|Review: Pale Divine - Eternity Revealed|
Label: Martyr Music Group
Year released: 2004
Genre: Doom Metal
Review online: May 1, 2005
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 3.4/5 (68%) (5 Votes)
Pale Divine are part of the healthy Doom scene centered around the Washington DC area in the Northeast (denizens of said scene keep telling me they 'aren't in the Northeast', but guys, to someone who hasn't seen the east bank of the Mississippi in 20 years, you are in the frigging Northeast) with a thank-you list that includes such fine doomsters as Penance, Orodruin, Gates Of Slumber and the almighty While Heaven Wept. This is their second full-length album, and it comes as a very nice surprise.
This is just good old fashioned Doom fun, with a sound that obviously owes a lot to classic Sabbath, but also throws in a little Candlemass and some Mercyful Fate. The production is that slightly primitive 70's tube-amp sound bands of this sort tend to favor, and the riffs are just cool, cool, cool. A good Doom band lives or dies by their riffs, as there are no gimmicks to distract you – the songs just have to be good. Well Pale Divine have it down, and the riffs on this album are really good, with that great Sabbathy groove that calls to mind fellow scenesters Orodruin or the great ThunderStorm. They don't drag songs out needlessly, and the music is fairly uptempo and headbangable. Songs as such don't really stick out, and I think this band needs to work on their vocal lines. Guitarist/Vocalist Greg Diener has a good voice – sounding not unlike James Hetfield at times, but much better than that comparison would imply. His vocals are strong and stay on key, though he does sound out of place singing "Solitude" – his rough n' ready style just doesn't go with the song. So the vocals themselves are not a problem, it's just that the songs need stronger vocal parts and more memorable choruses.
All in all "Eternity Revealed" is a very solid Doom CD, with no real standout tracks, but no skippers either, and it maintains energy and quality all the way through. Any fan of the bands I have mentioned, and especially of acts like Orodruin, ThunderStorm, or Spiritus Mortis will enjoy this album a lot. A consistently entertaining album from start to finish.
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