Divine Heresy
Bleed the Fifth


3.5
great

Review

by Ethereal Space Yogurt USER (204 Reviews)
September 23rd, 2007 | 109 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Fast paced groove metal in the vein of Fear Factory, with a twist.

Fear Factory master mind Dino Cazares returns to the metal fold with a new band, a new lineup and a new sound although traces of Fear Factory can be found throughout the music as Dino's signature style is more present than ever. Rounded out by drummer extraordinaire Tim Yeung, known for participating in death metal powerhouse's Vital Remains and Hate Eternal adds his speed driven abilities to Dino's onslaught. Rounding out the trio is unknown muscle head Tommy Vext. Together, they form a tight unit squeezing as much talent from their abilities and create pounding music tailor made for the 90's metal scene as well as the ever growing metal core scene.

Divine Heresy incorporate a wide variety of styles of extreme music into their music such as hardcore, brutal death metal, metal core, and Fear Factory’s exoskeleton outlining the music being played. Right away you hear the pounding blast beat's and lightning speed double bass that recall some of the death metal legends. Dino Cazares plays Fear Factory influenced riffing while bolstering his sound with more technicality then shown in Fear Factory, while incorporating new elements to his style of old. Solos are to be found throughout, balancing the brutality with the melody. Now, some people might be put off by Tommy's vocal style. With the death metal influences creating the mood of the music, it is rare to hear the 90's flavored hardcore growl being incorporated into the music. The screaming isn't very impressive after the first couple of listens but later it feels like it blends in seamlessly. When Tommy introduces his clean vocals to the mix, you realize that he has a strong voice that many can find listenable upon first listen. Tommy's clean vocals have a mainstream hard rock vibe that could be used in rock acts like Crossfade or Soil. Bass lines are heavy and deep when heard thanks to Joe Payne. Although not sure if he has become a full member, he plays his part well as the rest of the instrument’s begin to rage.

Divine Heresy can't really be pigeonholed into one genre as many styles are immediately heard upon first listen. Dino has always been the strength of Fear Factory, with his hard hitting guitar tones and groove oriented attack, cementing him as one of metal's great guitarists of the 90's. Here, Dino refines his musical assault slightly with adding solos and untold technicality to the mix. This CD is balanced on a more technical groove attack, heavier and harder than Fear Factory, while adding new melodies to the mix as Tommy changes vocal tones. Tommy's clean vocals are the standout on the CD, as a particular strong outing is shown by Tommy. Trading off hardcore growls with hard rock vocals merges perfectly. Anyone familiar with Yeung should expect his high intensified performance to shine on this debut. Standout "Failed Creation" opens up with hardcore vocals and fast drumming patterns as Dino's guitar hit's it's first groove. Tommy's harsh vocals dominate until he beckons’ in the chorus with his strong vocals, adding much needed diversity to the music being played.

Fans of Fear Factory or metal in general should find something to enjoy on this CD, as aspects of rock and metal are merged perfectly. Divine Heresy is an up and coming band complete with tight playing, great songwriting skills, and a strong outing showing potential to become big in the dying metal scene consisting of the likes of Chimaira and Machine Head.



Pros:

-Some diversity is shown throughout, many sub genres blended well.

- Solos add new elements to Fear Factory style riffing

-Strong clean vocals.



Cons:

-Bit repetitive

-Harsh vocals might turn some off.

-More diversity could make this band a house hold name.

- Lyrics are at times immature, and usually just pout in anger.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Crysis
Staff Reviewer
September 23rd 2007


16440 Comments


I'm not much of a Fear Factory fan at all.

Digging: Swallowed - Lunarterial

BallsToTheWall
September 23rd 2007


44644 Comments


Huh, Fear Factory, and Pantera pretty much dominated my ear waves.This Message Edited On 11.26.07

Digging: Mare Cognitum - Phobos Monolith

Otisbum
September 23rd 2007


1912 Comments


I'd fix up the Pros/Cons section, it's really hard to just look at since it's spaced like that.

