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DEVOLUTION Set For Debut Album Deceiver, Believer

By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Thursday, June 6, 2024 @ 11:38 AM


Out June 28th; New Lyric Video "Deceiver, Believer" Now Streaming

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DEVOLUTION has premiered the title track from the Deceiver, Believer album. Watch it BELOW.

DEVOLUTION is a collaborative project featuring musicians and friends Jon Howard (Threat Signal, Imonolith), Eric Tysor, Nate Beberdick, and Christian Olde Wolbers (ex-Fear Factory, Vio-lence, Cypress Hill, plus Arkaea - his previous band along with Jon Howard).

Jon Howard shares ""Deceiver, Believer" hits very hard for me. Honestly, every single time I hear it I get goosebumps and by the end I am in tears. I reached into a very deep and dark place to create these lyrics. The progression of the song and lyrics couldn't have worked out better to deliver my message. Big thanks to my bandmates for creating this amazing song for me to get my emotions out! I can't wait for everyone to hear the whole DEVOLUTION album!"

Christian Olde Wolbers says, "On Deceiver, Believer I get to work again with my longtime friend, Jon Howard, amongst two other great musicians, Nate and Eric. We put together an album of modern metal and we are super excited to release DEVOLUTION to the masses!"

With only two singles released, DEVOLUTION has already gained significant traction to the point where a DEVOLUTION shirt was worn by Edward Furlong in the horror film, The Forest Hills, featuring the return of Shelley Duvall. Their debut album Deceiver, Believer, out June 28th, also features guest appearances by Cristian Machado (ex-Ill Niņo, Lions at the Gate), Chris Dudley (Underoath) and Misstiq on synths.

"A song that was written to be the title track of our first album needed to be special," drummer Eric Tysor explains. "While not being the most technical song in our arsenal, this track is powerful not only in the music, but in the message of Jon's incredible vocals."

Guitarist Nate Beberdick adds ""Deceiver, Believer" is such a dynamic song both musically and lyrically. I love how the unconventional arrangement compliments Jon's lyrical storyline; setting the tone, creating the vibe, and evoking emotion. It's my hope that this song will serve as a beacon of hope for those struggling with addiction, their families, loved ones, and all who are negatively impacted by this soul crushing disease."

DEVOLUTION is a heavy powerhouse unit solidly rooted in Metal, driven by the dreams of an inseparable musical duo.

The roots of DEVOLUTION began when founder Nate Beberdick first found the urge to play guitar and start a band in his youth, a fateful move which led him to drummer Eric Tysor. The two Virginia-based buds started DEVIATION, traveling the East Coast in a run which found 15-year-old Nate sneaking into metal bars and clubs to perform, gaining a whirlwind of touring experiences over the course of three years, including shows with Burn The Priest-era LAMB OF GOD.

Even as DEVOLUTION's members eventually went their separate ways, there was no separating Nate and Eric, who not only bonded musically, but were actual family once Eric became Nate's brother-in-law. The two continued writing music and creating demos, working with additional musicians remotely. Despite their passion for keeping their music going, now under the DEVOLUTION moniker, the right people and timing simply did not line up for the duo quite yet. Altogether, they had amassed over 20 years worth of songwriting, but as Eric already had a family, and Nate focused in on a government career and his newborn twins, they stepped away from the music scene for a few years. No matter what, the passion for the craft could not be extinguished, and during a reflective and inspiring time period, Nate came to realize how much he needed music in his life, and determined to come back to it with a newly ignited energy that was stronger than ever. Naturally, Eric was right back in the game, and the inseparable pair were reunited to take on the world as DEVOLUTION.

A highly fortunate mixup found the Richmond, VA-based Nate connected with a metal producer in Richmond, Australia by the name of Dr. Mike Trubetskov, who happened to work with Jon Howard of THREAT SIGNAL. Uncertain whether he would take on another project, Nate and Eric approached Jon and were pleased to find that he appreciated their talents and agreed to join DEVOLUTION. Christian Olde Wolbers of FEAR FACTORY was the next to hop right on board and join his ARKEA bandmate, Jon Howard.

The new four-piece set out to record a music video with Scott Hansen (Meshuggah, Sevendust), a director that Nate had connected with when he appeared in MESHUGGAH's "The Abysmal Eye" video, but as the year was 2021, Canada-based Jon was unable to travel to the shoot. They still managed to pull together their first production, cementing DEVOLUTION as a band, while big plans converted an initial EP idea to a full-length.

METALLICA devotee Nate financed DEVOLUTION's independent debut full-length by selling his METALLICA collection to fund the project. Though he's been a lifelong METALLICA collector, he views it as a worthwhile sacrifice of music fueling music, and still has the power to push forward with a love of his favorite band, even with a lighter collection on his hands.

Nate and Eric are at the center of all songwriting for their full-length, with Tue Madsen following Producer Dr. Mike on mixing and mastering from his own Antfarm Studios in Denmark. The result is Deceiver, Believer, built on a foundation of their very own label, Close Encounter Records, with logo artwork created by Tony Squindo, MSTALLICA's famous artist. The album features a guest vocal appearance by Cristian Machado (ex-Ill Nino, Lions at the Gate), and synth work from Chris Dudley (Underoath), and Misstiq.

More on DEVOLUTION can be found at: https://devolutionmusic.com.


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