|Review: Prey For Nothing - Violence Divine|
Label: Rusty Cage Records
Year released: 2008
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Review online: September 26, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 3/5 (60%) (3 Votes)
I don't hear new Israeli bands all that often, so I'm always curious when I get something new from that area of the world. Violence Divine is the first full-length for this Melodic Death Metal band that was formed in 2005. By then, the genre had already outstayed its welcome, save for a few bands that managed to keep their heads above the sea of bands catering to that genre. Prey For Nothing don't revolutionize the genre, but there's nonetheless some good stuff on this album. The guitar melodies are what keep me coming back to this one without thinking that I have to endure yet another melodeath album. Amidst the obligatory light growls (which tentatively get near the metalcore-ish vocal style at times) that are just omnipresent (not much in term of long instrumental parts here), and some pretty standard rhythm guitar, one can hear some very busy guitar playing that alternates between various melodies more times than one can follow. This gives the music a mix of upbeat and melancholic "atmosphere" (for lack of a better word), but mostly it keeps the listener interested. Were it not for this, Violence Divine would be just another melodeath album that would be safe to ignore. If you can phase out the vocals (unless you're one who can stand the vocalist's style, of course) and don't mind a few anonymous compositions, then this might be worth your time just to appreciate the very varied melodic guitar work.
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