System Divide
The Collapse


1.5
very poor

Review

by Frederick Metzengerstein USER (202 Reviews)
August 11th, 2009 | 32 replies | 8,395 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A gigantic clusterfuck of rehashed ideas with the intention of blending Israel with Sweden. WTF bro, why would Miri leave Distorted? Why................

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

So, after an excruciating session of male bonding I was dealt an unintentional kick to the groin. Miri Millman, super hot and talented vocalist for the Israeli based dark metal band Distorted had out of the blue exited their ranks. This came as a bit of an unexpected blow to me (like a kick to the groin) seeing as Distorted are one of my favorite metal bands. I quickly looked for an explanation and I found it. Apparently, Miri pulled a Benedict Arnold on her home country in favor of greener pastures (aka America). Or maybe it was to unite with husband Sven (Aborted) to form a new project. Regardless, 2Grim4U isn’t pleased. The new band she joined is called System Divide. A shockingly generic name which would soon translate to shockingly generic music. But we’ll get to that soon enough. With members of Aborted, Distorted, and Malagnacy, I was expecting to hear some competent and mildly interesting music in their debut ep entitled “The Collapse”. Unfortunately, expectations much like potential is a bitch.

Foregoing the progressive oriental themed metal of Distorted and the brutal gore metal of Aborted, System Divide play instead a futuristic melodic death metal/metal core hybrid already performed admirably by the likes of Mnemic, Raunchy, and Black Comedy. The problem with this E.P besides the lack of originality is the lack of heart and honest to goodness songwriting that would make this band grow exponentially through the modern metal ranks. Who knows though, by the time a debut album is dropped my opinion could shift considerably. But you know you’re in for a treat when the record is labeled for fans of: Morbid Angel, Opeth, Slipknot, and Lacuna Coil. Unsurprisingly, none of these bands can be felt through System Divide’s music with the exception to some mild SYL polyrhythmic madness.

Lead vocalist Sven adopts a cookie cutter styled rasp similar to Soilwork’s Bjorn Speed Strid and Kasper of Raunchy. Ultimately he fails to deliver any kind of positive response with his combination of metalcore screams, lower growls, and snarling rasps because frankly, they sound exactly like the aforementioned vocalists minus the heart. Now Miri comes in to provide the cleanly sung choruses hoping to break up the monotony. It’s kind of strange to listen to Miri’s decidedly Middle Eastern styled vocals being layered underneath Fear Factory-esque keyboard work and Scandinavian styled riffing. Somehow it works and somehow it doesn’t work. “Sealed Shut” features the first solo performance by Miri with just clean melodies complementing her voice. She sounds great and the chorus is equally as compelling. The rest of the E.P sans (N)ether she is just muddled out by heavy production. It’s not really shocking to find out considering this E.P was produced in Denmark who mixed Volbeat, hate sphere, and Raunchy.

I have a feeling that guitarist Cole Martinez listens to a lot of Swedish metal in his spare time. His style and a lot of his patterns revolve around drop tuned passages and low to mid tempo chugging. The problem is, you’ve heard it before and Cole doesn’t really expand his horizons beyond that with the exception to the occasional melody which helps develop the song but doesn’t necessarily save it from succeeding. I’m not sure who contributed to the synthesizer work so I’ll explain it here. The moderate usage of keyboards are utilized to create a synthetic and futuristic soundscape which really don’t add much to the stale environment. And when coupled with Miri’s vocals “The Collapse” sounds slightly disjointed.

The drumming patterns courtesy of Mike Heller sound mechanical and over produced. Double bass, the occasional blast beats, and the slower rock oriented passages are quite low in the mix resulting in a disappointing performance. It’s ok though, because I met a cute girl at Cracker Barrel today, perfected my first arm bar on an unsavory opponent, and saw the Marlins come from behind so I’m not letting this ruin my stalwart day. Oh, wait…..there’s the bass. Andrew Lenthe is System Divide’s seemingly non existent bass player. Maybe it’s because my left ear has been getting manhandled these past few weeks but I feel absolutely nothing from his underwhelming but still burly bass tone.

