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paledivine consequenceoftime
Artist: Pale Divine
Title: Consequence Of Time
Genre: Traditional Doom Metal
Release Date: 26th June 2020
Label: Cruz Del Sur Music

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Sometimes you get acquainted to a band that is a round for 25 years and yet managed to fly under (or over) your radar, in the case of PALE DIVINE it is quite nice because I can discover their discography now. PALE DIVINE was formed in 1995 in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania. Let’s check the press text:

“PALE DIVINE celebrates 25 years with their most definitive statement to date, ‘Consequence of Time’! It’s the sound of a band whose sonic evolution is in full stride and unfolds across eight songs of enchanting songwriting and unrivalled metallic diversity. Bands are rarely looking to reinvent themselves when they reach the 25year mark. It’s a milestone worth celebrating and perhaps, above all else, an indicator of a formula in place that does not need tinkering. Truth be told, most bands who have lasted for such a period would be foolish to do so otherwise. For Pennsylvania metal veterans PALE DIVINE, the reinvention that takes place on their sixth full-length and first for Cruz Del Sur Music, ‘Consequence of Time’, was purely unintentional. It has, however, ultimately unearthed their finest hour. When PALE DIVINE welcomed former BEELZEFUZZ guitarist Dana Ortt into the fold in 2018, it was an easy call for the band to make - guitarist/ vocalist Greg Diener and drummer Darin McCloskey also played with Ortt in BEELZEFUZZ and were well-aware of his musical abilities and the chemistry the three men shared. Ortt has beefed up the PALE DIVINE formation (which is completed by bassist Ron McGinnis) - he is both a gifted guitarist and vocalist, something the band maximized on ‘Consequence of Time’. The album finds Diener sharing vocals with Ortt - a first for PALE DIVINE - and furthermore, it has unlocked several new gateways to which the band explored across eight songs of immense depth and haunting melodic flourish.”

After savouring these tunes for a while I must say this is a nice mix: very melodic, a bit of fuzz, a guitar sound that is the sonic equivalent of manspreading (doom-spreading), a bass that goes down like an 15 year old Glendronach Revival Malt and strangely satisfying vocals that sound eerily doomy yet totally heavy despite the clean singing (shared vocals by Diener and Ortt). This will be on heavy rotation for a while.

Conclusion: If you dig bands like: ORODRUIN, GRAND MAGUS or BLACK SABBATH check out PALE DIVINE!

Rating: 8.5 / 10

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