Divine Heresy has a lot of metalcore and deathcore elements in their sound, but also thrash, modern metal and death metal. Cazares has a distinctive guitar sound, and his riff writing is top-notch. Drummer Tim Yeung is prominently featured on Bringer Of Plagues, with double bass and blast beats high in the mix.
Travis Neal of the Swedish band The Bereaved is Divine Heresy’s new vocalist. He alternates angry yells and impassioned screams with melodic singing. The hardcore style screams are effective, delivered with emotion and conviction. It fits right in with the band’s sound. His melodic singing isn’t as strong, but he does a credible job on the ballad “Darkness Embedded,” which is almost all melodic singing.
Bringer Of Plagues is pretty similar to their debut in both style and quality. Divine Heresy didn’t lose a step by bringing in Neal, and his harsh vocals are actually a bit stronger than his predecessor’s.
(released July 28, 2009 on Century Media Records)