Violent Divine - 2006 Violent Divine

ARTIST: Violent Divine
ALBUM: Violent Divine
LABEL: Chavis Records
YEAR: 2006

LINEUP: Michael Alstrom - vocals * Mikael 'Q' Gyist - guitars * Klaus Gauffin - bass * Gustav 'Gus' Liljenstrom - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Let's Go * 02 Love Revolution * 03 The Morning Show * 04 Rush You * 05 Malfunction * 06 Misery * 07 Enslaved * 08 Slow * 09 Apocalypse *10 Ghost In The Machine * 11 Levitate * 12 Down The Line

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Recently signed to Chavis Records, Swedish hard rockers Violent Divine are somewhat of a departure for the label, who since their inception have been largely known for producing traditional metal acts.

Violent Divine formed as late as August 2005, so to have product this polished on the market so soon is somewhat of an achievement in an era when it takes certain bands years to record anything new.

The band claim to be influenced by the usual figureheads of US hard rock, Motley Crue, Ratt, Poison, Van Halen etc except for bassist Klaus who from what I've read was more of a thrasher with a love for Slayer and Metallica.

The road seems to have been a long one, with all members plying their trade in other bands for up to a decade before settling with each other. It would be wrong to suggest this debut is truly 80's inspired, as it is largely a set of modern rock with a few doffs of the cap to the past thrown in.

The Songs

'Let's Go' stands out as the dominant track, especially with an opening riff which could almost be Saxon. Mixed with an anthemic hook and a powerful rhythm section, this is more than competent hard rock, on a par with anything recorded since the genres demise eon's ago.

The bottom ended bass and vocal work recall Bush during 'Love Revolution', but the hook is far too melodic to be compared with that band. Fans of Velvet Revolver and Buckcherry might find some worth in 'The Morning Show' which seems to be the sound of hard rock these days (15 years and counting), slightly dour with almost melancholic vocals.

'Rush You' is being touted as the hit single from the album, with a sub sleaze rock vibe, which makes sense looking at the bands image, the metallic riffs at odds with the snotty vocal delivery. Elsewhere tracks like 'Malfunction' drag, and with titles like 'Misery', 'Enslaved' and 'Slow' also to be found, this on the surface looks to be a mid 90's grunge affair, and really isn't too dissimilar with the dreary music and lyrics.

Chugging riffs abound during 'Apocalypse', and comparisons to Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson creep in scarily enough. More metal are 'Ghost In The Machine' and 'Levitate', but by the time of closer 'Down The Line' the riffs are indistinguishable from the last song and a bit more variation is needed. The grunge vocals sadly don't do the trick for me.

In Summary

For a band together only scant few months you would be hard pressed to tell. Their eye is firmly aimed at the rock market of today, and as much as they touted it in their bio any traces of their 80's idols are nowhere to be found. This is understandable as that sound is not likely to shift copies in this day and age.

There are numerous bands attempting this style of hard rock and Violent Divine fit in easily and realistically given the radio climate of the US rock scene certain tracks could make a huge impact if given the chance. Recommended to fans of this particular form of rock, for others just don't go in expecting another Motley Crue.

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