EDIT: Better, but I was thinking more along the lines of using hypehens as bullets.This Message Edited On 09.23.07

blackened07
September 23rd 2007


949 Comments


I'll probably buy this soon, I've heard a couple of songs off of it on headbangers ball, and I liked them.

BallsToTheWall
September 23rd 2007


44644 Comments


Pretty great cd. Well Dino's one of my fav guitarists along with rizzo.

Crimson
September 23rd 2007


1935 Comments


If I were you, I'd lay out the pros/cons like this:

Pros:
-Some diversity is shown throughout, many sub genres blended well.
-Solos add new elements to Fear Factory style riffing
-Strong clean vocals.

Cons:
-Bit repetitive
-Harsh vocals might turn some off.
-More diversity could make this band a house hold name.
-Lyrics are at times immature, and unneeded language.

Just looks a bit neater, apart from that though, solid review man.This Message Edited On 09.23.07

TheStarclassicTreatment
September 23rd 2007


2910 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Fast paced groove metal in the vein of Fear Factory, with a twist.

Is the twist that they suck?

Tommy's harsh vox are horrible, but he is a very good clean singer.
Dino and Tim are pretty boring on the single, except for this super cool beat that goes on for a bit, though I can't remember where.
I'm not checking this out myself.

BallsToTheWall
September 23rd 2007


44644 Comments


Well im a huge ff fan so I probaly enjoy this more than most. But seriously why am I not ranked?

Wizard
September 24th 2007


19524 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I was really turned off the one song I heard by them! Well written review none the less.

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morjens
October 8th 2007


207 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome album even though i'm sure they can do better. The songs could be a bit more diverse (especially the drumming) even though i love Tim's drumming. and this album still has filler tracks like Royal Blood Heresy. The lyrics are great. Good review btw! and i gotta agree with you that Tommy's vocals arent that great but he does have an incredible clean singing voice.This Message Edited On 10.08.07

BallsToTheWall
October 8th 2007


44644 Comments


Yeah his harsh vocals are strange for the music. Blastbeats and fear factory riffing with hardcore growling, weird. His singing makes up for it though.

Metalikane
October 30th 2007


851 Comments


Yes, I think it sounds a lot like Fear Factory from the Soul of a New Machine era. Meaning, the music is really heavy. The clean vocals sound, sort of, like that from their later records. This, to me, is just another Fear Factory with better vocals (although they can be a little weird at times) and better drumming. The guitar is pure trademark Dino, and to me that was Fear Factory. Fuck Burton. He was/is horrible. Raymond is a good drummer, but I dont think he knows what a tom is. I just like this because its what Ive always wanted Fear Factory to sound like. Fast and heavy.

i am the robots
November 1st 2007


1027 Comments


this cd is terrible, the only redeeming quality is the drumming

TheStarclassicTreatment
November 1st 2007


2910 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Actually , I love these guys now.
So good.
Good review too

blackened07
November 1st 2007


949 Comments


I really enjoyed this album too.

BallsToTheWall
November 1st 2007


44644 Comments


The drumming is really impressive on here. Even on the single Tim plays lightning fast.

i am the robots
November 1st 2007


1027 Comments


Too bad everything else is cheesy as hell.
"Bleed The Fifth" how gay can you get?

TheStarclassicTreatment
November 1st 2007


2910 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

how is 'Bleeding The Fifth' gay or cheesy????
Tim is a beast, but I'd like to see him play with these live to see if he actually plays all that Double bass.
Dino and the singer are impressive too.

TheStarclassicTreatment
November 1st 2007


2910 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyDPBzPxVkA

This is him playing Failed Creation at two different speeds, filmed by the other two members of the group

Holy shit he's good.

blackened07
November 1st 2007


949 Comments


I like the singers clean vocals.



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