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Define Divine
Suffer The Pain
1/12/2006 - Review by: Anthony Burke
Heavy and pleasing at times
Define Divine - Suffer The Pain - 2004 - Rule! Entertainment

Track Listing
1. 9-1
2. Second Sun
3. Brother Devil Child
4. Doctor
5. Suffer (The Pain)
6. Do or die
7. Iron
8. Devotion
9. Win
10. Holy Buddha Cable Sales
Define divine, allow me to take a shot at that. Divine means supremely good or even Godlike. Now that I have done the homework the band decided to give, we can focus on the task at hand, the music.

This five piece includes Angst on vocal chords (former PIMPSLAP THE ATMOSPHERE, RULE, and TYRANT SIN, which later became CANNIBAL CORPSE after Angst left), Bezl on one guitar (former PIMPSLAP THE ATMOSPHERE), Shawn Bowen on the other guitar (former NEUROTICA and BALD DAISY), Paul Ditomasso on bass, and G.J. Gosman behind the drum kit (former NEUROTICA and NEW CRASH POSITION). Angst and Bezl met in Florida, but unfortunately, there was no more background info on the band, so what you see, is what I know.

Here, we have a 10 track debut from an aggressive (borderline Nu-Metal) five piece. The band states their influences to be BLACK SABBATH, MARILYN MANSON, SOULFLY, KORN, and TOOL, and others. Well, at least two of the five bands mentioned are worthy in my book, so would this release stand on its own? The first minute or so of the opening track sounds promising for this group. Then comes the distortion mixed with what sounds like a fretless bass (Primus uses one and it gives the sound that the strings need to be tightened and the bass needs to be tuned). Maybe this Marilyn Manson cloned sound was a fluke, that was only geared for that one song. The next eight songs were just more of the same. Songs that start out promising but then turn away from that. Yes, 1 + 8 + 9, so this leads us to track 10. I am not even sure the relevance it has to this album or music in general. It is solely an answering machine. Hey, I have one. Maybe I can record messages and make an album from it. That was absolutely worthless and a complete waste of tape and space on a CD.

I cannot rate this, to be honest. Vocally, Angst has an incredible voice, whether a soft-spoken whisper or a scream, he can do it all. But there is such thing as overdoing the distortion. Musically the bass was so far out of tune and so the guitars were extremely distorted, thus it was redundant and became annoying. It became heavy and pleasing at times (Sabbath, Tool) but those tiny lifeboats could not stop this ship from sinking faster than the Titanic. Fans of the Nu-Metal scene, (Manson, Korn, ect.) may and probably will enjoy this band. As for me, I was never so glad to hit the eject button.

--Mojo 1.10.05

Suffer The Pain
Anthony Burke1/12/2006


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