|Brutal Death Metal
June 25th, 2010
Release length: 36:02
As soon as the opening song “To Live in Gloom of the Beyond” kicks in, the listener will be swept up with the punishing guitars, hammering drums that sometimes become blistering blastbeats, as well as a deep, commanding vocal approach that compliments the overall crushing feel of the entire release. Each track on here simply doesn’t let up, though some tracks seem to have a somewhat slower feel to them in the guitars, like “Putrid Stench of Past”, though the drumming remains the same speed and has some impressive paced double bass kicks going on through the track. As far as the intensity of this release goes, it’s top notch with each track, and it seems that the only thing would make some of these tracks better, such as with “Putrid Stench of Past”, would be a well timed and executed breakdown in the vein of Slam Death Metal, which has the potential to make this song, as well as others on this release, just that much more intimidating and crushing. But, even without them, there’s enough of a dark, crushing vibe to this release that it will have the listener hooked.
The production quality of the album is fantastic. It’s not a raw recording, but it’s far from a stylish-sounding modern digital recording that many bands have been falling prey to in some fields. The quality captures the distortion on the guitars nicely that aids them in sounding forboding and evil, and the guitar solos on this release are just fantastic and well suited to the material, often fitting right in without ever really feeling like the track had to alter itself somehow to accomodate it. This happens on the track “Undead in the Darkness”, where the music just hammers away at the listener the whole time, but nothing seems to change when the solo barges into the mix, as the rhythm guitar is still playing in the background, keeping this solo from sounding empty or hollow, but also just feeling like a natural progression of the song, as if it’s not really a guitar solo at all, just an additional section of the song for a minor shift in the music.
From start to finish, Dark Future is a fantastic album that is full of energy, generally a faster speed, and shows a lot of talent and potential from the members. There’s nothing really wrong with the album, but the only thing that could be said is that the double bass kicks, after a while, can become a little tiresome due to the repetitive pace they are executed with on many of the songs. However, “Face to Face to Destiny” makes for a fantastic closing song, as it takes the music is a generally different direction. Instead of being heavy and fast paced, it’s actually intimidating and at a much slower pace, though there are moments where it will speed up temporarily, but those are few and far between. It’s actually disheartening to hear this soul crushing song at the end, however, and not really hear another track or two at this pace thorughout the recording, which really would have been a treat given how grim this track sounds in the first place.
But, even though there is a lack of those slower tracks, Dark Future is simply a fantastic album. The whole release just hammers away at the listener with such intensity, as well as some haunting atmosphere here and then when necessary, that it’s hard to walk away and not feel exhausted. Destroying Divinity have definitely not lost their edge with Dark Future, and have delivered an album to their fans that has been well worth the wait. If you’re a fan of Death Metal in any form, you simply need to make picking up Dark Future by Destroying Divinity a top priority.
01. To Live in Gloom of the Beyond – 3:30
02. At War with Two Worlds – 3:56
03. Birth of Faceless Killer – 3:44
04. Putrid Stench of Past – 3:47
05. Undead in the Darkness – 3:34
06. Cult – 4:45
07. Prophecy – 3:08
08. Name Written with Blood – 3:29
09. Face to Face to Destiny – 6:09
|Overall Score: 9/10
Digital review copy of this release provided by Brutal Bands.