Coupling black metal influences with death metal and some hardcore for extra spine stomping measure is Sentient Divide and up from the swirling abyss with them comes their nine track self titled release. Hailing from Spokane, Washington, these heathens provide you with a flesh tearing and completely damning and haunting sound that you won’t soon be able to shake. Once you press play on this record it digs its meaty claws right into you never letting you go even for a brief moment. There are only brief moments of reprieve from the sonic wall of pure madness and chaos and they come right at the very beginning of the record and at the end. Other than that you are subjected to nothing but a pure and devastating onslaught of death tinged black metal that aims to melt your soul.
Armed with poison filled riffs, bone shaking bass lines and blasting drums you are provided with non stop torment in blasphemous proportions. With banshee shrieked vocals that pierce your ears like no other added to the mix, this self titled release is a chaotic maelstrom of death and disease. There is no escaping the onslaught once you begin listening as the only option that you have/get is to sit there and take all of the punishment that these heathens dish out.
Each track on this release save for Precipice and Sentient Divide are for the most part an all out aural assault, but not entirely. Sentient Divide does a great job of shifting and changing tempos quite often providing you not only with a head caving and blasting sound but they also provide you with a slower more stalking tempo. While tempos tend to change all throughout this release, the atmosphere certainly does not. Throughout this self titled record you are provided with a haunting and dismal atmosphere that follows you throughout the entire release as it tends to hang on you and drag you asunder in the sinister and abysmal depths.
With the swarming musicianship coupled with blood thirsty vocals that is only to be supplemented by the detrimental atmospheres, you are only to be gifted with an intense and flesh ripping listen. This self titled release-and debut full length-is something to behold as it is monstrous and purely unforgiving. For this being Sentient Divide’s debut full length they certainly deliver and more. This self titled debut is an impressive piece of work that will surely please the deformed ears of many metal fiends.