All things considered, System Dive have released a pretty mediocre E.P laced in bouts of goodness. The guitar melodies and Miri’s cleanly sung choruses manage to draw some interest from me but just about everything else comes off as dull tripe. The important thing is…potential is there. But it’s how one decides to use it that makes all the difference.



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Relinquished
August 11th 2009



24428 Comments


2Grim4U

BallsToTheWall
August 11th 2009



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Sup.

Relinquished
August 11th 2009



24428 Comments


It's been awhile.

PuddlesPuddles
August 11th 2009



4765 Comments


Great review. I've heard negative things from these guys

Also, you have exactly 1000 ratings balls

BallsToTheWall
August 11th 2009



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

And my first negative review. History has been made today my dear broskies. Now...it's just 20,00 comments which shouldnt be too difficult.

Relinquished
August 11th 2009



24428 Comments


Might take about 2-3 months to reach that achievement

Athom
Staff Reviewer
August 11th 2009



17197 Comments


woah, this is your first negative? wow.

Jim
August 12th 2009



5110 Comments


you're first negative?? balls you positive muthalukker

nice dig redsky

Zip
August 12th 2009



5312 Comments


Damn.. you writing a neg review... since when?

jingledeath
August 12th 2009



7104 Comments


great review, will avoid

Willie
Moderator
August 12th 2009



15876 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review. I've still never listened to Distorted. Any reccomendations?

Digging: Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse - 20th Year Anniversary

BallsToTheWall
August 12th 2009



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Thank you guys. I guess all it takes to write a negative review is hearing a record I vehemently hate with a passion. And Willie, go with memorial.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 12th 2009



8318 Comments


great review Balls, will avoid this. Also how do these guys put up against Mnemic and Raunchy? Are they better, worse or about the same?

BallsToTheWall
August 12th 2009



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Well, this is only an E.P andthe other bands are already established so i'll go with Sybreed/Mnemic/Raunchy. Have you heard Black Comedy? Good stuff.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 12th 2009



8318 Comments


I haven't, can give 'em a shot though. Also I just asked because I think that Raunchy is incredibly mediocre and Mnemic is just ok. Sybreed is ok too but also nothing special.

Willie
Moderator
August 17th 2009



15876 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Checked out Distortion. Much better than I expected.

Wizard
August 19th 2009



19210 Comments


Is this your first neg review? hahaha This sounds like everything I hate about metal today.

Digging: Monarch - Sabbracadaver

BallsToTheWall
August 19th 2009



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Yes. And it is. Read the marketing lable for this happy horseshit....


"SYSTEM DIVIDE set out to revolutionize the conventions of the over-saturated melodic death metal genre, proving that extreme metal can have more depth than blast beats, while female vocals do not have to conform to the precepts of the “Goth” genre. In mixing many styles The Collapse , the band’s debut EP breaks all the rules of extreme metal and is a landmark release for the young band.

As opposed to interjecting simple, predictable clean choruses into contrived song structures, SYSTEM DIVIDE unites serene female vocals and extreme vocals driven by lyrical themes that confront and seek to break everyday themes of disillusionment, societal materialism, and individual apathy. Musically, the band delivers myriad styles of riffing and grooves, while augmenting the entrancing soundscapes with hard-hitting drums and intricate bass lines. These elements together define the unique, spell binding, hypnotic sound of SYSTEM DIVIDE.

In order to achieve this complex calculus of sounds on The Collapse, Cole Martinez handled tracking duties at Conquistador Recordings."

I want to harm this motherfucker.

Wizard
August 19th 2009



19210 Comments


Yes. And it is. Read the marketing lable for this happy horseshit....

I read the sticker on the album cover hahahaha. I hate that type of promotion. The only label that can do that is Relapse.

Hahahaha @ the promotion though hahaha.

BallsToTheWall
August 19th 2009



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Did you also see for fans of Morbid Angel, Slipknot, and Opeth? !!!!!! This abomination should be smitten by Oden's unmistaken fury.



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