Divine:Decay was formed in 1999 and released a demo in the same year
of the San Francisco Bay Area sound. The band opened for Stone,
Sentenced and others and also shot a video for its debut album on
The band began writing for its second album. The recordings began in
December of 2002 at MD Studio (HIM, Apocalyptica, etc.) and continued
Crazy Crane Studio. The album was produced by Janne Joutsenniemi. The
band consequently invited former Gandalf guitarist Timo Nyberg
transforming the band to a three-guitar attack.
DIVINE:DECAY - MAXIMIZE THE MISERY - OSMOSE
Osmose Productions tells me that Divine:Decay is the new incarnation of Bay Area thrash. If that is the case, the new Bay Area bands play mild-thrash with a singer who can best be described as an acquired taste. He comes across as the Fear Factory frontman's Finnish fan and a Strapping Young Lad! The album certainly starts like it desperately wants to be Testament's New Order, but Finland has no thrashing charms as everyone knows. The band tries though with its near-chunky chords and backing vocals.
Without A Soul clones Metallica's Welcome Home (Sanitarium) riff. Killing Innocence at least throws in a melody and an extended lead guitar. Otherwise, there are hardly any stand-out moments that make a metal fan raise the devil's horns or want to bang his head during no less than fifty-five minutes.
The unimaginative drumming too goes straight to the boring side of the bone. Maximize The Misery does not quite live up to its name and is OK, but hardly good enough to merit purchase in a world where albums much better than this are released weekly. All in all, things are not as bad as they are made out to be, but nevertheless forgive me for coining the term monotonous:mundane to describe the album. - Ali "The Metallian"