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Divinity – The Immortalist, Pt. 1 – Awestruck (Nuclear Blast Records)

Divinity is a death metal band from Calgary, Alberta, Canada that combines elements of technical death metal with melodic death metal. The band came from crossing of paths between singer Sean Jenkins with guitarist James Duncan while they were both in high school. The band released their first solid EP in 2002, and later their first studio album in 2007. Their second album, The Singularity, quickly became one of my favorite technical death metal albums, and I have been hooked on them ever since. After a brief hiatus, the band returned in 2013 with the first part of a trilogy concept album. Each of the three EPs would contain 4 songs based on a lyrical and musical story. Their former bassist became a 2nd vocalist, and this is really prevalent in the shaping and changing of their sound.  Musically, the sound goes back and forth between sounding like Swedish melodic death metal bands such as Soilwork, Dark Tranquility, In Flames, and At The Gates, and the technical death metal bands of Canada such as Quo Vadis, Beyond Creation, Into Eternity, and Cryptopsy. All of this is mixed with a healthy does of influence by industrial metal bands like Devin Townsend, Strapping Young Lad, and Fear Factory. I love how the album seems to progress more and more as it goes on. It starts out fast and heavy, and adds more melody and diversity towards the end of the album. This EP is an excellent release that is sure to please any fan of extreme metal, and it does a great job of allowing fans to be excited for the other two releases that are part of the trilogy.

Album Score: 9/10

– Jordan Salfity

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Website: http://www.divinity.ca/