Divine Heresy
Bringer of Plagues


2.5
average

Review

by The Writer Ov This Review USER (49 Reviews)
July 27th, 2009 | 13 replies | 3,263 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Divine Heresy try to spread their 15 minutes of fame into two full length albums.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Divine Heresy is a metalcore band that was formed in 2006 by ex- Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazarez. Their first album "Bleed the Fifth" got them a fair amount of mainstream success in the metal community. They are back, this time with a new vocalist. They are here to drop even more blastbeats on your broken face...

The main thing that seperates this album from their last is the change in vocals. Honestly the new vocalist has the same range as their last. His attempts at singing are horrible though, and throughout the record it seems as though he is trying to imitate the past member's voice, which wouldn't be a problem if he put emotion into it, he sounds as though he is bored while singing throughout the record. This plan falls flat on it's face before the first song is over. The vocalist has great range he could do better if he just completely dropped the singing, and focused more on his screams, which are also average, this could've turned out much better.

Divine Heresy have a very tight, fast rhythm throughout this album, the only problem is they don't change it up enough for it to remain entertaining even throughout the first half of the album. The attempt at a progressive moment in "Redefine" is so random and doesn't even attempt to be cohesive in anyway. There are some fairly catchy moments on the record, take the main riff of "Facebreaker" for instance, but for the most part the riffs are heavy but boring with a few exceptions.

The stop and go style riffing the band uses the majority of the album gets very boring after the first couple tracks they are used in. There aren't too many solos to be found on the record, but when they come into play they are decent and I wouldn't mind them popping up more often. They are a good break from the constant unrelenting chug style that is played.

The softest song featured on the album would be "Darkness Embedded", the song features sung vocals throughout which are weak but overall the song manages to be one of the better tracks on the album. Clean guitars are quickly interrupted by the machinegun style chugging that Divine Heresy is known for, but somehow this is all done in a cohesive way. The before mentioned song is the only attempt at something new on the record, which still winds up sounding like something you would hear on your local rock station, but at least they tried. This album is just what most probably expected it to be a rehashed version of their first album with different vocals.

The bottom line is that if Divine Heresy don't make a drastic change by their next album they will be on the *** list of metalheads across the land. Overall I'm giving this a 2.5 out of 5 due to the fact that this still remains semi-entertaining. Divine Heresy have certainly proved they can be brutal but until they come up with something new I'm simply not interested. "Bringer of Plagues" just furthers the thought that as a band, Divine Heresy is a one trick pony. Hardcore Dino fans may like this but for anyone else I say stay away, if you simply have to hear Divine Heresy pick up "Bleed the Fifth". Hey, look on the bright side we still have the new Fear Factory to look foward too...



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Comments:Add a Comment 
combustion07
July 27th 2009



5339 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I know another review was just posted for this but I figured since I already had mine all typed up I'd post it, let me know if there are any mistakes.

combustion07
July 27th 2009



5339 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I thought their first album was decent, it didn't have much replay value though.

Fxxkit13
July 27th 2009



1559 Comments


I was disappointed by their debut. The only truly good song was the single.

combustion07
July 27th 2009



5339 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

@fxxxkit Bleed the Fifth or Failed Creation?

Fxxkit13
July 27th 2009



1559 Comments


Failed Creation
they had one other good song on the CD, but i dont remember its name

BassDemon333
July 27th 2009



3351 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The closing track on the debut, "Closure", was great imo. It beats "Darkness Embedded" as far as clean vocals go. Good review...by the looks f it, much better than mine as this album seems to be more hated than liked. Will pos.

Zip
July 28th 2009



5312 Comments


Divine Heresy is a metalcore band

I was interested until this.

jingledeath
July 28th 2009



7104 Comments


1st album was poor, except for the drumming maybe. Not going to bother with this one.

R6Rider
July 28th 2009



4491 Comments


industrial cyber-metal: living tissue over metal endo skeleton

Digging: Rort - Warpath

Thor
July 28th 2009



10176 Comments


Their first was one of the lamest things ever so unless this is drastically different from Bleed the Fifth I won't be checking it out.

KILL
July 28th 2009



70599 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

I'll stick with old Fear Factory

Indeed

Digging: Gal Costa - Gal Costa

Fxxkit13
July 31st 2009



1559 Comments


I feel like for his whole career Dino has severely watered down his skill. All his rhythm playing is that fast picking open chord machine gun picking crap. Its good once and a while but its almost all he uses.

LisbonGirls
August 7th 2009



832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Albums the shit, I disagree with this review.



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