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A tidal wave of pounding drums and guitars
Posted by: StaticSeth from: MA on
I figured Divine Heresy would be a one-album, one-time thing for guitarist Dino Cazares, and to my wonder this band is still kickin’. When their debut Bleed The Fifth came out I considered it to be the best Fear Factory album never made. I was taken aback by how aggressive the drums and guitars were... and still am with their sophomore effort Bringer Of Plagues. I have to say that both albums top Arkaea’s Years In The Darkness, which supposedly features songs that were meant to be on a new Fear Factory album. I like both bands, but Divine Heresy is superior in songwriting, and it comes as no surprise that Cazares is allegedly back in with Fear Factory and guitarist Christian Olde Wolbers is out (and doing his Arkaea thing).
Something new with Divine Heresy is singer Travis Neal replacing the fired Tommy Vext. In my opinion Neal isn’t as aggressive as Vext but still brings the hammer. The only thing I don’t like is his clean vocals in “Darkness Embedded,” which are kind of whiny and off key or something. It just doesn’t sound right, but overall Neal is a good replacement and his harsh vocals fit in well. While I’m judging – and I hate to downplay something that’s good as a whole – the bass isn’t very prominent. Bringer of Plagues is a tidal wave of pounding drums and relentless guitars. I feel like the band tries to play as fast and hard as they can, and that’s where the bass becomes lost.
Like Bleed The Fifth, this new material is essentially much of the same, which somehow satisfyingly makes it difficult to pick a favorite. Choose both I must! Tim Yeung is still a monster behind the drum kit. Every song is annihilated with kick drums and ungodly percussion. Dino Cazares’ guitar-playing gallops and thrashes like a possessed thoroughbred. Your ear drums will be crushed into a fine powder. This album is one of my favorites of 2009 and while rumors swirl that Cazares is rejoining Fear Factory, I hope Divine Heresy isn’t forgotten.
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