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Darker, heavier and altogether better than its predecessor.

Despite being dropped by Universal, the follow up to 2009’s ‘Against the Grain’ is darker, heavier and altogether better than its predecessor. Now basically a three piece comprised of vocalist Crispin Earl, guitarist Eric Schrader and drummer Neil Beaton it would seem that Universal Motown really didn’t know what to do with the band, with lack of sales cited as the reason that they were dropped by the label.

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Produced by Brian Howes, the hooks and choruses remain present and correct on ‘Divide the Blackened Sky’ but it’s all held together by a huge oppressive low down grunt-courtesy of Schraeder’s guitar - that crushes you with the force of an express train. Opener ‘Borderline’ pummels the senses before follow up, the magnificently heavy ‘Bitter End’, finishes you off with its bruising riffs, Crispin Earl’s distinctive vocal refrain and pay off hook. ‘Divide the Blackened’ sky certainly isn’t for the faint hearted yet songs like the full on ‘I Will Remain’, ‘Inside Our Scars’ are the equivalent of an iron fist in a velvet glove; brutal yet swathed in melody. You won’t find a single ballad on this album and although a little short at ten tracks, it’s clearly a case of quality not quantity. The marching title track, the crunching ‘Last Days of Life’ continue the trend of classy modern hard rock on an album that delivers for start to finish. Unsurprisingly you can hear Howes’ and Schraeder’s influence with certain melodies and guitar passages reminiscent of Howes’ band Closure and Schraeder’s band Forty Foot Echo. Don’t be completely fooled though because this is way heavier.

Mike Newdeck

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