Almost ten years ago Fear Factory was one of the leading metalbands in the metalscene when they released their Obsolete album. Several years later the band split up to eventually rejoin without Dino Cazares. After several bands he has just released the debut album Bleed The Fifth with Divine Heresy. With Tim Yeung (ex-Hate Eternal, Vital Remains) on drums and Tommy Vext on vocals.
It takes about 5 seconds to realize that Divine Heresy is something special. During the first song 'Bleed The Fifth' I know what the last albums of Fear Factory were missing. The intensity of Dino's riffs. No offense Christian, you're doing a great job keeping Fear Factory alive but you're not even near Dino's work. This feeling gets even better during the second song, 'Failed Creation'. Which has several great parts in it that easily could have been on Demanufacture or Obsolete.
Halfway the album I'm already in a euphoric state. Not only did Dino Cazares forms a band that plays great but they also created an album that launched themselves along the great names of metal. With intense brutal riffs and great fucking fast drum work they dropped my jaw to the floor. It's been a long time that a debut album blew me away like this. On the other hand that isn't strange considering Dino Cazares has brought along the worlds fastest drummer. At least in 2006 because Tim Yeung won the contest that year.
As for the new guy, Tommy Vext, it's almost impossible to stand tall during the songs with all that brutal power, but he does manage to do so and delivers one hell of a job on this album. Add to this the production of Logan Mader and Lucas Banker. They gave this album the crystal clear production that was needed to become the monster it is right now.
So in the end you have an album that blasts you away from the beginning till the end with great songs that rise above the average metal albums nowadays. A debut album that will make many bands scratch behind their ears if it's useful to continue with what they're doing. Forget Fear Factory here is Divine Heresy!
2. Failed Creation
3. This Threat Is Real
4. Impossible Is Nothing
5. Savior Self
6. Rise Of The Scorned
7. False Gospel
8. Soul Decoded (Now And Forever)
9. Royal Blood Heresy
Dino Cazares - Guitar&Bass
Tim Yeung - Drums