HistoryThis Poland-based black metal band was formed as early as 1995 and issued demos in 1997 and 2010. The band had changed styles to power metal and had a 2013 demo called Age Of The Immortal. Ukraine-based Total Metal signed the band and issued its debut full-length in 2015. Mat Joined on vocals in 2017 replacing Igor Tarasewicz who sang on the album. The latter man had replaced Przemo. Ossuary was the label of Mateusz Drzewicz who made Divine Weep’s 2020 album his own first release.
DIVINE WEEP – TEARS OF THE AGES – TOTAL METAL
Heavy/power metal with a huge nod to the conventions of the sub-genre is the name of the game here and the quintet certainly sticks to what makes metal metal and makes metal true. The full-length comes across as a complete package that nonetheless nods too vigorously to what has come before and falls short slightly in the quality compartment. There is absolutely nothing here that could be categorized as bad and indeed there is quite a bit that is quite good, but one cannot help but feel that the band falls short of excellence on multiple tracks.
There is a song called Day Of Revenge that reminds this writer of a single off Galmet’s The Hellmet demo. There is a prevalent guitar tone that could be Primal Fear’s and rhythms and melodies owing some to Helloween and Jorn. The singer could use some more range (which he apparently can deliver if you listen to Lzy Wiekow) and the bass could come out of the shadows. The band’s lead guitars are top-notch, however, and strengthen the band’s case whenever and wherever they appear.
The CD enjoys a clear and clean sound. Is the band’s monicker a play on words to ‘Divine Keep’?