Choke The River was release April 5, 2011 on Diminished Fifth records. It spent an impressive 18 weeks on the Earshot Loud charts, peaking at #3.
PRESS AND HIGHLIGHTS:
Named one of the 'Top 10 Opening Acts In Canada This Summer' by Crave Online!
"everything here is built upon a foundation of pure, heavy grooves"
"If you dig southern influenced Metal with a nice dose of Rock, or if you miss Pantera or if you are a member of a Black Label Society chapter, than this band might be right up your alley"
"The grooves are just as heavy and infectious as any band you could name, while the sound is so grimy it would make Matt Pike want to go take a shower."
"Bringing together sludge metal with aspects of thrash and more heaviness"
"If we could bottle Death Valley Driver’s swamp water/metal than we would have a generation of horn throwing, head banging, swamp water drinking, metal fans that understand good music is not about genre identification. It’s about giving bands the freedom to explore their sound and supporting them with raw energy and enthusiasm."
Like it's namesake, Death Valley Driver will leave you with a sore neck and a few bruises. Since forming in 2008, they have become one of the hardest gigging metal bands on the Island. In that time, they have played all over the Maritimes. The five-piece has shared the stage with Metallica, Coheed & Cambria, Seether, Protest The Hero, Matt Mays, Misery Index, Obscura and many others.
They recently released their debut album "Choke The River" on Diminished Fifth Records. The album, engineered by Haywire's David Rashed, has gotten rave reviews and had charted nationally on several Loud charts on university radio, peaking so far at number 3.
Their song "Sleeping All December" is being used as the entrance music for Ring of Honor tag team The Briscoes and most recently Death Valley Driver was named by Craveonline as one of the top 10 Opening Acts in Canada This Summer for their opening performance for Metallica on Rock the Hill 2011.
Dan Hodgson - Vocals
Ryan P. Gallant - Drums
Ray Blacquiere - Guitar
Nick Doucette - Guitar
Ric Rumbolt - Bass
-Winner of the Clash of the Bands to open for METALLICA, COHEED & CAMBRIA, SEETHER, PROTEST THE HERO on the Hill in Halifax (2011)
-Winner of the Regional Q104 Battle of the bands to open for rock legend’s KISS (2008 PEI)
-Vocalist Dan Hodgson is also in the east coast metal band Gallactus
-The cover art was done by John Dohe and layout by John Sudbury
-The Guitar on the album was recorded by Trevor Richards and Ray Blacquiere
-The Album was recorded & engineered by David Rashed (Haywire)
For Fans of: Down, The Sword, Devildriver, Lamb of God