Monday, 26 May 2014

Album Review: DIVIDED WE STAND ~Deception

Title: Deception
Record Label: Independent
FB: Divided We Stand

Reviewed by: Dave Wolff
Date: May 2014

Divided We Stand are from the statewide metal community of Tennessee, which has been extensively covered in AEA (other bands include Crome Molly, Shallowpoint and Belfast 6 Pack to name a few). Tennessee bands are unique in that they combine metal and southern rock, each a little differently from the others. The first thing you’ll notice about Divided We Stand’s latest EP is their balance between guitar crunch and harmony with melodic vocals giving them an accessible but not too mainstream friendly edge. The songs the band recorded for Deception take enough unexpected turns to avoid predictability and sustain the freshness Tennessee bands have become noticed for over the last four or so years. “Breath Me In” is a fitting example of the band’s appeal for its relentless yet diverse quality. This is echoed throughout the rest of this recording, particularly “Saboteur” and “Stolen Soul.” The band is making a noteworthy effort to demonstrate how music is “a universal language” as they view it, and the range of influences they display here goes a long way toward accomplishing this. A band to watch for in the near future. 

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