Divine Eve / Vex ‎– Split CD

Obliteration Records ‎– ORCD 091


Vengeful And Obstinate
1 Divine Eve Vindication 2:48
2 Divine Eve Grievous Ascendance 4:40
3 Divine Eve Whispers Of Fire 3:42
4 Divine Eve The Ravages Of Heathen Men 6:01
The Circular Ruins
5 Vex The Circular Ruins 4:25
6 Vex No Such Thing 7:34
7 Vex Wasteland 6:19

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout: ORCD 091 I-DF10012 IFPI LB80 111220244N
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LB80
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 2N70

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January 1, 2015
Divine Eve aren't a new band, they were formed in the 90's, released two demos and an Ep, but then mysteriously disappeared... Apparently they have some kind of cult status in some occult retro metal sects, but I wasn't able to hear their new recording until 2013.
While breathing the vapors escaping the cool atmosphere of these four new songs, you could be tempted to call the music Death doom, since the tempo has tendencies to embrace slower speeds, but the safer could be to simply call this "Old school metal". This is old school, the way it was quite commonly understood 4-5 years ago, or a bit more.
Looking closer at the music, something important is the influence of the first 3 CELTIC FROST records (Morbid tales, Emperor's return, To megatherion) for various reasons, including the way of riffing, some song structures, some beats, the production, and a bit more...
Then you also happen to feel a bit of this or that band (Little touches of Order from chaos in there, some Slayer (Hell awaits) in that riff, perhaps Hellhammer during these fast moments, etc) but it is minor elements in the global spectrum.
This is old school metal in the cool way: No abuse of drunkenness, no voluntary lo-fi production, no voluntary fucked up raw sound, this was done in the natural/ simple/ relaxed manner: Old school metal with a warm atmosphere, the way we knew it a bit more than a couple of years ago.
My first and only previous contact with DIVINE EVE was a song from a compilation CD entitled "5 years Nuclear blast" that I got during my first years of metal interest. It didn't move me too much back then, maybe because it was hard to fight the good songs of Sinister, Brutality, Hypocrisy, Dismember, Amorphis and Resurrection that were also featured.
I'm more embalmed with what DIVINE EVE procreated more recently, this is quite embalming and coolified music (Even if no really killer riffs and no orgasm of metal were provided in the package).
So I wish you hell, and I hope these old school metallers from Texas will brew more warm old school metal of this kind in the future!
Marching towards the Megathrone, we will await the procreation of the new morbid tales!

The other part of this split CD contains 3 songs of VEX from Texas.
I would say their music is located in the middle between black metal and death metal, with an equal quantity of fast and mid-paced moments.
Unfortunately for them, the music they play isn't really my kind, so the description will be short.
I would say some fast melodic black metal riffs could sound like DISSECTION/ SACRAMENTUM, while some mid-paced to slow parts could sound like ASPHYX (It might be due to the quite "big" production)... And there are also some mid-paced rhythms black metal bands used more commonly a couple of years ago...
The songs are constructed and played in a correct, quite professional manner, and the content sounds like it could be pleasant for those who like the style.
Instead of trying hard to draw ambiguous comparisons with a lot of vagueness, I will shorten the review right now. (End of transmission)