11 Songs, 33 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s a sonic grandeur to Darkness Divided’s debut album that lifts its contents beyond its pervasive mood of mayhem. Anyone seeking the crushing breakdowns and harsh/clean vocal dynamics that metalcore fans crave will find them here in abundance. What this San Antonio quartet offers behind these familiar elements is outstanding lead guitar work (courtesy of Christopher Mora) and lyrics with a fresh take on Christian themes. There’s finesse as well as brutality at work here, heard in the whiplash-inducing tempo shifts of “The Will of Man” and the soundtrack-like string backdrop of “Severance.” Gerald Mora is capable of unleashing horrific howls and snarls as well as delivering song choruses with melodic grace. Christ’s redemptive sacrifice is Written in Blood's overriding focus, portrayed with desperate intensity in “The Hands That Bled,” “Remnants,” and similar tunes. “Withering Kingdom” rips into mankind’s sinful nature with raw fury, while “Divine Mercy” appeals to God amid pummeling beats and grinding riffage.

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s a sonic grandeur to Darkness Divided’s debut album that lifts its contents beyond its pervasive mood of mayhem. Anyone seeking the crushing breakdowns and harsh/clean vocal dynamics that metalcore fans crave will find them here in abundance. What this San Antonio quartet offers behind these familiar elements is outstanding lead guitar work (courtesy of Christopher Mora) and lyrics with a fresh take on Christian themes. There’s finesse as well as brutality at work here, heard in the whiplash-inducing tempo shifts of “The Will of Man” and the soundtrack-like string backdrop of “Severance.” Gerald Mora is capable of unleashing horrific howls and snarls as well as delivering song choruses with melodic grace. Christ’s redemptive sacrifice is Written in Blood's overriding focus, portrayed with desperate intensity in “The Hands That Bled,” “Remnants,” and similar tunes. “Withering Kingdom” rips into mankind’s sinful nature with raw fury, while “Divine Mercy” appeals to God amid pummeling beats and grinding riffage.

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