Dead Soul Tribe was formed by Devon Graves in 2000. Graves was originally the vocalist for another progressive metal band, Psychotic Waltz, where he was credited as Buddy Lackey, but departed from the group in 1997, claiming that he felt himself to be the band's "weakest link". In Dead Soul Tribe Graves serves as the principal songwriter, lead vocalist and guitarist as well as the producer on all of its releases. The remainder of the band consists of Adel Moustafa on drums and Roland Ivenz on bass, with Roland Kerschbaumer, who joined the band in 2002, providing additional guitarwork.
The band's sound is characterized by heavy usage of tribal rhythms, dark atmospherics and unusual time signatures. Several Dead Soul Tribe tracks, such as Black Smoke and Mirrors on A Murder of Crows and Toy Rockets on The January Tree feature Devon Graves on flute, an instrument he picked up largely due to his admiration for Jethro Tull mainman Ian Anderson.
The band's fifth studio album, A Lullaby for the Devil, was released on September 11, 2007.