Metal Review – Entwine: DiEversity

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Entwine: DiEversity
Gothic Metal
Spinefarm Records
March 29th, 2004
Release length: 42:57
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Entwine has gone through two rather dynamic changes in the course of their signed career, from changing vocalists, to pretty much recreating the band’s style. That is what we see here on DiEversity, which seems appropriately named. While the band does keep some of the sound that appeared on their release Gone, this release brings out the heaviest material the band has done yet, and it’s a very nice change.

Once the four second “2|4|943|” instrumental track passes, and you are contemplating what the hell that noise was and why it was even bothered to be added, the music kicks in with a simple guitar riff, almost fading in. Then “Bitter Sweet” kicks in with it’s very alternative hard rock sound meshed with gothic rock, that will kick you in the ass if you’re expecting anything different from the band. The same can be said with “Someone To Blame”. But, bare in mind the band hasn’t completely forgotten their Gone roots, as “Bleeding For The Cure” kicks in with more of a gothic feel to it, being a much slower paced track that relies on keyboards to push the very simple guitars and drums through. Sadly, it doesn’t really do the trick. After this, the album tends to jump back and forth between these two very different musical structures.

“Frozen By The Sun” is a lot like “Bleeding The Cure” musically, except that it also include violins and is a hell of a lot better as far as the performance goes, with a chorus that will have you singing along instantly. But, that’s pretty much where the album starts to lose it’s magic. The rest of the album seems well constructed, but it just isn’t all that entertaining and begins to feel rehashed, with the exception of “Everything For You”, which is yet another slower paced track that isn’t too different from “Bleeding For The Cure”, just that it has a very powerful vocal performance that really makes it worth sticking around until the end of the album for, since the last two tracks are very well done, even though “Lost Within” may become a little boring after a few spins with every aspect, especially the long as hell outro, except for the chorus and the fitting guitar solo.

Entwine have definitely been maturing over the past few releases, and DiEversity is just further proof of it. With what sounds like a newly invented sound against what made them a well known commodity, DiEversity is a very promising gothic rock and metal fused album that proves they can turn a style that is quickly becoming generic into something heavy, catchy, and worth your time.

01. 2|4|943 – 0:04
02. Bitter Sweet – 2:40
03. Someone To Blame – 3:11
04. Bleeding For The Cure – 3:12
05. Still Remains – 3:53
06. Frozen By The Sun – 3:13
07. Six Feet Down Below – 3:43
08. Refill My Soul – 4:22
09. Everything For You – 6:05
10. Nothing’s Forever – 4:11
11. Lost Within – 8:23

Initial Pressing Score: 6.5/10

Entwine
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Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.