Devilrider is an American heavy-metal band from Santa Barbara, California. Previous bassist, Jon Miller, guitarist Jeff Kendrick, and drummer John Boecklin formed the precursor band for Devilrider in 2002 while they were still in high school. The band was called Area-51 and it performed metal cover songs. At the same, vocalist Dez Fafara had been performing with his band Coal Chamber. Fafara did not like the direction his band was going in. He approached Miller, Kendrick, and Boecklin so that he could continue writing heavier music. Fafara also moved from Orange County to Santa Barbara and would invite musicians over to jam at his house. Evan Pitts, who came to these jam sessions, ultimately joined the band as the main songwriter. Devildriverâ€™s first self-titled album, was not well-received by critics. At this point, Pitt had left the band and was replaced with Mike Spreitzer. Devildriverâ€™s second album, The Fury of Our Makerâ€™s Hand, was much more successful. Thereafter, Devildriver encompassed on several different tours, most notably, Ozzfest. At many of their bigger tours, they attempt to hold Guinness World Records for the largest circle pits.