THE DIVIDED LINE – PARAMNESIA (self released)
The first thing you’ll notice about Toronto’s The Divided Line is that their singer, Cave, sounds like a very decent in-between of Maynard James Keenan and David Draiman. There’s just enough ether in his voice to emulate Maynard, and just enough gravel in his voice to sound like Draiman. Good things, those.
I like being assigned a good prog band, because Bloodrock doesn’t get a lot of them in our list of bands to review. Prog bands are always a good palate cleanser between all the harder metal bands we listen to, and The Divided Line’s Paramnesia is no exception.
The second I punched it up and was greeted by the song “Breathe”, it was like being transported to a different state of being, which makes sense, given the band’s chosen name.
While I was always a more of a Descartes man (not to mention my namesake Thomas Hobbes), I did study Plato in college, and his theory of the divided line is a dichotomy between what we perceive and how we perceive it, and the mind’s division between the two, and then the division of the perception into different ways of feeling about what we sense. It’s an oversimplification, but you get my meaning.
This does lend a bit of clarity into The Divided Line‘s methodology as it applies to their approach in their music. Much like Tool, they’ve taken to using an unpredictable song writing style, which, if you’re into that kind of thing(I am), can be VERY enjoyable.
The song “Phylliidae” is another really good example of how the band can take you to another place. I closed my eyes, and pictured myself free falling through space. That’s not lip service, either. A band like this needs to be felt, not just heard. So I like to turn the lights down and throw on the headphones to block out the world, and this song really did its job.
Paramnesia carries with it a wonderful imagery, and a band that can do that without being pretentious about it is a band that could use a bump in status. If you’re in for the sound, you’ll enjoy this band a lot. For this, I give Paramnesia a 4 out of 5. Good work, guys!
Paramnesia drops February 23, 2018
FFO: Tool, Soundgarden
Guitar – Blair Ryan Barton
Bass – Reza Shaffaf
Drums – Luke Scott
Vocals – Cave
Written by Hobbes Caltous for Bloodrock Media, February 1, 2018