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Dalby rocker on the US metal charts

Dalby born John Sankey (far right) and his band Devil You Know stayed at the top of Liquid Metal's Devil's Dozen countdown for five weeks. Photo Contributed
Dalby born John Sankey (far right) and his band Devil You Know stayed at the top of Liquid Metal's Devil's Dozen countdown for five weeks. Photo Contributed Contributed

FOR Dalby-born Devil You Know drummer John Sankey, just being included on the Liquid Metal's Devils Dozen Countdown list among some of his favourite bands like Slayer, Megadeath, Fear Factory and Lamb of God was an honour.

But the band's single, Stay of Execution, from the new album, They Bleed Red, didn't just make the list - which counts down the top 12 new metal songs each week in America - it took out the top spot for five consecutive weeks.

"To actually have the top spot is mind-blowing," he said.

"It's amazing."

Mr Sankey said the song was the last one written for the new album.

"I was listening over all the material and felt like we needed one more really heavy and fast track to complete the record," he said.

"That song was comprised of parts we hadn't used from a few different ideas Francesco (guitarist) and I had written.

"I pulled them apart and made a rough demo, then we refined the parts and created the final song.

"Lyrically it talks about facing and overcoming certain struggles in life. Our singer Howard writes from a very personal place and a lot of people relate with that and build a strong connection to the lyrics."

Mr Sankey said the band came about when he and Francesco discussed working on a new project together, purely for fun, so they could do something different to the other bands they were involved with.

He said once Howard got involved, they decided to write an album and were signed by a major record label.

"Once that happened, the profile of the profile of the band blew up very quickly, the record was released world-wide and we hit the road on tour," he said.

"The rest is history."

Mr Sankey said playing to different people every night around the world was amazing.

"It's a total adrenaline rush and you can't replace that feeling, that's why I do it."

He said it was a very dysfunctional lifestyle and he was always on the move, but at the end of the day he got to do what he loved.

"We get to do what we love and to have a career playing music is awesome, I wouldn't change it for anything, but it's not for everyone."

The band toured Europe recently, playing all through Scandinavia and mainland Europe, with the final show at Wembley in London at the end of November.

The next tour the group has planned is at Soundwave 2016.

"Soundwave was actually the very first tour we did as Devil You Know in 2013 and we didn't even have an album out at the time, so to come back a few years later with two CDs released will be very cool," he said.

"We are all super excited about it and can't wait - bring it on!"


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