Alright, we are just ending February and the tech death is going to just keep coming this year and I would like to alert you of a band that has a dynamite sound, Deivos. I had to go back and listen to their 2015 release Theodicy which at the time I thought was an outstanding album and that I just wish the guitar production was cleaned up a little bit. Boy did they hit it out of the park with Endemic Divine. Starting off with the opening track “Daimonion” which opens with chugging guitar parts going into older Spawn of Possession styled fretboard climbing.
Deivos is a fantastic example of a band that play technical death metal mean. Vocalist Hubert’s (A.K.A Angelfuck) remind a great deal of Francesco Paoli’s( ex –Hour of Penance and Fleshgod Apocalypse) cadence. You can definitely hear the Morbid Angel influence throughout and the riffing for the most part sounds pretty original in terms of the way they construct their parts. This is an unbelievably catchy record. One motif that is hard to not to notice is the use of cowbell, “Sisters of Mercy” is one example. This tune is one of the more aggressive on the album start to finish. “Dust of the Universe” is another strong track ripe with sick harmonized octaves and enough blast beats and drum variety to get you through the cold and flu season. The middle of the album continues to relentless pummels one ears with “Gods of Death”. The opening minute is a raging machine that builds into a strong groove section. For me maybe one of the only things that bothers me is the cover artwork. Nothing wrong with a skull being ripped apart I suppose but I would just have expected something a bit more intricate given the material presented here.
It is definitely quite difficult to find any faults with this album. One of my favorites so far this year for sure and 2017 is just getting started. The other band that I can make a comparison to is Murder Made God. Deivos seem to have a similar sense of heavy groove which is demonstrated throughout. For a fifth studio full length release these guys really seemed to have found the right combination of solid production and musicianship. Due to the change in record labels this particular release might go a bit under the radar and I would not recommend passing up picking this one up. If you are a fan of Polish Death metal like older Decapitated or Vader then you will more than likely appreciate the riff variations that are on display.
This is going to be a very busy year for technical death metal with a variety of releases from a variety of labels and Endemic Divine is not one you are going to want to slip by. For fans of Morbid Angel, Spawn of Possession and Murder Made God. There is a fine line between brutality and technicality and Deivos do a fantastic job of balancing both elements. Crank this up to eleven and bring on the hair whips. Endemic Divine is a winner for sure.[Visit the band's website]