DIVINE HERESY

 


KERRANG SEPT 07
Album Review
If one of these faces looks familiar – and we’d recognise that glare anywhere – it’s because it belongs to one of metals best-loved figures, Dino Cazares of Fear Factory, Brujeria and Asisino fame. Those who thought this contribution to the world of metal ended with his departure from the ‘Factory, fear not. The king of the riff is back with new band Divine Heresy, whose debut album Bleed the Fifth couldn’t be more metal if it hung a massive V around the neck of the Eiffel Tower while gargling liquid mercury. “It’s a classic metal album,” shrugs Cazares, swiftly dispensing of modesty. “It’s very powerful, aggressive and packed with blastbeats, but melodic and emotional too. We have divine parts and heretic parts. Hence the band name”. The genesis of Cazares’ new venture stems back five years when the guitarist began writing after Fear Factory temporarily and acrimoniously split in 2002, but touring commitments to his other projects –not to mention ‘team captain’ on the Roadrunner All-Stars album- meant they remained songs without a band. “Peopled in Europe might have wondered if I’d disappeared, but I have been busy,” chuckles Cazares. “From Mexico to Chile to pretty much every Spanish speaking country out there, everywhere I have been in the past few years it was ‘Dino! Dino!’ whereas in the UK it’s probably more like ‘Dino?’.” Various line-up changes have lead Cazares to Vital Remains drummer Tim Yeung – officially the fastest stickman in the world – former Nile bassist Joe Payne and vocalist Tommy Vext, a newcomer with an almighty roar. And though their debut album is a killer, live Divine Heresy remain an unknown quantity. “So far we have played three songs live,” says the guitarist. “But I can’t wait to tour, especially in the UK to hear the crowd chanting ‘You fat bastard!’. I love that shit.”


 

TERRORIZER AUG 07
Album Review
Dino Cazares was for many the main reason why Fear Factory were such a groundbreaking band. Burton C Bell had a fine vocal range but it was those crushing riffs of Dino's that really caught the meal scene by its balls. Since his acrimonious departure from FF, Cazares has laid low and has only now put his head above the parapet with this, his latest project. Featuring the spectacular drumming of Tim Yeung (Vital Remains/Hate Eternal) and unknown screamer Tommy Vext, Divine Herest are a heavier, more hard-hitting Fear Factory with delusions of being Pantera. Vext does sound uncannily like a 'Far Beyond Driven' - era Anselmo but that aside, this is a pretty decent effort. The riffs fall like torrential rain whilst the frankly stunning drums blastbeat and double bass their their way into your spine. Okay, the songs themselves aren't the most original you'll hear this year but 'Bleed the Filth' is, for the most part, a brutal riot of savage metal. Dino, its good to have you back.
7.5/10 Nick Griffiths

 

METAL HAMMER AUG 07
Album Review
Dino Cazares, founder member of Fear Factory and creator of one of the most distinctive riff styles in recent metal history, has spent five years preparing for his comeback, and judging by the ferocity with which Divine Heresy slam into the title track of their debut album, his patience has been fully rewarded. A quintessential 21st century American metal band - with all the necessary elements required to draw in fans from across the board - Cazares' gleaming new vehicle combines breathless brutality with giant, bellow-along choruses, leading to an end result that is utterly timely but by no means overly familiar. The presence of ex-Hate Eternal drummer Tim Yeung will give this project credibility with death metal die-hards, even if there may be one too many sing-along choruses to convert them all. Yueng's druming is the key to this band's power - more so, even, than Cazares' signature machine gun riffs - as his sheer explosive power and violent blast beats ensure that even on the catchy 'Failed Creation' and closing anti-ballad 'Closure', Divine Heresy sound extreme. Vocalist Tommy Vext has pleasantly Keith Caputo-esque tone to his clean vocals, and his throat mashing bark exudes bona fide authority. Best of all, Cazares has summoned his best riffs since 'Demanufacture' and even chucks in some nosebleed-inducing solos. Its like nu-metal never happened.  All in all, the portly pioneer has hit the bull's-eye and it's going to be fascinating to see what happens next.
8/10 Dom Lawson

 

PLANET-LOUD.COM
Album Review
A few years ago, Dino Cazares was left in the wilderness when his band Fear Factory, fell apart around him. Since then, he's been out of the scene while the aforementioned band reformed, stumbled on without him and then disappeared from the scene. Cazares on the other hand has been busy putting together his new band, Divine Heresy and the results can be heard on the bands' awesome debut album, Bleed The Fifth.

Playing thundering metal with a futuristic edge, Divine Heresy are the band Dino would surely have turned Fear Factory into if they hadn't suddenly become all cyber-goth on us. Bleed The Fifth is the album Fear Factory should have made after Demanufacture. The title track is a brutal, uncompromising attack from Cazares and his new bandmates. Combining the raging fury of Strapping Young Lad with a modern, cyber-metal edge, the album continues through tracks like Failed Creation and the bulldozer of a metal song that is Rise Of The Scorned. At times frontman Tommy Vext does sound a little too like Burton C. Bell for his own good but the comparisons are going to be hanging around any band Cazares is in for a long time yet. What listening to Bleed The Fifth does show is how much Fear Factory missed Cazares and how getting shot of him was probably the nail in the coffin of their career.

On the plus side for Cazares, the quality of this album will ensure that his career will go from strength to strength as this album is not only a great starting point for his new band but also a great metal album all around. The metal scene has been missing someone with a huge presence for a long time now. Cazares, Divine Heresy and Bleed The Fifth have appeared at just the right time. Welcome back fella.


9/10 Graham Finney