Lord Divine – Facing Chaos

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/label URL: https://www.facebook.com/fighter.records/
Released: 2019
Buy Album: You’ll have to wait. 😛
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/LordDivineMetal/

Band line-up:

Diego Valdez – vocals
Hugo Galli – guitars
Manu López – guitars
Diego Palma – keyboards
Andrés Berenguer – bass
Dalmys Delbueno – drums

Tracklisting:

1. Overture (Dies Irae)
2. Reborn
3. I Am
4. Into My World
5. Beginning of the End
6.The Darkest Light
7. Light Through Darkness
8. Divided
9. Be Afraid
10. Follow the Signs
11. The Rage on Me

Review:

Lord Divine are an Argentinian progressive metal band, formed in 2002. As soon as 2003, they got an amazing response from their promo EP. In the following year, they released their debut full length album ‘Where the Evil Lays’ and they supported Nightwish at the Obras Stadium. Following that year, the band participated in a number of tribute albums and in 2007, they released their sophomore effort, ‘In Disgrace’. They played it live as support for Symphony X, in fact. In 2014, ‘Imagenes’ was released. On top of all that, in 2016, they started to compose ‘Facing Chaos’ which will be available worldwide on February 2019.

Is their upcoming album any good? Yes. BUT, it really sounds like Symphony X. The riffs whilst not copied are sometimes rather familiar, as are the styles of shred guitar and keyboard solos. The singer has also been inspired by the prog super group a little too much. Furthermore, his voice is a little strained and not quite as full of life as it could be. He does have a strong set of pipes however, and he has no problem hitting the right notes whatsoever. On the whole, the band seem to play with slightly less of the power of SX, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Does all that sound off-putting to you? Well it shouldn’t be as every part of the music is expertly composed and apart from the not quite 100% confident vocals, it’s perfectly delivered.

The album is filled with all kinds of creativity. The melodies from the instruments are often unpredictable, yet they flow naturally, the rhythms are complex without being confusing and the harmony is sophisticated without sounding cheesy or pretentious. The structures of the songs are almost flawless. The way the music sometimes builds up and then has all the tension released in highly satisfying climaxes is certainly praiseworthy. Having said that, the music isn’t as epic as similar bands often are. There aren’t any 20 minute masterpieces on this album, the longest song on it lasts around 12 minutes. Still impressive but again, the band needs to be more adventurous, unique and daring.

In conclusion, this is excellent stuff that is right up your street if you like classic prog and you don’t have a strong desire to hear anything too groundbreaking. Having said that, there is the odd mid-tempo riff that’s in the style of Slipknot. That’s quite interesting. It’s also for you if you admire virtuosic playing and you’re fed up with basic musical forms where you can easily predict what’s next. If I was a callous band leader, I would probably sack the singer and replace him with someone more unique to freshen the whole experience, but hey. I strongly recommend you at very least give this album a listen!

Review by Simon Wiedemann
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