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Divine Heresy - Bleed The Fifth
28 August 2007


01. Bleed The Fifth
02. Failed Creation
03. This Threat Is Real
04. Impossible Is Nothing
05. Savior Self
06. Rise Of The Scorned
07. False Gospel
08. Soul Decoded (Now And Forever)
09. Royal Blood Heresy
10. Closure


Ever wondered what Fear Factory would sound like if they dropped their new wave and post-punk leanings and instead focused more on bludgeoning the senses with their trademark rhythmical death metal approach? Well, Divine Heresy's Bleed The Fifth offers to answer this question as it is the new project of founding Fear Factory member Dino Cazares and by and large, is a nonstop extreme assault, often managing to one-up his previous band in terms of intensity. It is also a fairly decent album, mired only by its slight metalcore leanings, which take away from the music's originality.

Considering that Fear Factory is the quintessential 90s metal band and that their influence on modern metal is very evident, Bleed The Fifth sounds quite fresh and exciting. The most notable difference is that where Dino's previous band would choose a mellower approach, Divine Heresy instead tends to go in a blast-beat frenzy, propelled by the impressive drumming of Tim Yeung (known, among other things, for being the live drummer of Vital Remains). Yeung's drumming might not be as technical or innovative as Raymond Herrera's; however, it is definitely faster and places the band firmly within the confines of the death metal sound. The band's vocalist, Tommy Vext (a newcomer), has a better vocal range than Burton C Bell does; however, he lacks his charisma. Nevertheless, it is a good thing that Dino's fellow band members are not entirely apt at imitating the style of his previous band, since this forces them to focus on their own talents and establishes Divine Heresy as a separate entity. For example, Vext's clean vocal approach recalls the emotional, soaring singing of Keith Caputo and results in some of the better and more memorable choruses in the contemporary nu-thrash and metalcore scenes. Cazares also modifies his approach accordingly, even providing solos and decidedly more melodic riff patterns.

All of what has been mentioned above would have been meaningless were the songwriting on Bleed The Fifth sub-par. Luckily, more often than not, it is quite stellar. "Savior Self" will have you singing the chorus long after the song has ended, while "Royal Blood Heresy" utilizes the band's brutality to its full potential and its slightly symphonic sound makes the likes of Dimmu Borgir sound laughable in comparison. Sadly, certain songs are also flawed, such as "Soul Decoded (Now And Forever)" and "Impossible Is Nothing", which both overuse breakdowns and lack dynamics. More often than not, the band's intensity is able to make up for uninteresting songwriting though.

Bleed The Fifth is a mostly successful death metal hybrid. Perhaps giving Dino the boot from Fear Factory might not have been such a good idea after all? Either way, this album is worth hearing.


Band profile: Divine Heresy
Album: Bleed The Fifth


 



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Baz Anderson - 02.11.2007 at 11:42  
it's a decent album but it lacks soul and something that draws me back to listening to it over and over again
Ozman - 02.11.2007 at 11:54  
Written by Baz Anderson on 02.11.2007 at 11:42

it's a decent album but it lacks soul and something that draws me back to listening to it over and over again


you really surprise me and have me confused from time to time. Cause you are saying Divine Heresey lacks soul yet you go bonkers about the new Primal Fear which IMO REALLY lack soul (as do most power metal bands in that style of PM IMO) But then again tastes differ from person to person. There are actually people on the face of the earth who consider Dream Theater the most emotional band around.
Metal Maiden - 02.11.2007 at 12:03  
I've only watched their video(s), and i don't like their music at all...I wouldn't call it death metal, not with those Bjorn-Speed-Strid-ish vocals...And for me, a reference to Soilwork is always a bad thing...
Ozman - 02.11.2007 at 12:13  
Written by Metal Maiden on 02.11.2007 at 12:03

I wouldn't call it death metal, not with those Bjorn-Speed-Strid-ish vocals...


since when do vocals define a genre?
Divine Heresy is pure death metal, okay modern sounding death metal but still death metal
Metal Maiden - 02.11.2007 at 12:36  
Hey, you said it, tastes differ...And vocals DO define a genre...sure, not by themselves, but they do matter, don't you agree...
Ozman - 02.11.2007 at 12:39  
Written by Metal Maiden on 02.11.2007 at 12:36

And vocals DO define a genre...sure, not by themselves, but they do matter, don't you agree...


No, I don't I totally disagree.
Metal Maiden - 02.11.2007 at 12:41  
OK
Unholy_Emperor - 02.11.2007 at 14:14  
Well, I don't mind if you consider it Death Metal or not (what have the sound of this band in common with Death, Pestilence, Dismember..?), but my opinion is also that this album lacks of soul, power, aggression.. you know.
Passenger - 02.11.2007 at 20:57  
Very good Death Metal album, I was surprised it was so heavy and catchy.
-MeTaLlIc-OwL- - 02.11.2007 at 23:23  
I agree... they're not rly Death Metal... They use blastbeats but the guitars have almost no agression IMO. I kinda bored me a bit. But Tim Yeung rules. and Dino's hometown is where i live
thanatos_7 - 02.11.2007 at 23:25  
What this band needs its decent vocals, that hip hop guy doesn't convince me and it's a waste of musicians and music because they have tim yeung and cazares who are very good musicians.
LeChron James - 07.11.2007 at 08:31  
according to a friend of mine, their drummer won some fastest feet competition and has the worlds fastest feet.
Psicosis450 - 09.11.2007 at 01:27  
Vocals are basically what has always defined death metal IMO. It is really what separated it from thrash metal in the beginning.
rohgue123 - 15.07.2008 at 21:40  
Written by Ozman on 02.11.2007 at 12:13

Written by Metal Maiden on 02.11.2007 at 12:03

I wouldn't call it death metal, not with those Bjorn-Speed-Strid-ish vocals...


since when do vocals define a genre?
Divine Heresy is pure death metal, okay modern sounding death metal but still death metal



im going to have to agree vocals do define genres

If the band had a singer that did falsettos then it would be power metal. That's what makes power metal what it is, guys in spandex singing falsettos.
Mr. Doctor - 02.09.2009 at 19:43  
Written by rohgue123 on 15.07.2008 at 21:40

Written by Ozman on 02.11.2007 at 12:13

Written by Metal Maiden on 02.11.2007 at 12:03

I wouldn't call it death metal, not with those Bjorn-Speed-Strid-ish vocals...


since when do vocals define a genre?
Divine Heresy is pure death metal, okay modern sounding death metal but still death metal



im going to have to agree vocals do define genres

If the band had a singer that did falsettos then it would be power metal. That's what makes power metal what it is, guys in spandex singing falsettos.


Same as Marcel... I totally disagree and you gave a pretty bad example. Vocals don't matter very much because nowdays there are many bands with experimental vocals. Doom having highpitched screams doesn't make it Black. Fast and furious vocals doesn't make a power metal album... Grindcore.

It's the musicanship that really defines the genre. The vocals just help
Kuroboshi - 07.04.2012 at 04:35  
The funny thing about this album is that the clean parts are so much better than the moshing and brutal ones.

Impossible is Nothing is the best song imho.

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