Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Defunct Local Band Profile Series: Divinity Collapsed

As promised, we'll kick off a busy stretch at the SMS with our latest Defunct Local Band Profile, our ninth in eight months! Much like last month's Nite Wulfe profile, we're looking at a Sault Ontario based rock project that we don't know much about, but had music to share on their available pages! Maybe you guys can fill in some blanks, but here's what I know, what you should know, and some thoughts on this latest defunct band in this series! As always, this band was randomly selected from our extensive band links on the SMS, with no bias for activity, prominence, talent, or genre. So, let's begin this month's profile! (Edited on August 21st, 2013)
Divinity Collapsed

Genre: Drum & Bass

Hometown: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario


Joshua Culbert, all instruments/programming

Audio/Video: Divinity Collapsed posted four original songs onto their MySpace page, all experimental instrumental rock songs, and as stated above, all are likely solo efforts. The four songs are entitled "Angel Wingz Bleed", "Dark Course", "Midnight Train To Nowhere", and "Late Nite Thinking", and can all be streamed on their MySpace page linked above. For convenience and archival's sake, I've also ripped each song from MySpace and posted them all onto The Sault Metal Scene's YouTube channel, so click the above song titles to check them out on there! I'll embed one of the songs here, so check out "Angel Wingz Bleed"!

Info/Analysis:  Little was known on Divinity Collapsed during their run (roughly from December 2006 to October 2007), with the only identification of their identity coming from filtered photos on MySpace, and no other online pages existing. Last month, I learned that this project was created and ran by local musician Joshua Culbert, who intentionally went incognito for it, and he recorded the tracks during his senior year of high school using Apple's GarageBand software. Musically, Divinity Collapsed employed a more experimental take on hard rock than we usually see, which isn't a bad thing! "Angel Wingz Bleed" is a melodic experimental hard rock song, "Dark Course" is a softer number with some unique touches. "Midnight Train To Nowhere" is a short techno inspired song, and "Late Nite Thinking" mixes a sort of classic rock feel with electronic beats. Interesting mix of styles, overall, and sort of similar to Candle Hour too. A few of the songs do get repetitive, particularly "Angel Wingz Bleed", which should have been slashed in half. I really like the bass though, and Joshua effectively combined hard rock with electronic samples and techniques, creating a sound we don't see a lot of locally! The "drum & bass" genre listed isn't really accurate though, as there's definitely more rock here than that genre usually has. Good stuff, though vocals, less repitition, and some refinement would help a lot to put this unique material over the edge.
I hope you guys enjoyed this month's defunct local metal profile! Next month, we return to Sault Michigan for another profile of a band across the river, but which one? The band I randomly selected is the defunct comedy metal project The Grape Slushies, and I'll just say, random is right about this band! They won't be everyone's cup of tea, but you might get a laugh or two! Watch out for that, our tenth profile, in mid-March!

That's all for today, but I should have a new news post later tonight, and yes, the feature posts continue tomorrow with our Saultites In Out Of Town Bands Profile on Maximum RNR! And yes, our CD review on Bad Side's "...Bad Things Come In Threes" is still scheduled for Friday, so stay tuned for all of that, plus our new poll and weekend concert previews very soon! Thanks everyone!

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