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Divided Sky — Spectral
((Not on label) no#, 2002, CD)

by Jeff Melton, Published 2003-12-01

Spectral Cover art

Divided Sky is a Philadelphia based four piece progressive act that relies on heavy riffs that don’t quite fit into technical metal categorization. Phased guitar effects on “Grasp” and a crucial weird syncopated riff indicate a few musically diverse elements on the disc when compared to Gordian Knot, Enchant, or New Sun. The head of the band is vocalist Sean Crisden, who doubles as second lead guitarist and overall vibe creator; his vocal reminds me of the late Lane Staley (Alice in Chains) but with much more control. This group is unafraid to merge acoustic guitar or blatant jazz themes as on the mid-section of “Diminishing Returns,” one of the surprise parts on the album. Tracks such as “Spectral I-III” demonstrate that the group has purposeful intros and outros that present an intimate compelling imagery. “Summer by Twilight” is an airy ballad that relies on jazz chords and a blue mood for good outcome too. Plus the acoustic guitar introduction and grinding riff to “Missing Persons” recalls the best moments from Puppet Show. The group is not afraid to list video games either that creates a fan appeal association. “Images” is the longest composition on the album and although takes a while to develop, showcases the group’s control of acoustic and metal tone shaping. In summary, this is one of the best new groups coming from Pennsylvania in quite some time.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 28, 2002 releases

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