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Pale Divine : Thunder Perfect Mind

And the modern-day riffing doom classics just keep coming. Yes, those of us into that scene may be mourning the passing of riffing doomsters Goatsnake, but as the philosophy goes, when the Southern Lord closes one door, he opens another. Which brings us to Pale Divine. Pale Divine has been around for a number of years, but their recorded output has been limited to a tape and a couple of appearances on compilations, most notably on Underdogma's 'Judge Not' comp. They've been casting around for someone to put out their first CD, and thankfully Game Two Records had the wisdom to step up and unleash this bad boy. When you plonk down your hard-earned cash for 'Thunder Perfect Mind', you're in for more than your money's worth of old-school riffing, anthemic doom, with each song seeming more essential than the last. Guitar-meister and vocalist Greg Diener constructs massive, memorable riffs only to blow them into space with fantastic solo after solo after solo, fingers dancing over the frets like ants on amphetamines. Drummer Darin McClosky and bassist Jim Carl jam on the doom like they've just spotted the final incoming warheads and have only a minute left to play.

This is cosmic doom like no other. Touchstones include early 70s bands like May Blitz, Budgie, and the ubiquitous 'Sabbath; the NWOBHM, and more recent old-schoolers like Paul Chain, Cathedral, Internal Void, and the eternal and endlessly influential Pentagram. And speaking of Pentagram, Bobby Liebling guests on 'Dark Knight,' which he co-wrote with Pale Divine, while the band covers Pentagram's '20 Buck Spin,' with Bobby and Greg alternating vocals. If you dig any of the above bands, you owe it to yourself to check out Pale Divine, which will certainly shape up as one of this year's best.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Amplified
2. Magic Potion
3. Judas Wheel
4. Pale Divine
5. Gods, Monsters & Men
6. Dream Flower
7. Star Child
8. Devil's Mark
9. 20 Buck Spin
10. Dark Knight

Duration : Approx. 58 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kevin McHugh
No God Only Pain
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