DIVINE SPARK - Anima Mundi

Divine Spark - Anima Mundi

8 songs
41:55 minutes
***** ****


As much as I like the spirit and talent of the current local metalcore scene, I sometimes wonder whatever happened to the original sound of hardcore that paved the way for all that was to come. And while Miles To Perdition, Black-Out Beauty and many others have many redeeming values, it’s Divine Spark that have now answered my prayers. The band has been around since 2007, and their members had played already in other bands (Defeat, Insumisioa and Prison Of Liberty) before, but let’s face it: they kept a rather low profile until now.

Their debut album Anima Mundi astonishes instantly by having been released on an English label, and the next surprise comes when you realise that the eight songs make it over forty minutes. As a matter of fact, apart from the short crust punk smasher Raise Your Voice, the songs run all between four and five minutes, with the exception of the concluding Uprising which even makes it over a genre atypical twelve minutes.

But let’s start at the beginning. Anima Mundi starts with Hypnoza which instantly takes you back into a time and age when hardcore could be emotional without having to be some emetic eyeliner crap. Divine Spark understand that it is important to combine their fast, angry parts with slower, more melancholic moments that are used to build momentum. This can also be followed on Call Of The Wild, one of the album’s strongest tracks. The heartpiece of the record is of course the epic Uprising which naturally adds theme upon theme, constructing thus one of the longest hardcore songs I have ever come across. The band even finds room for more melodic guitar lines that make this monster song an unbelieving hardcore punk crust scream hybrid.

Anima Mundi may have been recorded in smalltown Tuntange, but it sure sounds like a worldly matter. Taking all the virtues of screamo hardcore from many years back and adding a pleasantly contemporary production, Divine Spark are absolutely able to revive the good old times without sounding like yesterday’s paper. This is without a doubt one of the strongest bands to come from Luxembourg is the last few years!

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