Divinity
Allegory


4.5
superb

Review

by Adam Gola USER (33 Reviews)
May 25th, 2011 | 11 replies | 3,583 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Being basically, Theory-in-Practice-inspired Into Eternity on steroids, Divinity strikes the ultimate balance between technicality, melody and progression.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

When I first saw the video for the song "Plasma" off this album, I was mindblown. Apart from the amazing video itself, "Plasma"s music is one of the best blends of prog technicality and melody I've ever heard. These Canadians are not joking, let me tell you. They're heavy, brutal, yet surprisingly melodic and catchy and their debut album Allegory is a huge hitter.

The music on Allegory is an absolute S-class when it comes to pure skill of the musicians. Riddled with inventive drum patterns and guitar work, with a healthy dose of synths when needed, Divinity have taken over where bands like Into Eternity have stopped delivering and pushed this form of music to new extremes. Don't get me wrong, this is difficult music and may take considerable time to get into, but the rewards are well worth it.

So, "Allegory" starts with the song Induce, one of the definite hits of the album. Its intro and first guitar riff are absolutely stunning and amazing in every way. The next song continues this trend, while another explosion of controlled madness hits you when "Plasma" comes in playing. Now this one is something else, this song is a must for anyone who considers themselves a prog/tech death metal fan. It'll leave you dumbfounded and lusting for more, that's guaranteed. The next track, "Methodic" is one of the softer ones and contains more melody, bringing the band closer to Into Eternity's aesthetics, while "Modern Prophecy" contains a very moving passage as well. "The Unending" starts with a tasteful piano motiff and develops into a very interesting song in its own right. This album stuns from beginning to end, as proven by the frantic "NeuroTyrant". Gosh, what a smasher.

These guys are experts in everything they do, and the vocals are no exception. The vocalist's main form of vocalization are mid to high pitched screams - and those are executed superbly, putting to shame not only the wussy-ass pricks like Richard Sjunnesson of Sonic Syndicate, but also many less faggy screamers - plain goodness. The clean vocals are beautiful and the singer's timbre fits the futuristic imagery and vibe perfectly, adding to the effect with very original vocal melodies, and most importantly - the insightful and meaningful lyrics. Seriously, this band's lyrics are some of the best you'll find out there - you defninitely should pay a visit to darklyrics.com and indulge yourself in a stimulating lecture while enjoying the highly intellectually stimulating music.

All in all, Divinity are an act that blends the sounds known from Into Eternity and the now-defunct Swedish band, Theory in Practice - that would be a pretty accurate way to describe their sound. Pretty accurate although not necessarily comprehensive, therefore I strongly urge you to listen to this album for yourselves and see. Divinity conveys freshness I haven't heard in a really long while, and though it's difficult music it's very enjoyable once you learn the songs by heart. Check them out!



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bloc
May 25th 2011



34499 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

A REVIEW FOR THIS? :O

ALBUM ROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLZ




Although I haven't heard it in a while

Digging: He Is Legend - I Am Hollywood

XfingTheSullen
May 25th 2011



2191 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yeah, had to fucking write one. It's pretty late, though, and it peeks through in my numerous punctuation errors, but wtf.

ev0ken
May 25th 2011



586 Comments


this is a pretty good album.

XfingTheSullen
May 26th 2011



2191 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Shit yeah it is.

Raz0rGrind23
May 26th 2011



419 Comments


Great to see this reviewed man. Pos.

I reviewed their latest and was going to jump on this one as well. Nicely done. I must say, I prefer the singularity over this one.

XfingTheSullen
May 27th 2011



2191 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I can't decide. Singularity seems to be overall a bit better, but some songs on Allegory stand out a bit more. Still, "Approaching the Singularity" is so awesome that I decided to learn the outro on piano. Ha.

bloc
May 27th 2011



34499 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Singularity is great, but it kind of gets boring after a while. I think this album is waaaaaay better.

XfingTheSullen
May 27th 2011



2191 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

You sell your soooul, and spread it thiiiin!!
My skin crawls when I don't see you, my blood knows that I don't need you!
I bleed for mine and you sell your soul! YOU SELL YOUR! SOOOOOOOOOOUL! >_

Roflsnitzel
June 5th 2011



5 Comments


Xfing your ze best.

Meh i've had this album for long now but I have only listened to a few of it's songs. I gotta mention that "Chasm" really blows my mind. I really need to start listening to the heavier songs on this album aswell.

There is something so magical about this band and makes me more and more attached to it as time passes:p

XfingTheSullen
June 7th 2011



2191 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yeah, you've captured their essence quite well. They get better as time passes, even though they're a bit annoying at the beginning. But the later the more awesome they get. Can't wait for their next work.

FrozenVain
May 27th 2012



2263 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hey! Awesome review.
This album slays. Found it in "local" CD-store for 4 dollars. Best buy ever.



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