Darkness Divided: Written In Blood

San Antonio metalcore crew fail to write a new chapter

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Even though Darkness Divided are considered a metalcore act, there is far more ‘metal’ than there is ‘core’ in Written In Blood.

Not only are some of their riffs delightfully thrashy as fuck but frontman Gerard Mora has a bloodcurdling scream that would make Dani Filth wilt. That isn’t to say that they never fall into the same generic traps that have hampered many of their peers, though. The whole ‘screaming verse/clean chorus’ dynamic they use in almost every song has been done to death already, and by bands of a higher calibre. It’s a frustrating mix, because when they get their heads down and rage through a song like Eternal Thirst, Darkness Divided sound like they could be a force to be reckoned with. Unfortunately, those moments tend to be bookended by something totally unremarkable, like the aimless Withering Kingdom. This being their debut album, you want to give them the benefit of the doubt; the follow-up will be the acid test. Twenty-first-century metal torchbearers or a bunch of ‘core’ chancers? The jury is still out.

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Stephen Hill

Since blagging his way onto the Hammer team a decade ago, Stephen has written countless features and reviews for the magazine, usually specialising in punk, hardcore and 90s metal, and still holds out the faint hope of one day getting his beloved U2 into the pages of the mag. He also regularly spouts his opinions on the Metal Hammer Podcast.