The creative force behind the genre-defying, legendary metal titans Fear Factory, guitarist Dino Cazares, has returned with a mind-blowing, scathing new offering that shatters the boundaries of conventionality with unrelenting intensity, precision and speed.
This new offering from Cazares' extreme metal juggernaut Divine Heresy also features one of the genre's most acclaimed drummers, Tim Yeung (ex-Nile, Vital Remains), bassist Joe Payne (ex-Nile) and newcomer vocalist Travis Neal (ex-The Bereaved, Pushed).
This pummeling new offering, "Bringer Of Plagues", which is set for a July 28th North American release, redefines the meaning of aggression and takes extreme to an all new level. Neal has undoubtedly proven that he is the perfect fit for the role as he delivers a debut performance for the ages.
Divine Heresy are hard at work on their much anticipated sophomore release, their first with Travis Neal on vocals. The group plan on hitting the studio early next year once again with acclaimed producer Logan Mader (Gojira, Cavalera Conspiracy). To tide fans over, Divine Heresy have completed work on a new video for "Bleed The Fifth," which perfectly captures the band's frenetic live energy. It made its exclusive, online debut through the Headbangers Ball Blog yesterday (16th October) and premieres on MTV2 this Saturday night. Click on this link.
Dino Cazares (guitars) further comments: "The original concept for the "Bleed The Fifth" video was just to have a stripped down, in your face performance clip that was as unrelenting as the song itself. We shot it on a green screen and all of the effects were added in post production, which was very odd considering we are jamming out in front of a blank wall not having any idea how everything was going to look.
Divine Heresy regret to announce the following message, posted on the group's MySpace page:
"Divine Heresy would like to send our sincerest apologies to all of our South American fans. We were so happy to finally be able to come down and play some killer show's for all of you guys!, but the promoter (Casa De Musica) fucked up getting the necessary work visa's and flight's. Please do not let this reflect negatively on the band and as soon as we find a new promoter we will come back down there and tear it up!"
Century Media announced the following post for the Divine Heresy regarding their search for a new vocalist:
"There has been much speculation as of late to the status of Divine Heresy's lead singer situation after their last tour, and the band is now going back to the drawing board to explore more options. If you are interested in trying out for the position, you need to go to the group's Myspace page to download some instrumental tracks. You will need to record your vocals on them and submit them back to Divineheresyband@AOL.com along with a bio, any possible photos and contact info. Vocal tracks should be as organic as possible. No autotune or vocal effects, excessive reverb, etc.
Headbangers Ball Blog can exclusively reveal that singer Tommy Cummings has been fired from Divine Heresy. The move came after Cummings flew into a rage during a show on April 26 in Poughkeepsie, New York when the other players wouldn't let him end the set early.
"He gave us 10 different reasons why we should stop — 'My microphone doesn't work, I got diarrhea, the monitors are f-ked up' — whatever he could think of," Cazares told HeadbangersBlog.com. "And we decided that's not fair to the fans. We wanted to give them a full show."
In part, the other members of Divine Heresy decided to finish the gig because they didn't think Cummings was being honest about why he wanted to cut the set short. "We felt that he wanted to end the show early to go hang out at the New England Metal Fest, which we were supposed to be performing at the next day," Cazares said.
Roadrunner Records UK reports: "To coincide with the beginning of the Divine Heresy UK tour we have uploaded "Purity Defiled", a song which is only available on the Japanese version of "Bleed The Fifth". The stream will only be available for the duration of the tour so make your way to our music section to listen to it while it's there. Click here to listen to "Purity Defiled".
Divine Heresy UK Tour dates are:
11 Dec 2007 UNDERWORLD London, UK
12 Dec 2007 ZODIAC Oxford, UK
13 Dec 2007 WEDGEWOOD ROOMS Portsmouth, UK
14 Dec 2007 ARTS CENTRE Colchester, UK
15 Dec 2007 SUGARMILL Stoke, UK
16 Dec 2007 KING TUTS Glasgow, UK
17 Dec 2007 ACADEMY 2 Manchester, UK