Published on June 7th, 2018 | by voxx0
Dividium – T.H.R.E.E CD Launch
The Polar Bear, Hull
Dividium are an immensely popular four piece melodic technical metal band from Hull. Tonight sees them taking to the stage to support the release of their latest record, the fantastic T.H.R.E.E.
The lights drop as the projector kicks into action. Dividium fully embrace technology and tonight we are spoilt with a fantastic multimedia display playing out behind the guys. A welcome introduction to the evening as the band take to the stage with opener ‘Send Nudes’, while the video plays in synchronisation behind. I don’t know where to look; it’s a sensory overload of the best kind. The crowd are immediately behind them with some die hard devotees desperate to experience the new tracks live (myself included).
Next comes old favourite ‘In Terrifying Colour’ and Neil Bailey’s vocals really come into their own on new track ‘Echo Chamber’, with its building harmonies, delicate piano and swirling guitars before opening into a massive sounding rumbling chorus of epic proportions. Riff heavy ‘Satisfaction Guaranteed’ is next, video blazing behind with guitarist Pete and drummer James participating in mortal combat on screen.
The new tracks sit perfectly next to the old material, showing the progression while respecting the past. Stellar work as always from Pete Delaney on guitars, jumping skillfully between styles, the unforgiving thrash of ‘Nerfed’ to the big rigging of ‘Satisfaction Guaranteed’, bubbling space guitars of ‘Echo Chamber’ and more, really showcasing one of the best, most diverse guitarists in the city.
Joe Haslam and James Coggin hold the backbone of the sound together with a solid backline. Joe’s crunching chugging bass dances around ever present without imposing, while still being able to flesh out the core of the heavy when it comes to those almost muted djent hits during the bigger riffs. ‘It’s All Gone 19′ rallies the crowd bombastic and angry. They could play a 20 minutes prog ode to Postman Pat and everyone would be happy right now. Dividium own the stage and carry the audience with them.
The night finishes with one of my favourite tracks off the new record, ‘Body Harvest’, with its jaunty melancholy percussion during the verses – It reminds me of something off a Muse or Radiohead album. It feels tense and I instantly feel the hairs stick up on the back of my neck.
A fantastic introduction to a record which is without question one of the most ambitious records released by a local band in as long as I can remember. Here’s to what I hop[e is a big year for the guys. It’s more than deserved.
Words: Luke Goodhand | Photography: Rowan Zynoni
For a detailed track-by-track review of T.H.R.E.E, click here.