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Review: Divine Souls - The Bitter Selfcaged Man
Divine Souls
The Bitter Selfcaged Man

Label: Scarlet Records
Year released: 2002
Tracks: 8
Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: November 11, 2002
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Readers Rating
The Bitter Selfcaged Man

Rated 4/5 (80%) (1 Vote)

When speaking of the new wave of Swedish melodic death metal, two names invariably come up. Dark Tranquility and In Flames. Now Dark Tranquility is still at the top of their game with their newest release in my opinion setting a new standard for the genre. Unfortunately In Flames hasn’t quite continued in their roles of co-leaders of the genre, which leaves a very large space to fill. If I were to put this in Football terms (American NFL Football) it would be as follows…. Where In Flames fumbled the ball Divine Souls have smacked them in the mouth, taken possession and ran it all the way back for a touchdown.

This album is filled with the aggressive Swedish death metal sound but with the melody never too far away. The songs come across as very catchy and easy to remember even after the first listen. The guitar work is absolutely awesome with the aforementioned melody lines as well as some jaw-dropping leads. What really surprised me about this album was the consistency of the album as a whole. Song after song just comes at you and demands your attention until the album comes to an end and you find yourself thinking it was over way to quickly. I can easily see this band making a very quick ascent to the upper echelons of the Melodic Death Metal genre. This album is simply that damn good.

Overall any fan of the genre will absolutely love this album and for those of you who are mourning the demise of In Flames, cheer up, Divine Souls nay make you forget all about them. Highly Recommended.

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