DIVINE WEEP: "The Omega Man" - Reviewed By Rocka Rolla Web Zine ! Check it out here at this link: http://rockarollazine.blogspot.com/2021/04/divine-weep-omega-man-2020-ossuary.html
Last June witnessed the release of "The Omega Man", the long-awaited continuation of the first cast of the Polish Divine Weep, whose title "Tears Of The Ages" (2015) we duly reviewed in RRWZ. Formed in the mid-1990s in the city of Bialystok by guitarist Bart Kosacki and drummer Daro Karpiesiuk as a number of black metal, the arrival of the new millennium saw the band's fire rapidly become extinct. But after a ten-year stop, Kosacki and Karpiesiuk reactivated the combo and, with the arrival of bassist Janusz Grabowski (and later with the addition of guitarist Darek Moroz and vocalist Igor Tarasewicz), oriented Divine Weep's career towards traditional heavy metal with great influences from European power, released the EP "The Age Of The Immortal" (2013) and subsequently did the same with their remarkable first full-length.
In "The Omega Man", without abandoning the unalterable classic root heavy metal, the quintet softens its German influences to incorporate and give greater court to elements typical of American thrash and speed or the black of its beginnings. This virada gives its new proposal a sound harder, more aggressive and complex than its predecessor, being largely possible thanks to the addition of the versatile vocalist Mateusz Drzewicz (Hellhaim, Subterfuge and founder of the label Ossuary Records), a kind of Tim Ripper Owens whose wide vocal range allows him, starting from his clean voice with a rough touch, to achieve excellent treble and proferate guttural voices.
The inaugural Cold As Metal is manual heavy metal with an initial riff to which is added the second guitar and a sharp solvent, stanzas of energetic cadence with excellent bent vocals, intense bridge and demolishing chorus. Journeyman follows him with a fantastic aim, great rhythm guitars and a powerful semi-broken voice, a quiet and melodic main verse and a super dense and heavy harmonized central fragment. The Firestone incendiary begins with a sturdy riff and a thrash percussion in the stanzas, continues with a melodious chorus and leaps into the air with the devastating change of rhythm full of guttural voices and blast beats. Arriving at the equator of plastic we come across Riders Of Navia,the re-recording of the power ballad appearing on his EP and the omen that after calm comes the storm. The Screaming Skull of Silence is simply devastating, packed with tempo changes, blacker rhythms and matt showing off all facets of his voice through cheeky, sharp and guttural tones.
Walking (Through The Debris Of Nations) contains a fabulous Dokken riff, another overwhelming vocal performance and devastating intermediate rhythmic variations. Die Gelassenheit is a very brief track that serves as a prelude to Mirdea Lake and its unparalleled speed, while the title of the same name brutally closes the album with the band at the highest level and the singer making the most of his vocal cords and giving us a few sentences in Spanish.
With "The Omega Man" Divine Weep have far exceeded the bar set with "Tears Of The Ages". They have struck the table and made a big leap in their career by billing a furious, ferocious and metallic album that opens a new, and perhaps definitive, via their personal company. Unppealing recommendation! - Rocka Rolla Web Zine
Divine Weep has been formed in 1995 as a black metal band. During the years of inactivity the band’s style evolved into classic heavy metal in the vein of bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. The band came back to life in 2010 with new songs and new members, getting a new chance to shine among Poland’s metal scene, which resulted in a lot of gigs and two studio albums.
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The second full-length album of Divine Weep, released 5 years after acclaimed "Tears of the Ages".
Released June 8, 2020
1. Cold As Metal
4. Riders of Navia
5. The Screaming Skull of Silence
6. Walking (Through Debris of Nations)
7. Die Gelassenheit
8. Mirdea Lake
9. The Omega Man
Mateusz Drzewicz - vocals, synths
Bartosz Kosacki - guitars
Dariusz Moroz - guitars
Janusz Grabowski - bass
Dariusz Karpiesiuk - drums
Produced by Divine Weep
Recorded, mixed and mastered at Dobra 12 Studio by Piotr Polak
Additional recording at Dobra 12 Studio by Michał Kuźmicki & Mateusz Trykożko
Additional guitar & synths recording at HiGain Studio by Janusz Grabowski & Marcin Grygoruk
Artwork & layout by Dawid Boldys (Shred Perspectives Works)
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