Games Meet Metal: System Divide's The Concious Sedation: Another Disturbying Review

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

System Divide's The Concious Sedation: Another Disturbying Review

I'm a little late on this review but that shouldn't stop me from telling you about the debut album from System Divide. The album was released back on September 14th by Metal Blade records and I have to say that it's pretty impressive. For labeling sakes this band is an "extreme modern metal/melodic death metal band comprised of members from Israel, Belgium and the USA. One of the lead singers is Sven de Caluwé from European death metal band Aborted. System Divide was formed when Sven married Miri Milman who was the lead singer of the Israeli progressive death metal band Distored. That's about as metal as a love story can get! The rest of the band is made up of Michael Wilson on guitar, Andrew Lenthe on bass and Mike Heller on drums.

The dual vocal attack of Sven and Miri is excellent. Sven delivers a harsh, death metal scream which Miri soothes you with her siren-like voice. The music is very aggressive and is usually played at break-neck speed. However, because the spotlight is on the two singers the band doesn't get a lot of room to spread out and show off some of their talent. I listened to the album a couple of times now and I don't remember too many solos or musical interludes within the songs. This doesn't take a lot out of the songs as the vocals are very strong but hopefully the music will be allowed to sit up from with Mom and Dad on future records.

The album clocks in at 46 and-a-half minutes and it goes by really quickly. A lot of the songs sound very similar to one another and I think a lot of that has to do with Mike Heller's drumming. I mean, it's cool that you can do blast beats and all but do you have to do it on every song? Stand out songs on the record are Echoes, Hollow (one of the few songs that includes a guitar solo), and Repent/Forget.

In closing the album offers a very good listen to metal fans. The music isn't as prominent as I would have liked but the songs are just fine without a guitar solo in every tune. I haven't had a chance to listen to anything from Sven and Miri's previous bands but fans of Aborted and Distorted may want to give this album a listen for curiosity sake.

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