DEVILDRIVER singer Dez Fafara (ex-COAL CHAMBER) has responded to KATAKLYSM vocalist Maurizio Iacono's accusation that DEVILDRIVER are "trying to make themselves look real [metal] by getting on real metal tours."
In a press statement issued earlier today, Iacono voiced his frustration over the fact that DEVILDRIVER were chosen over KATAKLYSM to be one of the support acts on the upcoming OPETH North American tour, saying "today is a sad day not only for KATAKLYSM, but for real metal in general... no disrespect intended towards DEVILDRIVER, 'coz I don't even know the guys personally except for the fact that there's an ex-COAL CHAMBER member... what I'm saying is shit happens, we lost the tour... so what, business is business... but to lose it to a band that comes from the Nu-metal era is what I don't get, that style is dead and now they are trying to make themselves look real by getting on real metal tours. If OPETH, KATAKLYSM and MOONSPELL would be on a Nu-metal tour we would all get tomatoes thrown at us, but we as real metalheads have to sit back and accept shit like this happening to our scene."
Speaking to antiMUSIC shortly after Iacono's statement was issued, Dez said, "After hearing Maurizio's comment from KATAKLYSM, I feel I need to respond. I bought your new album and I thought it's great. And good luck with it. Hope to see you on the road… DEVILDRIVER."
As previously reported, OPETH's North American tour, dubbed "Lamentations Over America Tour 2004", will kick off on January 20 in Edmonton in Alberta, Canada and will conclude on February 28 in Worcester Massachusetts. DEVILDRIVER will rotate the opening slot with Portugal's MOONSPELL.