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Divinitus: Rising From The Ashes (EP)
Progressive/Heavy Metal
Rating: 4.0/5.0

Divinitus' Arising From The Ashes' arrived in my mailbox several weeks ago from Querétaro, Mexico. Apparently, there is a consistent and growing metal base south of my border. Divinitus delivers melodic progressive metal significantly under girded by brilliant keyboards and stylish guitar work. 'Arising From The Ashes' is their first work, an EP of only four tracks, which debuted in 2007. But in these four tracks, Divinitus delivers exciting and innovative prog metal; actually, more than I expected. This is an outstanding first effort from a young band.

As I said before, the most impressive elements tracing through all the songs is the keyboard work of Victorino Perez and the fundamental fret work of Jaime Ponce. On every song, they both shine with acumen and passion. I had only four songs to choose from (and all are very good), but the best of the best are 'Celestial War' and 'Infernal Blood.' Both songs display the best of the principal musicians as well as the whole band. If there is a flaw, then it is when they try to mix dirty vocals into the arrangements. As always, we can all do without this.

Divinitus' 'Arising From The Ashes' was an unexpected delight. It has solid compositions filled with strong keyboard and fantastic fret work. Divinitus needs to expand their horizons: deliver an full-length album and get signed by a major label. This band has the talent and creativity to go far. Highly recommended.

In Short

Mexico's Divinitus delivers exceptional progressive metal with a strong keyboard foundation enhanced by fine fret work. 'Arising From The Ashes' displays exceptional talent and innovative composition. We need to hear more.

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