Damned Spring Fragrantia are a five-piece metal band from Italy who started out in 2006. The band currently have two EPs under their belt, but ‘Divergences’ is their debut album. The 10 track full-length is nearly an hour long and packs in some really heavy and progressive music.
The album is very much tailored to metal fans and metal fans only, and doesn’t leave much room for listeners who are experimenting in listening to new music and finding new sounds. Each song on the album is as heavy as the last right from the opening track and, despite the differing heavy riffs, thunderous drums and different breaks, it’s not an easy album to listen to.
The only song that particularly stands out from the rest is ‘D.M.Z.’ which, interestingly, has what sounds like a radio clip about North Korea at the beginning. This particularly stuck out because it shows that the band is trying to tackle meanings to songs that are different to other bands. Problems in society are a recurring theme in Damned Spring Fragrantia‘s work, with their previous EP being entitled ‘Emptiness – Fragments Of A Decayed Society’.
Although the band stand out lyrically and politically, the music falls short of living up to the message as the album seems to have the same standard metalcore riffs and drums all the way through. There’s nothing which makes each song stand out especially from the rest, and it all seems to blur together mostly in an overbearing clash of noise.
The album is a really brave one to bring out as a debut, and serious metal fans are unlikely to be disappointed by it. For listeners who aren’t looking for anything specific to listen to and want to hear something different, Damned Spring Fragrantia, unfortunately, fall short of making the cut of things that must be listened to.
Written by Caitlyn Dewar