DIVINE EVE - Vengeful And Obstinate

Divine Eve - Vengeful And Obstinate

4 songs
17:08 minutes
***** **
Ibex Moon

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I remember a band called Crimson Relic who released an album a good dozen years ago, and although its primal energy set it apart from the predominating death metal sound, they faded into oblivion, and so I mentally closed this short chapter. Back before Crimson Relic, there was Divine Eve from Texas who started out as a promising death metal band in the early Nineties, but somehow never happened to record a longplayer. It seems therefore a little strange that three of the original members joined forces once more to have a second go at a career, even though Vengeful And Obstinate is still only a seventeen minute short EP. You’d think that the guys would have come up with more material after all this time.

From a musical point of view, Vengeful And Obstinate is not that different from what I knew from Crimson Relic, the project founded by band leader Xan Hammack after he had a fall out with Divine Eve. We get the most primitive death metal possible, clearly influenced by Hellhammer and early Celtic Frost. The Texans manage to sound more like a band than Hammack’s mid-Nineties excursion, which doesn’t surprise, considering all the years they spent crafting music together. The opener Whispers Of Fire is still a rather fast track, but the following six minute long The Ravages Of Heathen Men therefore heads deeply into sludgy death doom territory. The sparse orchestra parts are more than just a discreet nod to the Swiss pioneers. The cover artwork, borrowed from a Hieronymus Bosch painting, should eliminate the last doubts of Divine Eve’s influence.

The production is basic yet functional, only the lead guitar comes with a too shrill sound. The band should consider remedying this situation on possible future releases. Otherwise everything is convincing on this comeback record. The straight, direct approach is proof of a band that has been doing this for a long time. They never sound awkward, instead master their tribute to the early beginnings of doomy death metal with bravura. Let’s hope that a longplayer will follow soon.

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