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Divinity Destroyed - "Eden In Ashes" (CD)

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"Eden In Ashes" track listing:

1. Sweet Heresy
2. Threnody
3. Borealis
4. Nothing But A Shadow
5. Aurora
6. Empty The Sky
7. Crestfallen
8. The Disciple

Reviewed by on August 12, 2006

"Eden in Ashes exemplifies Divinity's ability to be diverse, and original, while still being a band one can sing along to, head-bang to, and get right into."

Eden in Ashes, which was finally released in 2003 is the second full length album from Divinity Destroyed. Eden in Ashes is a more focused, and refined album than Nocturnal Dawn (2001). Overall, Eden in Ashes features a very diverse range of vocal styles from both Mark, and Tom Ward. Although heavier at times, this album features clean vocal breaks and acoustic guitar, which give each song a lot of depth. There are songs for every type of Divinity Destroyed fan on this album. There is a stark contrast between the catchy melodic attitude of "Threnody", and the energetic and aggressive tone of "Disciple".

Mark Ward's voice offers raw emotion through his clean lines, while Tom Ward often growls alongside, creating a very spacious texture to the sounds. In songs such as the first track, "Sweet Heresy", which begins with an acoustic guitar the dynamic between soft melodic sounds and harsh aggression mesh together. This solo acoustic guitar is then followed immediately by growls, then joined with Mark's clean vocals, blending a very melodic sound, with a very harsh one. The guitar playing on this album is heavier than in previous releases, and have a very catchy, precise feel. The guitars overall are more gentle, weaving through and above the constant rhythmic pulse of the percussion and vocals. This allows Dan Leonard's drumming to carry the aggressive edge throughout.

Divinity Destroyed definitely takes time to experiment on this album, as heard in "Nothing But A Shadow", which features a haunting intro with the throbbing bass line and Dan Leonard's sparse lead into the song. Other sounds are incorporated via the keyboards. The instrumental "Aurora" is sedate and juxtaposes the album's previous tone with a subtle solo keyboard run. The keyboards play a crucial role on this album providing the haunting sounds during breaks, as well as classical, clean parts that saunter alongside Mark Ward's gentle, emotive singing.

Divinity Destroyed takes their level of creativity to a higher level with Eden. It is hard to find a band that combines all of the elements that they do. Eden in Ashes exemplifies Divinity's ability to be diverse, and original, while still being a band one can sing along to, head-bang to, and get right into. Eden in Ashes is perfect for someone just getting into the band, and can be respected and enjoyed by veteran fans.

Highs: Diversity between melodic vocals and heavy rhythm.

Lows: Occasional sloppyness and evidence of poor production.

Bottom line: A perfect example of why Divinity Destroyed has a very fresh, unique and experimental take on progressive, melodic metal.

Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls
4.5 out of 5 skulls

Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)