Divinity
The Singularity


4.0
excellent

Review

by Raz0rGrind23 USER (18 Reviews)
May 11th, 2010 | 34 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Prog/Tech Death Outfit add new color to a so-called overplayed/over-abused genre.

I am always on the look-out for new and upcoming releases. All the more refreshing are those that seem to stay masked under the slew of other musical powerhouses. What’s even more rewarding is discovering a gem like The Singularity that surpasses the triumphs and so-called home runs of many of its contemporaries. Divinity offer a balanced mix of Melo-Death/Tech Metal/Progressive experimentation that brings a different perspective on a genre that at times seems overplayed and passively trite. While I was completely oblivious to the presence of this band before coming upon this album, I can only assume the larger majority sit at the same juncture.

The opening track presents an ever growing crescendo of down-tuned guitar work that leads to low end growls. Much of these opening sequences can be easily portrayed as a Meshuggah-esque delivery and the vocal lines above all things help solidify this comparison. Whether you treat this as a negative or positive aspect, the album simply builds off this preliminary segment and never attempts to clone itself from the aforementioned.
The synthesizer opening for ‘Beg To Consume’ is the only moment that had me slightly turned off. Much of this brought on the sour taste of nu-metal-resemblance and would snuggly fit within the mediocre confines of any band you can muster associated with this dreaded tag. Regardless, this rendezvous is short lived as the song progresses comfortably into ‘Lay In The Bed You Make’ and ‘Emergent’ offering melodic hooks and electronic sampling that brings refreshing congruency with an odd mixture of Prog/Tech Death. Dream Theater worshippers will nod their heads in approval as guitar lines harmoniously bounce up and down along the clean chorus lines of vocalist Sean Jenkins. ‘Emergent’ establishes a heavier manifestation of sound as the drums and bass abruptly pound the listener from the get-go. Lyrical lines are another high point for this song, calling upon the theme of The Zeitgeist Movement and the rejuvenation of seeking a higher form of living. “To be wrong is to be enlightened by greater knowledge.” What’s refreshing about this addition is seeing the bands ability to blend both thought-provoking lyrics while maintaining a heavier side to their musical compositions. I can’t count the number of bands that are apt to tackling darker subject matter in their lyrical approach and, in a certain respect; this can pinpoint one reason why the Death Metal genre can feel hackneyed and cliché with the volume of lackluster efforts hitting the scene. Divinity demonstrates a keen ability with building on multiple facets when crafting their songs. Gojira can have the same approach but unlike these French metallers, Divinity bring forth much more variety and correctly conclude certain passages without monotonous overplay. And of course, all of these elements are beautifully polished with rich production value, which surprisingly enough was handled by the band themselves.

‘Transformation’ and ‘Monsters Are Real’ are both crushing tracks featuring some gut-punching riffing/breakdowns along with electronic samplings that would have Born of Osiris and The Faceless cowering in shame. My only real quarrel with these segments is the clean vocal lines in ‘Transformation’ which sound a little more out of place in comparison to those in ‘Lay In The Bed You Make.’ Still, it’s not enough to completely deter me from revisiting these songs on multiple listens. ‘Embrace the Uncertain’ is what really won me over. Recalling a prior evening, a friend of mine began playing the harmonious piano intro to this track and was the main reason I decided to dig up this album. This added tidbit is yet another hidden prize in the album as the soft melody queues in some quick guitar riffing and electronic meanderings while vocal lines display varied harmonics from growls to cleans.

Most will either love the formula that is The Singularity and others will write it off as another redundancy that most tech death bands have been regurgitating; uninspired and tired. Still, once one peels back the layers they are guaranteed to discover something special here. Whether they are breaking new ground or just retreading on beaten soil, Divinity deserve your attention, even if they are Canadian.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Raz0rGrind23
May 11th 2010


423 Comments


Throw some dirt my way:-) Always appreciated.....

pizzamachine
May 11th 2010


12571 Comments


You should add spaces between the paragraphs, or at least make them shorter. Right now it's difficult to read. Otherwise, it's well-written, so I pos'd! Will check this out, and the artwork is beast.



bloc
May 11th 2010


34854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Artwork is beast and so is the album, although I like their first album a lot more.

Digging: Interpol - El Pintor

Raz0rGrind23
May 11th 2010


423 Comments


Ya, I added it twice and for some reason the spaces would not enter. They kept being omitted.

Great album. I need to check out their first album if what you're saying is true.

Emim
May 11th 2010


26625 Comments


Bloc I hate you.

Dryden
May 11th 2010


12928 Comments


i seen this band live. i was pretty bored. wonder what this is like tho prob wont have time to check it out

Raz0rGrind23
May 11th 2010


423 Comments


This site is a curse, I know.

Raz0rGrind23
May 11th 2010


423 Comments


Try it anyway Dryden

bloozclooz
May 11th 2010


1770 Comments


want

Itwasthatwas
May 13th 2010


769 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this album is criminally underrated and unappreciated

Raz0rGrind23
May 13th 2010


423 Comments


Yes, crying shame for sure.....

FR33L0RD
November 13th 2010


1464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I saw the video of their song, "Plasma"
and their music was powerful, very technical & also creative.

bloc
November 13th 2010


34854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Band is a boss

Emim
November 13th 2010


26625 Comments


Need to check this out

bloc
November 14th 2010


34854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

You said that 6 months ago!

Emim
November 14th 2010


26625 Comments


Did not.

bloc
November 14th 2010


34854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

BASTARD

Emim
November 14th 2010


26625 Comments




FR33L0RD
December 28th 2010


1464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This guys are extremely talented musicians with some creativity.
It is quite refreshing.


Dryden
December 28th 2010


12928 Comments


lol



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