson
Performed by Randy Blythe, Mark Morton of Lamb of God & Dez Fafara

3. "Outlaw Man"
Written by David Blue; recorded by the Eagles
Performed by Dez Fafara & Neal Tiemann of DEVILDRIVER

4. "Ghost Riders in the Sky"
Written by Stan Jones
Performed by John Carter Cash, Ana Cristina Cash, Randy Blythe & Dez Fafara

5. "I'm the Only Hell (Mama Ever Raised)"
Written by Bobby Bobby Borchers, Wayne Kemp, Mack Vickery; recorded by Johnny Paycheck
Performed by Dez Fafara & DEVILDRIVER

6. "If Drinking Don't Kill Me (Her Memory Will)"
Written by Harlan Sanders, Rick Beresford; recorded by George Jones
Performed by Wednesday13 & Dez Fafara

7. "The Man Comes Around"
Written by Johnny Cash
Performed by Lee Ving of Fear & Dez Fafara

8. "A Thousand Miles From Nowhere"
Written by Dwight Yoakam
Performed by Dez Fafara & Neal Tiemann of DEVILDRIVER

9. "Copperhead Road"
Written by Steve Earle
Performed by Brock Lindow of 36 Crazyfists & Dez Fafara

10. "Dad's 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 Williams Jr.
Performed by Dez Fafara & DEVILDRIVER

12. "The Ride"
Written by J.B. Detterline Jr., Gary Gentry; recorded by David Allan Coe
Performed by Lee Ving of Fear & Dez Fafara

Watch the trailer for the record below:

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