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Allright, i must admit I was not looking forward to this album by any means or anything recoreded by Dino Cazares for that matter. Let's face it, his last work with Fear Factory was all but satisfactory. In more ways than one, it was downright horrible, so i was surprised when i heard Divine Heresy & all the maniacal head fuck insanity they brought with them. This turned out to be all what Fear Factory fans were hoping for and then some.
Dino's managed to get hold of a handful of talented musicians here. Tim Yeung, the drummer, has made his mark in bands such as Hate Eternal, Vital Remains, Aurora Borealis & Nile, and he brings a lot to the table here in Divine Heresy. His drumbeats are unimaginably fast & slick, and let's not even forget the sick super speed double bass, which are interestingly, locked on with Dino's picking. Yup, very FF'ish right there. The whole album is like Fear Factory on heavy steroids & every other known supplement.
Dino himself hasn't changed as a guitar player. Some might argue that the riffs on here are pretty generic and boring, but i ask them, when was he the best technical guitar player to begin with? He does what he's good at, and that's machine-gun style riffage that's heavy as hell & very very potent. Needless to say, there are a few solos dispersed throughout the album too, so that's a refreshing change from the old school FF sound.
The vocalist is a completely different story though. His delivery is intense and everything in it's own right, but it also has way too many metal core touches which just doesn't fit right when the band's THIS destructive. The effect is brought down a lot & mellowed out. Even though he can sing, shout, scream and everything, I just can't stop thinking of Shadows Fall whenever he graces the mic. This is not for me, and is why I'm giving this album a 75. If it were some guttural vocalist or at least someone who wasn't so core-ish, it would've been an 85 easily.
The songs themselves follow a pretty similar route. Heavy and fast machine-gun riffage & complementing light speed double bass with many thunderous blast beats. Many clean choruses make their way into the songs as well, notably the one for "Failed Creation". It's very very catchy to say the least & effective, and the only thing the singer's good at apparently. The last track, Closure, feels out of place, as it's a Tool-esque ballad, but after all the 30 minute relentless ass-whooping, one would beg for something more subtle, and so, the ballad somehow works.
Overall, I'd say this is a very solid effort by a new band, and all they will do is improve if they carry the same vision throughout. The vocalist needs to change his style for God's sake, but the rest is just downright excellent & very heavy. Fans of Demanufacture/Obsolete era Fear Factory will eat this up & will make Fear Factory realize just what they have on their hands as competition in the form of Divine Heresy.
Notable tracks: Bleed the Fifth, Failed Creation, Impossible is Nothing & Rise of the Scorned.