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Review: Pale Divine - Consequence of Time
Pale Divine
Consequence of Time

Label: Cruz Del Sur Music
Year released: 2020
Duration: 42:43
Tracks: 8
Genre: Doom Metal


Review online: June 13, 2020
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 3/5 (60%) (3 Votes)

I have been following Pale Divine for a long time, ever since I got their sophomore album Eternity Revealed waaaay back in 2004. The band has had their ups and downs, never making a bad album, but then again, never making a real classic either. Their highlight was 2012's Painted Windows Black, and that still stands, as their new one is just not as strong.

There are some really good riffs on this thing, still, but my major complaint is that Pale Divine have dialed waaaay back on the heaviness, and the guitar sound in particular is weak and smoothed out, the production as a whole just not matching the heft of their old stuff. I think back to the thunderous recording and dramatic songwriting of Painted Windows Black and this just does not hold up. Another issue I have is that guitarist/vocalist Greg Diener is now sharing lead vocal duties with new guitarist Dana Ort, and I find Ort's vocals to be weak. He has a warbly style, and since Diener has matured into such a strong singer, the comparison does no one any favors.

So overall I find this a letdown. Maybe Pale Divine are aiming for a more commercial record with this, but it does not play to their strengths. Past efforts have shown that this band can do a lot better, and sadly that means I will not be satisfied with less.

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