Review: Darkness Divided - Darkness Divided
- Artist: Darkness Divided
- Album: Darkness Divided
- Release date: April 22, 2016
- Record label: Victory Records
- Track listing:
- "The Point of No Return"
- "Back Breaker"
- "A Life That Binds"
- "Wake of the End"
- "From Dust to Stone"
- "The Answer"
- "Mirror of Death"
- "The End of It All"
"The Point of No Return" starts off the sophomore self titled record by Darkness Divided. I think this marks the second album I've reviewed that come from Victory (the other being Islander - Violence & Destruction). If you like Melodic Metalcore, you'll love this. The music brings to mind War of Ages, While Heroes Sleep, and For Today. On the package of the CD, it said similar to For Today, As I Lay Dying, and Killswitch Engage. Pretty accurate.
"Back Breaker" starts off pretty sick. Metalcore definitely shows for this song. The other day, the band released a Guitar Play Through for the song, go check that out. The ride cymbal on this track is pretty nice to hear. The solo on this track is too! Guitarist Sebastian Elizondo does a fantastic job with his solo. And his cleans of course. Later in the song they take a break from the metal and play some soothing music and then break back (see what I did there) into it.
"A Life That Binds" reminds me of In the Midst of Lions without all the breakdowns (Or rather less breakdowns). The band also sounds a lot like Phinehas to me as well, with Metalcore breakdowns but also the solos. 'I can't escape it!' Breakdowns kill on this track. And as soon as they're done with it, they break into a slow melodic rock sound with faded screams and then jump into the Chorus.
"Wake of the End" starts off somberly with a digital sounding drum track. Elizondo does a good job on his cleans. Then Vocalist Gerard Mora comes in screaming, 'Where do I go?!'. The song is very brief.
"Misery" is a pretty awesome song. Very For Today sounding. It's like they called For Today and asked what to do to make a Metalcore record. That's how much they sound like them. Mattie Montgomery's Vocals and Gerard's vocals sound very different though. Sebastian's and Ryan Lietru's sound pretty similar though. Around the end, they take a Deathcore sound, which was more what they played before they signed to Victory.
"Deceiver" sounds very Southern metal, with everything. Not so much the Vocals but they certainly work. New Drummer Hayden Allen does a great job on his drumming on this album. Deathcore breakdowns. Then fade in to chorus. Then fade out with Metalcore chuggers.
"From Dust to Stone" was the first track I heard and I really thought it was awesome! Keyboards, melodic southern sounding guitars, thrashing vocals, and killer drums. The production of this album is great too! Christopher Mora (ex-Darkness Divided) I think understood the direction they were going in, being a former member and brother to Gerard and Bassist Joseph Mora. They kill it!
"The Answer" starts off pretty suddenly. Mid way, through the intro they bring the melodic breakdowns. Melodowns! 'All I Need! The only thing I could possibly need is more! The only hands that can hold up my feet, are yours!' Good song. It even fades into the next one.
"Deliverance" gets going fast. Both Vocalist do their parts very well. So do the musicians! Guitars breaking down, bass right alongside them, and drums switch as suddenly as they start. There's another little break from the heavy in here too.
"Mirror of Death" starts slow with little high note guitar playing, and a piano, (and I mean piano, not keys) and Elizondo's cleans. The song is like this the whole way through. It's essentially a solo track. No drums, bass, or screams.
"The End of It All" speaks for itself, with its melodic guitars and solo! As well as ending the album. This song is wicked! Breakdowns are like most are, slow and brutal. This song reminds me of Phinehas' "Fleshkiller". Sick solo on here and with the background music, makes it sound bluesy! 'Is this the end of it all?!'
Sounds Like: Phinehas, For Today, Killswitch Engage
- Gerard Mora - Unclean Vocals
- Sebastian Elizondo - Guitars, Clean Vocals
- Joseph Mora - Bass
- Hayden Allen - Drums
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