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Divine Empire
Method Of Execution

Company: Crash Music
Release: 2005
Reviewer: 1Evil1
Rating: -



The same Divine Empire line-up offers up pretty much the same sound you would expect from a Divine Empire release. These guys certainly aren't breaking any new ground or re-inventing the wheel, just carrying on and going through the motions with each release. The band's best work to date, in my opinion, is still their debut album "Redemption", which really kick-started the band's career and put them somewhere in a tier between Six Feet Under and Malevolent Creation. Here they are again with "Method Of Execution", sporting an attractive album cover of a hostage eating a bullet. Yippy!

Fans of Divine Empire's latest work, mostly "Nostradamus", will find plenty to like here. The band continues with their traditional sound, apparently what works for them. The group goes through sixteen cuts of downtuned heaviness, plenty of mosh groove breakdowns, and tons of fast double-bass. Vocalist Jason Blachowicz stays on the guttural "I'm irritated" path with his tone and delivery, making each cut that much heavier with his aggressive nature. If you are looking for something a little more groundbreaking and revolutionary try Deadlock, Amoral, or maybe even check out Behemoth. Divine Empire is simply US traditional death metal with very little progression. For me the band needs to find something to call their own to warrant more spins.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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