The Devastated: A Sonic Assault of Grime and Groove

Based out of the Riverside, CA area, The Devastated have been destroying stages all across the country in support of their recent Century Media Records release.  Entitled Devil’s Messenger, the disc is jammed packed with “Gross, Grimy, Groove” that will pulsate through your senses.   The recording also features a guest appearance by none other than Mitch Lucker of Suicide Silence!  In addition to touring with Suicide Silence, The Devastated has also shared the stage with bands such as Molotov Solution, Murder Death Kill, Shadows Fall, and Fear Factory.  Here is an interview we conducted with vocalist Greg Wilburn to find out more about the sonic assault known as The Devastated.  Read on…

Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in The Devastated, and how long the band has been together.
My name is Greg Wilburn. I am the vocalist for The Devastated. We have been together for about a year now.

Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there?
The Devastated is based out of Riverside Southern California. The scene there was awesome growing up, and I’m very proud to have grown up in that area. The Showcase Theatre in Corona was a home away from home for me. It’s where bands like Suicide Silence, Oblige and Impending Doom all got our start. Sadly it’s no longer around, and I really feel like that killed the immediate scene a bit (at least for me) at the same time there is still a great following in SoCal for Heavy Music and Hardcore, and we have been playing some awesome shows there over the past year. All in all, I’d say it’s still thriving. Just a lot different now days. Which goes for just about anything I guess.

How is the F*ck All Your Friend Tour been going and what have been some of the highlights?
This tour has been awesome. Everyone on the bill are great guys and that always makes a tour that much more pleasant to be on. Not to mention the shows have been drawing extremely well. A major highlight for all of us was our record dropping on this tour. So for the first time we started seeing kids singing a long and anticipating parts of songs. It was a great feeling.

Is there any story or concept behind the CD title Devil’s Messenger?
Devil’s Messenger” isn’t necessarily conceptual. Song inspiration ranges from sex, society, misanthropy and whatever else was on my mind at any given time while writing the record. For the most part it’s a big middle finger to conformists and people that cannot think for themselves. It’s not for the faint of heart and if you’re easily offended, you will be.

Please select any two songs from Devil’s Messenger and what inspired the lyrical content.
I’d like to respectively leave the lyrics to the listeners interpretation… As self-explanatory as some of them may be.

How did the cooperation with Century Media Records come about?
We wrote a two song demo. We were hanging out at the NAMM convention with some buddy’s and met now close friend George Vallee who was working with CM at the time. He loved the material and arranged for me to go down to the label the following week to meet a couple people, and drop off a couple demos. I went down there, and got a call later that evening… they really liked what they heard and it just went from there.

Who did the cover art for Devil’s Messenger and how much input did you have on it?
The absolutely amazing Jonathan Wayshak. We handpicked him after being referred by our buddy Hoz over at CM. Once we saw his art there was no one else we would settle for. I had a couple brainstorms with Jon. Let him know the album title and the basic idea behind it… and said ‘you’re the artist and I trust your judgement, so do your thing.’ What he returned is probably my favorite album art that I’ve seen in the past 10 years. I’m proud it’s ours.

How did Mitch Lucker of Suicide Silence become involved with the recording process?
Mitch has been a very close friend of mine for a very long time now. It was something we had talked about for a long time and it just ended up working out perfectly. We were mixing and he just so happened to be home from tour. He came down to the studio one day and knocked it out.

What could one expect from a live The Devastated show?
Energy. A lot of it. A bit psychedelic as well. We are really trying to push the theatrical aspect, as we feel like modern metal (at least in our immediate scene) is missing that. Every penny we make right now is usually being dumped into the live show and we are always thinking of creative new ways to separate ourselves from other acts. You won’t Leave a Devastated show without a lasting impression.

With at least one of the members being formally in Impending Doom, would you say that The Devastated is a Christian band at all? And do you still keep in touch with any of the Impending Doom members?
The Devastated is just a band. Period. We don’t get involved in religion because music was never about that to us. We all have our own personal views and are respectful of others, we just aren’t about that. The only Impending Doom member currently in The Devastated is Manny Contreras. He along with the rest of us, are all on good terms with the Doom guys and have a lot of love for them. David Sittig was actually in our music video for “Devil’s Messenger”.

Any strange or interesting stories from the road you could share?
I complimented a kid in Georgia on his watch. He didn’t say one word, just ripped the watch off of his wrist, started breaking it into 20 pieces and threw it on the ground.

What’s the first thing you plan to do when you get home from the F*ck All Your Friend Tour?
Hug my family, then sushi and beers with friends perhaps.

Any final words of wisdom?
Running in place is the fastest way to get nowhere.

(Interview by Kenneth Morton)

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