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Review: DivahaR - Divarise

Label: Sleaszy Rider Records
Year released: 2014
Duration: 43:54
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 2.75/5

Review online: April 9, 2023
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 3/5 (60%) (3 Votes)

I’ve been reading a book called Furie arménienne ("Armenian Fury") about the Armenian metal scene and checking out some of the bands mentioned in it. DivahaR is from the chapter about all-female bands and they play symphonic black metal. They’ve been around since 2009, but this is apparently their only release.

Divarise is decent, but that’s about it. You get the expected keyboards that go with the subgenre, though I find they’re somewhat muted at times and, when they’re not, are not particularly original. The raspy vocals are OK even though they sound a bit forced at times. I don’t know if there’s a guest male vocalist, but some of them definitely sound delivered by a man. The music is mostly melodic, with some more aggressive and harsh parts. Overall, it comes off a little amateurish and hints at them needing to hone their skills, but despite that I found it kind of charming, in a way. It’s not rawness or anything like that, but just sometimes sounding a little off, sometimes kind of pedestrian. In the symphonic black metal subgenre, expectations go beyond that.

DivahaR can distinguish themselves in the relatively small Armenian metal scene, but outside of that there really isn’t anything on Divarise to set them apart them from the sea of black metal bands out there. While this is pretty basic stuff, it’s not like there’s anything horrible here and it’s quite listenable. This works more as a curiosity than anything else. It’s been 9 years since this was released and I’d be curious to hear how they’ve evolved since then as it does look like the band is still active.

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