Divinity - Allegory review
|Release date:||June 2007|
02. Power Control
05. Modern Prophecy
07. The Unending
09. The Diarist
Here is a new band that deserves your full attention because you will need all you got to follow Divinity into a pit of crushing compositions. The Calgary-based combo presents a juggernaut album with influences ranging from Death to Into Eternity to Meshuggah. I guess you get the picture; we are in front of a brutal mix of Thrash, Death and Progressive Metal.
First of all, the production is killer, which makes sense since Tue Madsen [Dark Tranquillity, The Haunted] mixed and mastered the record. The sound is so dead-on for Divinity's music; it makes their debut-album a solid contender for best Progressive Thrash album of the year.
All songs featured here are rhythmically insane, catchy and definitely surprising on all levels. From the unyielding vocals of Sean Jenkins to the unusual guitar work of Sacha Laskow and James Duncan, Divinity is a phenomenon to behold. The clinical drumming of Brett Duncan coupled with the progressive bass lines of Nick Foster create a unique powerful structure to all their songs.
While the lyrical choruses a la Shadows Fall pop in here and there, the strongest point of this band is its ability to throw listeners off at every turn possible. What other band changes rhythm 180 degrees in the middle of a guitar solo? I know maybe a handful, but rarely has it been done with such poise.
Tracks such as 'Chasm' and 'The Diarist' are not without evoking the band Death; however, above all Divinity earns its own sound through killer riffs and aggressive vocals.
Watch out people, the guys of Divinity already sound like accomplished musicians and Allegory is one of the most solid debut-albums I have heard in a long time. I foresee a great future for them, and I already await their next album eagerly. Divinity, remember that name.
Highlights: 'Induce', 'Plasma', 'Modern Prophecy' and 'Strain'.
Written on 23.09.2007 by
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