Animals As Leaders, Steve Vai, Tony MacAlpine
Fans of progressive instrumental metal welcome Divine Realm and their latest album Tectum Argenti. Hailing from Canada, Devine Realm was founded by lead guitarist Leo Diensthuber in 2010. The debut EP by Divine Realm titled Mor[t]ality was a solo effort of Leo and showcased his technical proficiency and progressive style. 2014 saw the release of Abyssal Light, which included the addition of Marc Roy on guitar and recording engineer, producer Tyler Brayton on bass, these additions took their progressive metal style a step further.
Hot off the press with their third release Tectum Argenti, Divine Realm has shown more maturity and have progressed their sound even more. The first thing we noticed was the production is cleaner which really benefits this style of metal. Like most instrumental metal albums, many of the tracks sound similar to one another. The track lengths are perfect as nothing runs over 5 minutes, so they never drag on with boredom or are too short to really get into. It’s virtually impossible to break down each track, as the music travels at the speed of light through many avenues of progressive metal. If you love the modern style of Animals As Leaders, yet yearn for the classic metal virtuoso of guitarists like Steve Vai or Tony MacAlpine than this is for you.
While the guitars take center stage on the album, the bass work doesn’t get lost, it grounds the album and provides some steadiness. The drums of Josh Ingram are very powerful and efficient, the foot pedal work is great, he really keeps pace with the steadfast guitars. Two of the standout tracks are “Tectum Argenti“ and “Ab Aeterno,” where the rhythm at times is able to breath and give off a triumphant feeling.
Divine Realm is starting to make waves in the progressive metal world, it will be interesting to see where Tectum Argenti takes them. This album will definitely fill that void when you want something fresh in this genre, so head over to their Bandcamp page and let this one rip through your speakers. - 2/23/2016
1. Tritos 03:44
2. Cloak and Dagger 4:44
3. Inherit the Earth 4:00
4. Tectum Argenti 4:34
5. Glass Empire 4:08
6. Ab Aeterno
7. Metaphor of the Sun
Leo Diensthuber - Guitar
Marc Roy - Guitar
Tyler Brayton - Bass, recording engineer, producer
Josh Ingram - Drums
Standout Tracks: Tectum Argenti, Ab Aeterno