Sleavin and Killen were formerly a unit as Catharsis. Influenced by Celtic Frost, the Texas band Divine Eve released a MCD called As The Angels Weep in 1993. A demo called Essence Of Dawn was also reportedly being re-issued by Gothic Records. Infernal Oak featured Dismember’s Richard Cabeza.
The label version never came out. The band reappeared in 2007. Horror Pain Gore Death issued a split release of the band and Vex in 2009. The band announced it would open for Incantation and Hex in Europe for January of 2010. Xan Hammack was the second guitarist. Divine Eve’s MCD Vengeful And Obstinate was an older recording issued by Ibex Moon in 2010 as an EP.
DIVINE EVE - VENGEFUL AND OBSTINATE - IBEX MOON
A band must be vengeful and obstinate to come back after 17 years and issue another EP. The material is not necessarily new, however, and stems from the band’s pre-dismissal era, which partly explains the retro death/doom feel prevailing over the four tracks, Vindication, Grievous Ascendance, Whispers Of Fire and The Ravages Of Heathen Man. Whispers... does tend to speed up and go upbeat, while Ravages does the opposite thus presenting a good mixture of the styles. The band was on the brink becoming a bigger name back in the mid-”˜90s, yet this EP alone will not take the band back to where it was. The material is not popular enough and, more relevantly, the music is not strong enough. Imagine a mixture of doom metal a la Cathedral (and not just the cover artwork) meeting the harshness of Celtic Frost. The nature of the short-play EP in itself is also disadvantageous, but a full-length is in fact in the works according to the band and Ibex Moon. - Ali “The Metallian”