Divinity Destroyed Eden in Ashes
By Marcus Pan
This one is a real tough call. One the one
hand, Divinity Destroyed has immense talent, but on the other they have yet to
gel said talent into something cohesive, concrete and complete. There are lots
of shining ideas this band tinkers with and yet these ideas could use an even
better artisans polish to make them shine. As it is, the tracks on their
ambitious Eden in Ashes are often heady and undisciplined, yet the
potential is so evidently there.
Some pretty choruses on Threnody keeps the track
interesting, while nice guitar progression from Tom and Mark Ward exists on
Borealis even as the song tends to suffer from jagged rawness and random
haphazardness. On the other hand, you cant fault the excellent keyboards
and the vocal switches between clean and hard. Mark Ward has a pretty distinct
alt rock voice; hes on the path to be a sensation if he wants it.
The reeds and percussion that opens Nothing But a
Shadow accent the hypnotic guitar melodies that grace much of the song.
Again, a deeper furrow into the talents that comprise the band would embellish
this song beyond whats presented, although the heavy strumming section
certainly does a wonderful job in taking this song closer to its potential.
Empty the Sky is proof positive of this bands
potential. Its the most solid effort on the album with steady beats and
hammering guitars, while Mark Ward relaxes amidst the tempos and harmonies
hes given, especially once the song explodes towards the finish line.
Disciple likewise displays the progressive capabilities of Divinity
Destroyed, which builds strength upon its few shortfalls. The screaming part
jettisons unexpectedly, but its so blatant and recorded poorly it roars
like a frustrated soundboardists pissy tantrum. Some better mixing in the
future will likely overcome this predicament.
Its likely that if Divinity Destroyed continues to
improve, this album will be a sought-after collectors item. Again, the
talent is evidently there and it will serve as a blueprint for this bands
future work. Itll be interesting to check in with this Divinity Destroyed
on their sophomore effort.
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