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Divinefire - 2005 Glory Thy Name



ARTIST: Divinefire
ALBUM: Glory Thy Name
LABEL: Rivel Records
SERIAL: RRCD020
YEAR: 2005

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Christian Liljegren - vocals * Jani Stefanovic - guitars, keyboards, drums, percussion * Andreas Olsson - bass

TRACK LISTING: 01 From Death To Life * 02 The Worlds On Fire * 03 Never Surrender * 04 The Sign * 05 Out Of The Darkness * 06 Pay It Torward * 07 Live My Life For You * 08 Free Like An Eagle * 09 The Spirit * 10 The Way To Eternity

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WEBLINKS: www.divinefire.net


Background
Divinefire is a relatively recent lineup, formed by Christian Liljegren and Jani Stefanovic during 2004. Rivel is a name you hear bandied about in Swedish metal circles, that's because Christian is involved with the label Rivel Records, plus a handful of other popular metal/rock bands, like Narnia. This trio have managed to combine progressive metal with neo-classical and epic elements into the mix. Most have adjudged Divinefire to be a harder-hitting version of Rhapsody, and that may well be true, but the finesse and power has been delivered on album number one, whereas their Italian counterparts took a couple of go's at getting it right.


The Songs
The album starts and ends with spoken word pieces. 'From Death To Life' is a passage uplifted from the Book Of Revelations. We are soon deep into the dramatic 'The Worlds On Fire', a bombastic thrashy track with death metal growls in the background. Don't let that put you off, this is full-on stuff. Continuing the bombast but with appreciably more melody is 'Never Surrender', the metronomic nature of the drumwork keeps this song ticking over. More epic backdrops are provided on 'The Sign', the kick-drums still in double motion but the speed has been marginally decreased with well-paced verses and nimble keyboard lines. 'Out Of The Darkness' is powerful, without the need for velocity. Instead it uses intensity to get its point across. 'Pay It Forward' is the token ballad here, and is rich in dark atmosphere, like a dense wistful cloud of melody and suspense. 'Live My Life for You' could be described as commercial prog metal, something akin to Dionysus for instance. The coup de grace on this album is the epic 10 minute 'The Spirit', it's got everything really - speed, drama, melody, punctuation points and variable vocals. As with the start, the album ends with a spoken word piece 'The Way to Eternity'. As an addition, on the Japanese version of the CD, a cover of that great Talk Of The Town track 'Free Like An Eagle is included. Interesting to hear a power-metal version of something I have always entertained as an AOR signature track, and nice to see it here, no doubt courtesy of guest vocalist Thomas Vikstrom!


In Summary
This is a pretty full-on album. Combining power metal and melodic (death) metal as they call it, I prefer to label it epic power-metal. Certainly, Divinefire can hold their own with the Rhapsody's, Kamelot's and Pyramaze's of this world, and with Liljegren's involvement with other bands (Narnia and Audiovision), you can guarantee he will bring some interesting ideas into the mix. If you are into this sort of music, then you'll enjoy it. I for one would be interested to see what their next album delivers, as I feel it could be a goodie, if this debut is anything to go by!


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