"Vengeful and Obstinate" (Ibex Moon; 2010)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

After a long hiatus, Divine Eve, originating in the early 1990s, has been brought back to life in the late ‘00s and early ‘10s.

Divine Eve exploits traditional death metal by tempering the maelstrom with doom-styled passages along with expertly executed mid-paced material that results in a catchy concoction. Some of the doom sections are a bit plodding in a heavy-handed, clumsy way – but not in an unlistenable manner.

“Grievous Ascendance” is the best of the four tracks as it varies quite a bit throughout. “The Ravages of Heathen Men” tackles more traditional doom passages while “Whispers of Fire” goes for the jugular with a more aggressive approach. The band’s old school doom/death style is easy on the ears no doubt helped by the solid production that has resulted in clear, powerful recordings.

“Vengeful and Obstinate,” a teaser EP, is a prelude to the band's full-length debut – keep an eye on Ibex Moon’s label website for more information.

“Vengeful and Obstinate” was produced by Divine Eve and engineered by Scott Cooksey.

Divine Eve is Michael Sleavin on rhythm guitar and vocals, Xan Hammack on rhythm/lead Guitar and vocals, Tyson Lueck on bass and backing vocals, and Matt Killen on drums and backing vocals.

For more information visit http://www.myspace.com/divineeve2008.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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