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Divinity: The Singularity
Melodic Death Metal
Candlelight Records
December 1st, 2009
Release length: 45:21
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Have you ever wondered what Strapping Young Lad may have sounded like had the band done away with the industrials and went on a more Melodic Death path with some Groove aspects a la Meshuggah thrown into the guitar work? Well, wonder no more with The Singularity by Divinity, which is an interesting take on this concept. Musically, the album doesn’t seem too far from some of the musical foundation set by veterans SYL, but at the same time the band has made the music all their own and wove a rather epic atmosphere to plenty of the songs to make this release stand out in the overflowing Melodic Death field.

There’s plenty of great songs on here, many of which soaked with heavy influence from the aforementioned band, and that could be heard right off the bat with the first song on this release, “Abiogenesis”, and onward. In some cases there are times where it feels like a slight impact to the band, but then you have tracks like “Emergent” where there are just too many similarities to call it coincidence, stemming mostly to the guitar structure and chords, the pacing of the drumming, as well as in the performance of the vocalist. There also seems to be a bit of a machine-like feeling to the album that can be felt in the way some of the songs are played, with the guitars adding a nice ambience of hopelessness during some songs. Again, the best example of this lies in the song “Emergent”, which the guitars and drums just work together to create the automoton atmosphere with held chords once in a while with a slightly different sounding distortion or echo to usher in a rather bleak atmosphere to the performance.

The Singularity really has no negative aspects to it in the end outside of the fact that sometimes it can just be a little overdone and lost it’s bite. “Transformation” is a great example of this where the guitar work winds up just becoming overly technical, and event starts to feel like it’s a bit drawn out. “Formless Dimension” also suffers the same fate, however it’s not that it’s drawn out, but simply feels a little overdone sometimes to the point where the song actually winds up losing some of it’s bite, regardless of the talent that is displayed within. The last track, “Approaching the Singularity” is the last song on here that causes any harm to the album, and that’s simply due to the fact that it doesn’t really offer much from what you have already heard through the album, and just comes off as a bit of a filler track with a nice guitar solo.

Sure, Divinity didn’t quite craft the most original album poossible, but The Singularity has some great songs in it that really just make it worth checking out. Unfortunately, there’s a decent number of tracks where technicality seems to dominate the real bite that it has in the end. Hopefully the band will continue to expand a bit, and in that time also try to write more tracks along the lines of “Beg to Consume” and “Lay in the Bed You’ve Made”, as well as progress away from their obvious musical influences. There’s plenty of talen to be found on this release, and it’s worth checking out if ever given the chance, but in the end it’s just a release from a band with unrecognized talent in writing a brutally inhuman Melodic Death metal sound.

01. Abiogenesis – 2:11
02. Beg to Consume – 4:23
03. Lay in the Bed You’ve Made – 4:38
04. Emergent – 4:48
05. Tranformation – 6:13
06. Monsters are Real – 5:32
07. Embrace the Uncertain – 6:44
08. Formless Dimension – 4:42
09. Approaching the Singularity – 6:10
Initial Pressing Score: 5/10
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Digital review copy of this release provided by Candlelight Records.