Divine Regale - Ocean Mind

Posted on Friday, November 05, 2010

I’m split on this album. On the one hand, it’s technical enough to make the guys in King Crimson take notice, but on the other hand, it’s technical enough for the guys in King Crimson to take notice, if you see what I mean. If you want to hear absolutely amazing playing within a classic Metal setting, then Ocean Mind is nothing short of perfection. If you want any aggression at all, or you’d like to hear some catchy songs, or worse of all if you can’t stand high pitched (and flawlessly sung, I hasten to add) vocals, then this is a zero. For me it kind of depends on my mood. And the vocals, while technically prefect, are too sterile for my tastes. If this were an instrumental album with a bit more aggressiveness (like Steve Morse Band), I could wholeheartedly recommend it, but the Rush/Queensryche influences that make them such great players probably insure that they consider this to be supremely heavy. But you couldn’t hope to hear more technically skilled musicians. As odd as it sounds, Divine Regale are both amazing and disappointing at the same time, and my rating reflects that confusion. Fans of ultra technical, lite Metal (Angra, for example) should consider this a 10. Fans of Cannibal Corpse should consider this a 3.

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