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Pale Divine are one of those bands that the phrase "unsung classic" was made for. Having released two albums of glorious psychedelic proto-doom, (with Thunder Perfect Mind remaining a personal favourite) number three Cemetery Earth will no doubt once again be missed by the majority.
All the aspects that make a perfect proto-doom album are present here, heartfelt and well executed. The most important factor here is that it's doomy. It trudges along at a melancholic pace with a booming bottom end and almost tangible fuzz. Sorrowful riffs and mournful leads carry you through on a funeral march of Sabbathian quality. The trademark guitar work of Klein and Diener is out in full force with '(I Alone) The Traveller' serving as the perfect example. Floating in via harmonious distortion it twists and turns through seamless solos, all supported by the gruff tones of Diener. 'Soul Searching' showcases the duo's groovier sensibilities and the typical lengthy title track is Doom 101.
Another Pale Divine album, another slab of doomy perfection. Next time you're about to spin Pentagram's self titled or stick on Holy Mountain for the 1000th time, given Cemetery Earth a try (and track down Thunder Perfect Mind while you're at it).
Pale Divine – Cemetery Earth
This is Pale Divines third release, and the band has really progressed from their first album, where some of the songwriting was lacking. Though with this new album the singing, riffs, and writing all mesh together to create a warm uplifting doom album. It has the timeless doom riffing in the vein of Sabbath, Pentagram, and Vitus, but they keep their own sound by mixing in their own ideas on how the songs should be put together. The songs range lengths range from 5 minutes to about 10 on their epic title track.
Though the album has some darker lyrics to them, the overall feeling is uplifting. This is something doom metal bands have been able to do for sometime now. I think of Trouble – Psalm 9, which is a Christian oriented band, yet sounds so dark and evil. Cemetery Earth is a perfect example of combination of two different moods making something special.
The highlight of this album is definitely the riffing, and is shown on (I Alone) The Traveler and Cemetery Earth. The tone of the guitars is relaxing and is a great compliment to a night of drinking with a few friends or nice relaxing evening.
Again Pale Divine delivers us a fine work of art. For all those who thought the 70s psychedelic rock and the proto doom had vanished, you were wrong. Pale Divine is back and shows us how it really has to be done.
The album opens with "The Eyes of Destiny" and thereby immediately puts in one of the most refined songs on the entire cd. With blasting bass guitars and demolishing psychedelic guitar solos, the band proves to be worthy to masters of the genre Black Sabbath. Psychedelic influences of Budgie, and doom legends like Pentagram, Witchfinder General, Candlemass, Saint Vitus and Pagan Altar got this band heavily influenced, and that's not a bad thing. Predecessors Cathedral and The Obsessed are both "dead", so it was time to get a replacement. It's amazing how a band can manage to recreate a sound that made the 70s doom genre to what it represents today. When you hear for example "(I Alone) The Traveller", it's almost impossible to recognise an early proto doom song from this one. If there wasn't the more polished and professional sound involved, it even wouldn't be recognizable at all. The insane solo's of guitar players Greg and John are so damn great (and absolutely don't get annoying), that you just would kill to be back in 'the days'. And no better song to prove that, then the magnificent and ultra-psychedelic "Cemetery Earth", the titeltrack that is. The atmosphere, the nostalgic vibe, there are no words to describe the feelings - but Pale Divine calls them out from your inner self, and gives you one hell of an album to satisfy them.
This material should be obligated in schools to show people that music can still be music, and therefor it should be in any collection of every doom fan out there. The slowness of the 70s and the epic, yet heavy lyric-themes are no reason to doubt that - go out and buy this amazing piece of already-written-history.