Release Date: August 2nd, 2011
Label: Distort Entertainment
Website: None available
As the metalcore machine rumbles on, churning out a surplus of interchangable bands, it’s more than fair to say that the genre has become saturated. With polished choruses and breakdowns in abundance, it’s difficult to find an act with the power to truely excite. It is pleasantly surprising therefore that Canadian outfit Dead And Divine are doing something slightly different, and hugely more sincere, than many of the more popular metalcore torchbearers. This is largely due to the fact they sound, unlike most, genuinely pissed off.
‘Antimacy’ rattles along with a rabid intensity, the abrasive edge of such tracks as ‘Midnight Society’ with its scything guitar work and impassioned vocal delivery, and the almost mathcore opening stabs of ‘Asphyxia Fiend’, making the album an undeniably vehement piece of work. Indeed, the riffing present on ‘Antimacy’ is consistantly stellar, with the the guitars grooving and biting in equal measure. The speed picking and monsterous breaks of ‘Cult/Misleader’ are particularly impressive.
Yet, coupled with this and what makes Dead And Divine such an exciting prospect, is the sheer dynamics of the band’s songwriting, giving them a number of prevailing weapons in their arsenal. Vocalist Matt Tobin is a real talent, mixing up his enraged bark with soaring melodies which thankfully eschew any auto-tuned syntheticness and retain a raw power, especially in the fantastic ‘Carcinoma’ (which also features a brief appearance from Letlive‘s Jason Butler). Not only this, but his performance also often delves into a Keith Buckley-esque swagger, such as the attitude driven drawl of ‘Grim Love’, displaying not only Tobin‘s versatility but the veracity of his performance.
For all its violence, ‘Antimacy’ is a hugely fun listen. Putting their own refreshing spin on the metalcore forumla, it’s ultimately the infectious nature of the songs, whether it’s in the clean hooks or the lurching guitars, that makes the album such a enjoyable experience, and Dead And Divine a great tip for the future.
Written by Tony Bliss