Dead And Divine - 'Antimacy' (A Wolf At Your Door) Print E-mail
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Written by Rich Hobson   
Monday, 15 August 2011 05:40

Dead_And_DivineMetalcore might be suffering a lull at the moment with the popularity of "brutal" music (though when exactly did brutal music become defined as "music which hangs around the low end, and doesn't even try to establish a groove or kick is beyond me?"), meaning that the demand for Metal with catchy choruses is pretty lax in the current climes, and even some of the genres notable names (Avenged Sevenfold for one) seem to be turning their back on their scream-sing backgrounds in favour of other styles (the single 'Nightmare' in particular seems to draw more comparison to artists like Ozzy Osbourne than the band's early sound (which could be associated with fellow Metalcore acts like 36 Crazyfists or Killswitch Engage).


This hasn't deterred Dead and Divine in the slightest however, as the band are now releasing 'Antimacy', their 3rd full album which shows no signs of wavering from their established Metalcore background, and promises to deliver to it's fans exactly what they have come to expect from the band - loud, unabashed metal from the heart.  Recording for the album began in Spring 2010, and culminated in the Winter, with the band choosing to push their musical boundaries whilst staying true to their fan base, and the end result is an album which boasts much of what made the Metalcore genre highly popular throughout the last decade - offering up powerful lyrics and vocals against the backdrop of thunderous metal mixed in with the odd catchy, cleanly sang chorus to really hook the listener.


Opening track 'Asphyxia Fiend' is a charging start, hitting the ground running and catching the listener immediately with an aural assault of powerfully timed metal that hooks you from the word go. The Alt Rock like chorus showcases the band's ability to mix up their brand of Metalcore with other influences, which according to the band themselves is "a lot of alt-rock - Deftones, Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden..." 'Grim Love' continues the band's onward trajectory, not letting up for a second, providing a fast track which will no doubt go down a storm live - not just for it's mosh happy speeds and headbanging breaks, but for it's catchy and speedy chorus which will appeal to fans who love singing along at the top of their lungs.


This speed is kept more or less consistent throughout the album, not once letting up and giving in to the gratuitous ballad which seems to appear on nigh on every Metal album these days (not that there's anything wrong with a ballad... Just as long as it's not an attempt to cash in and appeal to "everyone" and sounds like it was written and recorded for a completely different band and album) instead keeping the pace set at hyperactive, keeping a consistency to the album.


'Antimacy', the album's title track provides the biggest switch in vocals, swinging from an emotional screaming verse to a chorus which seems to come right out of band's like A Perfect Circle's back catalogue - an oddly soft and detached (from the backing music at least) vocal which boasts more softness than anything and really distinguishes itself in the track.  'Cult/Misleader' is a powerful driving track which has more than a tinge of Hatebreed to it, and it's not difficult to imagine the track being played live as a huge circle pit breaks out, only to subside for the fans to surge forward to sing along with the chorus. 'Carcinoma' meanwhile stands out as a hyperactive peaking point for the album, being a frantic and loud track which continually hits like a hammer to the head, hooking you in with it's metallic barrage mixed in with a sing-along chorus which still retains the heaviness boasted in the verses.


The album eventually ends on the combination of an instrumental ('Nothing Is Alright'), which is the calm before the closer storm of  'Teenage Rot' which closes the album with as much strength as the guys have shown so far - going out with a bang rather than a fart, as it were.


'Antimacy' then is an album which demands your listening, be it for the hyperactivity of tracks like 'Carcinoma', the driving force of 'Cult/Misleader' or the outright hammering of 'Ditchpig', Dead And Divine stick to their guns from the outset promising a noisy assault which boasts all of the makings for a great Metalcore album and defies the lack of steadfastness shown by many other bands within their genre.