Bringer of Plagues

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All Music Guide - Phil Freeman
Dino Cazares packed the debut CD by Divine Heresy with guest stars -- members of Static-X, Dimmu Borgir, Soulfly, and Machine Head all showed up to the party. This time around, the band is a stripped-down unit with nobody else lending a hand, and Bringer of Plagues is a better album for it. Of course, there are other changes, too; original vocalist Tommy Cummings was fired after a very public fight in April 2008, and there's a new bassist, Joe Payne, making his studio debut with the band. But new vocalist Travis Neal is a real find, switching back and forth between ultra-harsh death growls and barks and a high, clean, almost crooning vocal style on the choruses. That may ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Phil Freeman
Dino Cazares packed the debut CD by Divine Heresy with guest stars -- members of Static-X, Dimmu Borgir, Soulfly, and Machine Head all showed up to the party. This time around, the band is a stripped-down unit with nobody else lending a hand, and Bringer of Plagues is a better album for it. Of course, there are other changes, too; original vocalist Tommy Cummings was fired after a very public fight in April 2008, and there's a new bassist, Joe Payne, making his studio debut with the band. But new vocalist Travis Neal is a real find, switching back and forth between ultra-harsh death growls and barks and a high, clean, almost crooning vocal style on the choruses. That may not sound all that unique, but after Cummings' muscle-headed, bare-bones delivery, it's a welcome changeup. And guitarist Cazares and drummer Tim Yeung are still the band's real stars. Cazares' riffs are much more brutal than the ones he wrote with industrial-metal stars Fear Factory, while Yeung's work is as lightning-fast and relentless as anything he played with more traditional death metal acts Hate Eternal, Decrepit Birth, and Vital Remains. For the most part, this is a head-down, hair-pinwheeling death metal album, with melody mostly an afterthought (the chorus of "Redefine" seems to belong to a whole different song, and the almost power metal intro section of "Letter to Mother" is equally surprising in context). The production, by Machine Head guitarist Logan Mader, is ultra-heavy, and the performances are ferocious without seeming overly cleaned-up. If they can keep their lineup steady, Divine Heresy might be onto something.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/28/2009
  • Label: Century Media
  • UPC: 727701862620
  • Catalog Number: 18626
  • Sales rank: 102,384

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Divine Heresy Primary Artist
Dino Cazares Guitar, Group Member
Rhys Fulber Keyboards
Logan Mader Vocals
Tim Yeung Drums, Group Member
Joe Payne Bass, Group Member
Lucas Banker Vocals
Jonathan Merkel Keyboards
Travis Neal Vocals, Group Member
Joe Payne Bass
Technical Credits
Dino Cazares Composer, Producer
Logan Mader Lyricist, Producer, Engineer
Tim Yeung Composer
Anthony Clarkson Artwork
John Sankey Drum Arrangements
Lucas Banker Lyricist
Alex Lagos Guitar Techician
Jonathan Merkel Orchestral Arrangements
Travis Neal Composer, Lyricist
Jason Casey Composer, Lyricist
Joe Payne Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A tidal wave of pounding drums and relentless guitars

    I figured Divine Heresy would be a one-album, one-time thing for guitarist Dino Cazares, and to my wonder this band is still kickin'. When their debut Bleed The Fifth came out I considered it to be the best Fear Factory album never made. I was taken aback by how aggressive the drums and guitars were... and still am with their sophomore effort Bringer Of Plagues. I have to say that both albums top Arkaea's Years In The Darkness, which supposedly features songs that were meant to be on a new Fear Factory album. I like both bands, but Divine Heresy is superior in songwriting, and it comes as no surprise that Cazares is allegedly back in with Fear Factory and guitarist Christian Olde Wolbers is out (and doing his Arkaea thing).

    Something new with Divine Heresy is singer Travis Neal replacing the fired Tommy Vext. In my opinion Neal isn't as aggressive as Vext but still brings the hammer. The only thing I don't like is his clean vocals in "Darkness Embedded," which are kind of whiny and off key or something. It just doesn't sound right, but overall Neal is a good replacement and his harsh vocals fit in well. While I'm judging - and I hate to downplay something that's good as a whole - the bass isn't very prominent. Bringer of Plagues is a tidal wave of pounding drums and relentless guitars. I feel like the band tries to play as fast and hard as they can, and that's where the bass becomes lost.

    Like Bleed The Fifth, this new material is essentially much of the same, which somehow satisfyingly makes it difficult to pick a favorite. Choose both I must! Tim Yeung is still a monster behind the drum kit. Every song is annihilated with kick drums and ungodly percussion. Dino Cazares' guitar-playing gallops and thrashes like a possessed thoroughbred. Your ear drums will be crushed into a fine powder. This album is one of my favorites of 2009 and while rumors swirl that Cazares is rejoining Fear Factory, I hope Divine Heresy isn't forgotten.

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