REVIEW: Into The Divine - Harbinger of Entropy

Into The Divine
Harbinger of Entropy

Death Metal is a precarious genre. Its intensity and specific sound is usually a very difficult thing to change drastically, responding best to inclusions or additions in technicality then anything else. Into the Divine, with their EP 'Harbinger of Entropy', might label themselves as 'melodic' but in actuality the band does little to follow the tropes or expectations of that subgenre. Instead, you are pretty much getting the sort of underground Death Metal experience you'd receive from a late 90's mix-tape.

The entirety of Harbinger of Entropy is sort a mixed bag. I was initially disappointed and confused following some research, in which they compare themselves to less technical bands such as In Flames, Megadeth, or even... Machinehead? Really, there isn't any of that here. Its raw, almost blackened, and extremely angry. The musical backing is very akin to oldschool Cannibal Corpse tracks and even includes a lot of strange tempo changes - tonnes of technicality in the bass (much appreciated) too, which shines more then any other instrument on this album. Clearly, Into The Divine is trying to appeal to the wrong audience, even with the bands they've played with, the band really doesn't fit too in-sync with things like Battlecross or even Septic Flesh. Fact is, Into The Divine is a white-knuckle and raw Death Metal band.

Sadly, there are some issues besides obvious miss-marketing. The first two tracks of this EP are a complete and utter disaster. The music is composed well but the pairing of vocals and actual music is horrifically bad. I honestly almost gave up on the EP until I heard 'Demons I Deceive'. From there, the whole thing picks up in almost every aspect. I'm sure there are people which would highly enjoy the off-kilter rawness and sloppiness of the initial songs but as it stands I feel they are way too amateurish.

This is for those who like more extreme styled metal. Its loud and crude but it has its merits and works about halfway through the EP. A little more work on the vocal style would have helped, a lot, but its nothing so bad as to say that the album is un-listenable - its simply not as advertised.