John DeVol is an American musician best known as one of the founding guitarists for the Seattle-based band Culprit.[1][2]


DeVol began his career in the late 1970s when he formed the band Orpheus with bassist Scott Earl and drummer Bud Burrill.[2][3] This trio of musicians performed mostly at backyard parties without a vocalist, playing a hodgepodge of their own songs and covers from bands such as Black Sabbath, Rainbow, and Judas Priest.[3] Eventually, they merged with vocalist Jeff L'Heureux and guitarist Kjartan Kristoffersen, both of whom played in the band Amethyst, and began a new project named Culprit.[2][3] Their song "Players" was included on Shrapnel Records' 1982 compilation album U.S. Metal Vol. II, and a year later their debut album, Guilty As Charged, was released. Culprit continued touring and working on some new tunes for potential release over a two-year period. However, things began to unravel when Scott Earl left to join TKO. Although the band continued for a brief spell with Scott Bringedahl filling in for Earl, Kjartan Kristofferson would also leave to join TKO, causing Culprit to split up. Although DeVol has reunited with Culprit on multiple occasions beginning in 2001, he has since left the band to focus on his current project Stonebender alongside his wife, Nollie DeVol.[1][4]




  • Stonebender (2009)

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 John DeVol at Encyclopaedia Metallum. (2011-04-10). Retrieved on November 3, 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Rivadavia, Eduardo. Allmusic bio. Retrieved on January 10, 2012.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Culprit "The Heavy Metal Sentence". Facebook (2018-09-15). Retrieved on August 26, 2014.
  4. Culprit "The Heavy Metal Sentence". Facebook (2018-09-15). Retrieved on August 26, 2014.
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