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Divine Souls - The Bitter Selfcaged Man (7/10) - Sweden - 2002

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Scarlet Records
Playing time: 38:21
Band homepage: Divine Souls

Tracklist:

  1. Empty Words
  2. Simply Shattered
  3. Silhouette
  4. Bitter Selfcaged Man
  5. Grief
  6. Bleed
  7. When Life Slips Away
  8. Divided
  9. Lat Reason In Sin
  10. Elysian Emerald
Divine Souls - The Bitter Selfcaged Man
I still remember DIVINE SOULS as an IN FLAMES-copy. The debut "Embodiment" had been quite good, but not more. There are so many acts that play this style and do that so much better. Why Scarlet Records have so many bands of this colour under contract, I do not know.

The second long-player shows one thing very clearly: The IN FLAMES-comparison still is there, a bit more mature. Ok, compared to the current IN FLAMES-album "Reroute To Remain" DIVINE SOULS do sound completely different. They cannot reach the IN FLAMES-level even remotely. The powerful production and the two smashers "Grief" & "Last Season In Sin" won't help there. They simply lack their own touch.

But who fanatically loves this style can have his fun with "The Bitter Selfcaged Man". (Online November 5, 2002)

Ralf Henn



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