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Review: Pale Divine - Painted Windows Black
Pale Divine
paledivineband.com
Painted Windows Black

Label: Shadow Kingdom Records
Year released: 2012
Duration: 67:40
Tracks: 8
Genre: Doom Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: April 18, 2012
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Painted Windows Black

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I haven't kept up with this band, so the last disc of theirs I heard was 2004's Eternity Revealed. On that disc Pale Divine was a competent but derivative Doom band, and while they may still be derivative, they have improved a whole lot in the songwriting department.

This is a big, fat, meaty Doom album packed with great riffing and some really solid vocals. Vocals used to be a weak spot for this band, but Greg Diener has really improved over the years, and he has learned to use his booming midrange without trying to do things he can't do. The compositions are long, heavy, and classy, with "Angel of Mercy" standing out as maybe the best song they have ever done. This album may go on a bit long, and some of the songs sound a bit too similar to each other, but overall this is fine work from Pale Divine.

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