The Pitch: Ontario progressive metal band Divine Realm (endorsed by Protest The Hero) returns with a new EP. FFO: Animals As Leaders, The Human Abstract, Mendel
What I Like: Another returning act! I covered these guys back in 2016 with the excellent Tectum Argenti when I was getting a slew of instrumental progressive requests. There's not too much original to say about these guys, but don't let that take away from the fact that they are great musicians and perform at a level that is above average in the genre. If djenty prog music is your thing, you owe it to yourself to get to know Divine Realm. At only 20 minutes in length this EP may be brief, but it is simply bursting with great riffs and solid production. As with their previous material, Nordicity is engaging, emotionally evocative, and just plain fun.
Critiques: Again, not much to say here in the name of innovation. It doesn't take any major chances and remains at about the same level as what they've put out previously. If it ain't broke, don't fix it; but I would like to see a little more exploration in the future.
The Verdict: Nordicity is a must-listen EP for prog and djent fans looking for bands showing mastery over their instruments. Newcomers to the genre should consider checking out the band's influences for better reference, but if you're not really a fan of this style at all, Divine Realm aren't likely going to be the missing link.
Flight's Fav's: Revival, Hanging Valleys
-Review by FlightOfIcarus
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