LIKE MOTHS TO FLAMES

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Albums -

Dark Di­vine

RISE Colum­bus, Ohio metalcore out­fit keep hold of an out­dated map Mod­ern metalcore of­ten sticks to such a rigid for­mula that it can be dif­fi­cult to see any in­no­va­tion be­neath it. That’s how Like Moths To Flames be­gin Dark Di­vine, with New Plagues – a track that does the job, but doesn’t leave you hun­gry for more. The al­bum coasts un­til the ti­tle track, where we start to hear what Chris Roet­ter is re­ally an­gry about: feeling lost, drown­ing in cyn­i­cism and not know­ing where to go. The melodies keep things afloat from here on in; Empty The Same has a cho­rus you might find your­self hum­ming later, but it’s os­ten­si­bly a break-up record, stuffed with lyri­cal clichés about let­ting go and mov­ing on. Caleb Shomo de­serves props for his pro­duc­tion, though; it man­ages to strike a bal­ance be­tween be­ing wild and raw in places, and ex­pan­sive and pol­ished where it needs to be, with­out get­ting too sug­ary. FOR FANS OF: BEARTOOTH, VANNA, BLESSTHEFALL

THEA DE GALIER

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