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the Devil Himself / Press

“Five years ago, The Devil Himself got its start while playing cards. “We got formed around a poker table,” recalls guitarist/singer Dave Christensen. “We all used to play and it kept coming up in conversation that we all played different instruments. We kept saying we should jam, but our lives wouldn’t allow it. Finally it came together and we haven’t stopped playing since.” Flash forward to today, and the Santa Cruz-based alternative metal band—also featuring guitarist Dan Burnham, drummer Jason Goldberg, and bass guitarist Austin Wilhoit—has just released its fifth album and third EP, Speak No Evil, on Oct. 1, 2011. The record is the final segment in a three-part series, also featuring See No Evil and Hear No Evil, that sounds like a thundering bastard child of Tool, with electric surges and hauntingly heavy vocals that mirror a grittier Chevelle. Frequently packing local venues with head-banging moshers....”

“THE DEVIL HIMSELF - Catalyst; $7; 10/01/11 9pm Specializing in potent riffage and full-throated primal screams, Santa Cruz’s The Devil Himself brings a distinctively personal perspective to metal. Letting loose a lifetime of personal demons and emotional baggage, lead singer and guitarist Dave Christensen is an emotive and visceral presence leading the band. His compatriots—guitarist Dan Burnham, bassist Austin Wilhoit and drummer Jason Goldberg—match Christensen’s intensity, with muscular yet inventive arrangements. The band’s sophomore release, The Way Souls Sway, is one of the heaviest and most credible slabs of heavy metal to emerge from Santa Cruz in recent years.”

“The Devil Himself With the crunch of a thousand skulls underfoot and the vocals of an immolated eagle comes The Devil Himself. The four-man army—spawned in the darkest pits of Santa Cruz in 2006—is manned by soldiers of metal Dave Christensen, Dan Burnham, Austin Wilhoit and Jason Goldberg. With interlocking guitar riffs, machine gun drums and flaming vocals, The Devil Himself will charge The Catalyst this Saturday. Those uninitiated, who desire a glimpse of the darkness to come, should search the depths of YouTube for the “Gates of Hell.” | SM”

“Combining powerful melodies with hard-edged vocals, dual guitars, and a deep, steady rhythm section, the Devil Himself took the crowd at The Brit on a dark, grinding journey that was reminiscent of the best early grunge.”

“Adding a metallic charge to the competition, The Devil Himself brings the iron-wrought gates of eternal damnation to the stage with confidence. Abandon every hope, he who plays against these guys.”

“the Devil's sound was dark, driving and calculated--an intriguing meld of grunge, metal and prog-rock. Though I only heard the group play a couple of songs, it was clear its talent level was high, as was its ability to rock an audience into shameless oblivion.”

“Damn... I think my face just got ROCKED off!”

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“One must understand that the Devil Himself is not a one-dimensional sort of band; The songs crave a deeper involvement from the listener, to truly stop and absorb them. This is not throw-away crap. This is art which comes from an intensely personal space”

“At Coaster’s Lounge, I saw The Devil Himself and Honest Mistake. The Devil Himself is my kind of intense. Pretty heavy and hard, but their tunes are intricate with heavy melodies that stay with you. They need to be heard.”

“Artistic, introspective, and almost self-deprecating while resolving its own issues, Pushing The Panic Button reminds me of some early, pre-Seattle grunge, heavy in its content and overall execution.”

“Have you ever met The Devil Himself? Quite an experience. Their raw talent has been captured perfectly inside a little piece of plastic we commonly refer to as a CD. Pushing the Panic Button... ”

“Patterning itself after a debauched punk-rock circus, Lodgeapalooza boasts the talents of local punk and metal heavyweights Three Up Front, Honest Mistake, The Devil Himself, Who's Holdin' and My Stupid Brother.”

“The Devil Himself took the stage next and grabbed the locals by the throat. This up and coming group had a stellar performance with thoughtful lyrics and mind blowing riffs”