SETH - DIVINE-X - OSMOSE
I find it coincidentally amusing that the Osmose biography uses the 'subdued' adjective to describe Seth. That is one of the words I would have used. French underground band Seth is one of those groups which simply refuses to go anywhere or do anything for you. From the very mechanical drumming, the synthesizer effects, the very timeworn riffs to the uncomfortable vocal phrasings of the new man behind the microphone there is little etched on Divine-X that actually manages to gel. The drone is from all that and the overall nagging feeling that everything heard on this disc has already been done by many so-called 'modern" black metal bands whose inkling to cram powerless speed (hello Dimmu Borgir!) and nonsense extracurricular elements onto the songs ultimately renders the band beyond the realm of metal or even remotely interesting.