The Fallen Divine on their debut album has provided some of the best melodic death metal I have heard this year, especially from a debut album. The band from Olso, Norway has offered up a beast of a debut album, which needs to be heard.
The opening track Dissension sets the tone for the rest of the album, some beautifully melodic sections marred with growled vocals and heavy riffs, and the mix of the two blends really well. Whilst there are some sections that drag slightly (with all but one of the tracks being over 5 minutes in length) but for the most part this is some really good melodic death metal which fans of Children of Bodom and Dark Tranquillity will no doubt enjoy.
There are some elements of Prog music, especially in Fire Lights the Night (Self Ignition) which gives the track a really eerie feel, but it meshes in so well with the rest of the track.
I could see this album getting fairly repetitive on heavy repeated listening, as the tracks do tend to mesh into one another, but for the few times I listened to it, something new always did come up, but it won’t be one of the albums you listen to on repeat all day every day.
Overall this is a good album, and an amazing Debut for the Norwegian metallers, and proving that Finland doesn’t hold all the talent for Melodic Metal in Scandinavia.