Job : Divine Realm hails from Canada and plays instrumental prog metal with strong focuses on lead guitars and solos. After a relatively positive release of their debut full-length ‘Tectum Argenti’ in 2016, Friday March 2nd will see the release of their new EP called ‘Nordicity’. Petrucci-inspired licks over modern progmetal(core) that reminds a zealous listener of Native Construct, Between the Buried and Me, Haunted Shores and most of all the underrated Artificial Language that I had the privilege of reviewing last year. As a matter of fact, ‘Whitewater’ could’ve easily come off of their debut from April 2017.
The musicianship on this album is nothing short of stellar and it’s the focal point for the album – everything’s written with focus and gets to the point. However, the band’s choice to have lead guitars take center stage and build everything around that make it so that I’ve often felt like I was listening to a solo record from the lead guitarist rather than a band effort. As if I’m listening to the solo parts of a Dream Theater record; great on their own but quite insubstantial without any context. Hardly ever do the rhythm guitars get any room to develop interesting riffs and that’s why I can only really recommend this album to devout fellow lead guitarists looking for something bite-size to satiate their hunger for licks.