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Pale Divine: Consequence Of Time
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Pale Divine: Consequence Of Time

Traditional Heavy Metal
4.0/5.0

Some 50 miles south and west of Dangerdog HQ lies the sleepy burg of Glen Mills. It's not known for many things, but one of the residents, pilot Michael R. Horrocks, died in the September 11, 2001 attacks. He was the first officer on Flight 175, the second plane to hit the World Trade Center. Glenn Mills is also home to metal band Pale Divine who have a 25 year musical history. The band returns their sixth studio album, Consequence Of Time, which features new guitarist and vocalist Dana Ortt. Ortt used to play with original and current Pale Divine guitarist Greg Diener in Beelzefuzz. The two musicians will be sharing vocal duties, a first for the band.

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If you scout about the Internet, you'll find Pale Divine often described as a traditional doom metal band. I'm not entirely sure that's an adequate description. But, this is also my first spin of a Pale Divine album, so I come with new ears. What I hear is strongly guitar driven traditional metal that can bring in elements of psychedelic to progressive to, perhaps, blues rock. Surely, with some songs, such as Phantasmagoria or Consequence Of Time, the pacing, slow burning groove, and deep foreboding vocals, give them a doomish nature. Alternatively, the shorter Shadow's Own sounds more like melodic hard rock. Then later, Pale Divine shifts into fifth gear for the speedy rock of No Escape. There's nothing doomish about that song. And the lead song, Tyrants & Pawns, sounded like progressive metal with the tandem, inventive guitar lines. Ergo, across the entire album I was mostly impressed with varied and versatile, spry and soaring, guitar licks from Diener and Ortt. Really good stuff. All in all, for my first experience with Pennsylvania's Pale Divine, Consequence Of Time is a fine and entertaining album of traditional, perhaps doomish, guitar-driven heavy metal. Recommended.



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For my first experience with Pennsylvania's Pale Divine, Consequence Of Time is a fine and entertaining album of traditional, perhaps doomish, guitar-driven heavy metal. Recommended.

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