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Published on June 7th, 2018 | by voxx

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Dividium – T.H.R.E.E

Dividium are one of the few bands currently pushing the limits of Technical, Epic, Progressive Meta on the Hull local music scene. They’re not afraid to mash genres, use unconventional beats or throw the heaviest, dirtiest riff against choruses big enough to make even the most comfortable prog fans crumple and implode. Over a year in the making, T.H.R.E.E is a perfect snapshot of a band striving for bigger and better…

Send Nudes
The opening track deceptively lulls you in with delicate ghostly guitars and a slow metal build, reminding me of Killswitch during their Howard Jones prime – building drums prime for a foot stomping, evil sounding riff and Neil Bailey’s punching vocals. Thumping, chugging riffs carry us through to the big chorus of harmonies and Neil’s other singing vocal. Breakdowns sweep through bass heavy, setting the scene for a barrage of BIG sounding solos. It’s a bold start and a revised bigger, heavier sound than before.

Would You Kindly?
Thrashing technical guitars jauntily dance behind pure raging vocals. This is the most technical punk affair you’ll ever see before it hits an almost Mick Gordon Doom OST djent onslaught. The guitar of Pete Delaney shines here, giving me hand cramp just listening to it – Sweeping, spiralling lead guitar the main backfil until the grinding finale.

Satisfaction Guaranteed
An alt rock anthem suddenly appears. Riff heavy, almost grooving, this is more than likely the radio hit to come; More smooth vocal hijinxs with the catchiest chorus on record. Everything you could want and more features here. Solid drums lead the way courteousy of James Coggin with tight technical percussion during the heavier segments and solos. The driving guitars remind me of some weird cross-over between Billy Talent and Metallica – awesome!

Nerfed
Back to the thrash. The thuggish dirty riffs rule the show, juxstaposed against the gentler chorus. Joe Haslam’s bass reverberates throughout, keeping everything together and laying the foundation for some stellar solo work in the closing stages. Short and sweet we’re really seeing just how diverse Dividium can go. Playing with structure like it’s nothing, it’s truly gripping stuff.

The Echo Chamber
I have to say, what came before was amazing, but the old Muse fan in me has been absolutely bowled over by the last two tracks on this record. ‘The Echo Chamber’ opens to angsty tock, almost Foo Fighters, but then offbeat bouncing rhythm and Muse-esq twinkling guitars (Stockholm Syndrome Chorus) flow over the ears. The hairs stand up on the back of the neck before leaping off into the upper stratosphere. Those vocal harmonies – this is how you do a chorus people. Take note. A heavy riff later we have soothing rising piano – WOW. Just when you think it can’t get bigger, it goes full Earth-shakingly massive. The piano outro is absolutely divine.

Body Harvest
It feels like we’ve gone full circle with an intro reminiscent of ‘Send Nudes’, but somehow darker. Solos lead through, creating a soundscape that carries a feeling of despair before the riffs are unleashed. Slower Neil’s vocals shine over offbeat, hypnotic drums. Building and swirling, the sound feels like a maelstrom before opening up into the chorus. Melancholy, dark, haunting and moving. Suddenly the solos sweep back through over a stomping riff – could you cram any more brooding awesome into a track?

T.H.R.E.E is without doubt the most technically impressive, biggest sounding heavy metal rock opera you will hear. For a local band to have produced something of this scale and ambition is truly inspiring and definitely worthy of your attention.

You can get the record now from: https://dividium.bandcamp.com

- By Luke Goodhand

To read all about the album launch event at The Polar Bear, Hull, click here.


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