Divine Souls - Embodiment
In Flames huge - and ongoing - success in the beginning of the 90's brought many bands to take on the more melodic, folkoriented, yet brutal approach.
I have heard all too many clones of established, good bands during my time that I just consider beeing a waste of time for an hour or so, when you could have seen a Simpsonepisode on tv or something.
Divine Souls aren't a clone.
The singer is very skilled, and he's singing in a few groups on the side, in normal pitched, non-growling vocals, which proves that he master most singingstyles there are with the honours - from R.E.M to Bolt Thrower - and he doesn't put as much emphasis on the power and depth in his vocals as In Flames - even though he has the capability.
Divine Souls put much more focus on the melodies, where
guitarist Lindgren and Högberg are very well synchronised through
the many licks, bridges and hooks we are beeing served here.
This could mainly be explained by the fact that the cd is their first for a small recordcompany, and that also explains a little why the record is kind of short - it clocks in at 36 minutes, but there will certainly be a change in both those areas later this summer, when Divine Souls release their second album.
Reliable sources state that the songs are said to be very much stronger than on the next release, and besides that they are going to record it in Soundcreation Studios where bands such as Lefay and Tad Morose has recorded some of their albums, which surely can mean a terrific sound on the record.
I for one is very much looking forward to their next release
- and I advice you all to do the same!