Divine Anger - Guru Of Hate - Reviewed By MMH - The Home Of Rock Radio! Wednesday August 4 2021, 4:47 PM
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Divine Anger - Guru Of Hate - Reviewed By MMH - The Home Of Rock Radio ! Check it out here at this link: https://mmhradio.co.uk/album-review-divine-anger-guru-of-hate/

Divine Anger is one of the newest bands I’ve ever written about, founded in 2015 from the combined efforts of school friends Barry Ross and Luke Krämer. This dynamic duo went on to form a professional metal band a few years later in 2018 and have recruited four other members to flesh out the ranks and complete the Divine Anger machine. Operating out of Hamburg, this internationally diverse group are finally primed to hit the metal world stage for good after some delays to their plans from the pandemic, let us see what they have to offer!

Gunning for primarily a power metal stance and citing some influences including Iced Earth and Helloween, it might be quite easy to predict what Divine Anger would sound like, however this is certainly not the case. Divine Anger are bringing an eclectic mix of styles and approaches to their music that can sometimes feel a little disjointed or in-cohesive. It is easy to tell that they are a bunch of very talented musicians, but it comes across as if they’re not all quite on the same page, or if they are, they’re not really sure what story they fit into. 

For example, opener and title track ‘Guru of Hate’, is a split between a “chorus” where we hear the title screamed over and over amidst a Sepultura-like backing and then switches to some distant vocals with the musical brutality toned down quite a bit – having dynamic control can be used well creatively, but here it is very much like having two different songs cut and pasted together. About half way through, we get a guitar lead driven section which again feels a little out of place.

One of their singles ‘Behind the Wall’ picks up the quality a little bit with some solid verses and powerful riffing. Until we reach the breakdown section where it just doesn’t seem to blend into the song as a whole, I’m not sure whether there is some production issue affecting it or whether it is down to the composition; it just doesn’t quite flow.

‘Always Now’ is their strongest effort on the album and is a good power metal piece. We start to now incorporate some of the melodic side of things here as well as cleaner guitars, slower melodies and an overall emotive performance. This is where Divine Anger really shines and is most definitely where they need to focus their efforts for future releases.

As we’ve already heard in some tracks, Divine Anger aren’t afraid to incorporate the heavier side of things, on the track ‘D-Day’ we even hear some thrash inspired rhythms and a much darker tone than the others. A fairly good rocker and will certainly get some heads banging but again just falls short of the quality that I’m sure they are capable of. Also, while transitionally the break in this track works better, the overall fit again is just slightly jarring.

Closer ‘When Angels Sleep’ is fortunately another high point where again we see some more mellow and melodic techniques used and there is some real good fast paced riffing and heavy metal throughout the bulk of the track. Although, the song does end quite abruptly, which makes you question “wait, was that the end?” or “did the music stop?”.

Divine Anger are a very talented bunch of metal musicians who clearly adore many different styles of heavy music, and while of course that is certainly no sin and it is advantageous to understand those styles, they don’t always work so well when put together. If they can hone in on their strong points such as the power metal focused tracks, Divine Anger could offer a substantial boost to the slightly waning sub-genre and inject a bit of life into it. This will certainly still attract a lot of fans, but hopefully on their next major release they can fine tune their trajectory and we will see what the creative minds behind the wheel can achieve. - MMH - The Home Of Rock Radio

Release Date: August 6, 2021


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Believe it or not, Divine Anger is a metal band from another dimension. How and why this shift happened is still a riddle to all! One moment, they were playing the biggest gig of their life in Wacken – on their side. Next, they woke up here, in a reality that is home to you but alien to them. Now, the six musicians are on a journey to return home, and their first wish is to play their way into the ears and hearts of metalheads, with their expressive power metal – a style that ranges from melodic to aggressive but is always catchy as hell! Everyone has heroes, and Divine Anger’s strongest influences are metal bands like Iced Earth, Helloween, Angel Dust, and Nocturnal Rites. At the same time, all band members enjoy the impact of more aggressive metal genres. So, you will mainly hear clean vocals in their songs, but you will also often hear screams, growls, or blends from these different vocal styles, inspired by subgenres like melodic death metal or alternative metal rather than specific bands. 

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Divine Anger was founded in 2015 by Barry Ross (bass) and Luke Krämer (guitars). The two school friends pushed their project passionately and formed a professional metal band in 2018. With Misaki Hayashi (synthesizers), J.J. (guitars), Damon (drums), and ART3M (vocals), Barry and Luke found irreplaceable comrades-in-arms, and today, they together form the permanent line-up of Divine Anger. The band members come from different countries and are thus an international group. As in their founding year, their life and creative activity are centered in Hamburg (Germany). Although currently completely unknown in the metal scene, Divine Anger has already built up a reputation as a serious newcomer band in their dimension. Indeed, they were just one step away from signing their first record deal, which was to happen right after their gig in Wacken. But then, things changed. On December 1, 2020 Divine Anger released their first single Behind the Wall in our dimension. A second single (Always Now) followed on February 20, 2021, and the third one (Guru of Hate) on May 7, 2021. On August 6, 2021 the band's debut EP will be unleashed on our ears. Find out more about this unusual band and it’s out-of-this-world band members here: divine-anger.com.
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Divine Anger is very happy about the following media coverage so far:
• Inclusion in the RADIO BOB! Newcomer Stream
• MyTouché Blog: Introducing: Divine Anger
• The Other Side Reviews: A Chat with Divine Anger
• Demon Reports: Divine Anger premieres the official music video for the “Behind The Wall” ...

Follow the band at these links:

https://divine-anger.com/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/3ryv0gcGdjZT5tfgUj9kul
https://www.instagram.com/divineanger_official/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5MPc53TYJlrLyN1gEy8gCA
https://www.facebook.com/DivineAngerOfficial/

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