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DIVISION BY ZERO

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DIVISION BY ZERO is a Polish progressive metal band that formed of the ashes of various projects previous to the band with the purpose of making music a part of their lives.The band was originally formed by Mariusz Pretkiewicz (drums), Michal Wieczorek (bass), Leszek Trela (guitars), and Patryk Kumor (keys).

In the beginning they had started out as an instrumental band because they had difficulty finding a vocalist that would fit into their sound. Around this time the band released their first promo EP entitled "Code of Soul". In February of 2005 after 2 years of searching, they had found their vocalist: S³awek Wierny. By the time all the pieces where put together the band released their second EP entitled "Out of Body Experience".Their EP was well received in different corners of the world garnering many good reviews.In November of 2006 the band signed a deal with Insanity Records.In the meantime Patryk Kumor left the band for different reasons and was later replaced by Robert Gajgier."Tyranny of Therapy" became their first full length released on April of 2007 through their record label.

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Tyranny of Therapy, studio album (2007)
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Insanity / Nightmare 2007
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Boulderdash/Ball Blazer [Vinyl]Boulderdash/Ball Blazer [Vinyl]
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Eskimo 2007
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4.02 | 19 ratings
Tyranny of Therapy
2007
3.57 | 39 ratings
Independent Harmony
2010

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3.67 | 3 ratings
Code Of Soul
2004
4.00 | 1 ratings
Out Of Body Experience
2005

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 Independent Harmony by DIVISION BY ZERO album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.57 | 39 ratings

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Independent Harmony
Division By Zero Progressive Metal

Review by Bonnek
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

3 stars I had high expectations for Division By Zero's second album. Their debut was an exceptionally strong progressive metal album with influences ranging from Opeth and Riverside to Faith No More and Evergrey. The only thing missing to make a masterpiece from it would be a little more maturity and more personal style.

Now, when it comes to that Independent Harmony is a failure. Instead of developing the elements that made them stand out above the pack, they removed them! Gone are the attractive Faith No More influences in the vocals, gone are most of the Gothic elements that made them challenge Evergrey at being the darkest power metal band. All that is left is a formulaic product that seems to come from a metal assembly line: featuring the required powerhouse sound, the expected gruff and emo vocals, the technical riff galore and rollercoaster tempos.

The songs are ok but there's little that makes them noteworthy, and a lot that makes them routine and commercial. So I have to agree entirely with Snobb before me. Good product but faceless, and at least one star less then the marvellous debut.

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 Independent Harmony by DIVISION BY ZERO album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.57 | 39 ratings

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Independent Harmony
Division By Zero Progressive Metal

Review by snobb
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3 stars During last decade Poland became a home for the best world-class heavy rock bands, as Riverside or Indukti. So, I am just trying to check all possible new heavy/prog metal releases from this country, happily I need just one and half hour for gettin' there by car.

It is my first Division By Zero album, so I can't compare it with their other works. After very first album's song I was seriously worried - competent heavy metal, with some progressivity elements, great vocals ( a little bit a-la Bruce Dickinson), growling, but nothing original at all. One more quality clone?

Then things gone better. Less boring-to-death trashing, much more melodies, dark ,even atmospheric sound. Great drumming, competent guitars. Really better than average vocals.

For sure, they are not on the league of Riverside, but borrowed very melodic sound from former. Not too many elements of progressivity, but very competent sound for classic prog metal fans.

After few decades of my active interest to heavy metal/heavy prog music I became a bad critic of this genre - myriads of clones can kill everyone's interest to that music. So - I really like this music if there is something new in every new album and the music is played by excellent musicians. Unhappily such situation is extremely rare nowadays.

Division By Zero's new album is no exception. Some power metal influences and gothic-bombastic sound really didn't make their music better. So, a bit better than average prog metal album for me. But metalheadz could easily add one more star to evaluation.

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 Independent Harmony by DIVISION BY ZERO album cover Studio Album, 2010
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Division By Zero Progressive Metal

Review by mistermasyl

5 stars In Poland you can find many great progressive bands (Riverside, Indukti, Qudiam, Satellie or Votum). Division By Zero is from Poland too and it's one of my favourite progressive metal band. I've enjoed his first album "Tyranny of Therapy" so I was disappointed to wait for second album 3 yeras but... it was worth it!

1. Ignition - nice intro, "door" to the album

2. Independent Harmony - in my opinion the best DbZ's song in history. On the beginning you can hear great guitar riffs but after... Suddenly we have only piano with scary, acute growl "Chaos will come!". Such a great song! The best on the album - very climatic!

3. Wake Me Up - there are some sober moments, there are some heavy moments (death metal). Good song for the gigs.

4. Glass Face - great lyrics, beautiful, emotional solo about 5:10

5. Not for Play - for me - surprise! I've never expected that DbZ can play short, sad ballads! Song isn't very original but on the other hand "Not for Play" is dulcet.

6. Jin & Jang - nice, instrumental song, but weaker than for example Wake me Up or Glass Face, there are some experimental sounds (you can hear some Japanese inspirations)

7. Don't Ask Me - what a great song! Great lyrics, great bass line. Chorus is awesome! Is the song about the conversation between God and death.

8. Intruder - the weakest song on the album, for me: very annoying! You can find in "Intruder" some good moments but... the chorus is maddening! Lyrics are just a bit comic, singer's voice here is like in cabaret. On the background we have woman's voice - new band's idea!

Summary: if you are progressive metal fan you MUST to listen to "Independent Harmony". It's solid, progressive metal album with some death metal influences, singer's voice is brilliant, music is very compact. One of the best strength of this LP are... drums!

Sorry for mistakes ;)

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 Tyranny of Therapy by DIVISION BY ZERO album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.02 | 19 ratings

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Tyranny of Therapy
Division By Zero Progressive Metal

Review by Bonnek
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

4 stars Don't judge a book by its cover.

Welcome to one of the best debuts of 2007. Division By Zero is an obscure progressive metal band from Poland that equally deserves every inch of praise that is now solely bestowed on their fellow country men from Riverside.

Before I start throwing references to other bands at you, I can assure you that this band has a very mature and personal sound. They have accomplished the task to assimilate their influences very well indeed. If you have read any reviews about them, you will have seen names like Opeth, Pain of Salvation and Riverside. All of those are true.

From Riverside they got the feel for melody, the clean sound and the emotive melancholy. From POS and Opeth in particular, they got the ambitious song structures with alternating gruff and clean vocals. Of course, every metal band does that now and it has become as annoying as it is predictable and worn-out. With Division By Zero it works very well though. The singer's gruff voice is very similar to Akerfelt's low register and only used sparingly. The prominent clean vocals are exceptionally strong and have a huge Mike Patton calibre.

Yes indeed, I need to add another reference here. And to me it's the most obvious reference of all: Faith No More. Let's take the 6th track Deadline Meeting as an example, right from the start it screams "Real Thing" Faith No More at you: the dead-catchy thrash metal riffs, the epic keyboards in the background, the adventurous song structures and, as I've come to mention, especially Slawek Wierny's exceptional vocals. Just listen, 2 minutes into the song, how he bends his voice around the metal riffs. You can't get more Patton then that.

To conclude the list of influences I must add that Division By Zero throws in occasional touches of gothic rock to their Faith No More meets Opeth stew. The dark feel of the album brings Evergrey to mind, and given the spooky short spoken interludes, especially the album In Search Of Truth.

I know I may be a bit biased (in the positive sense) to this mix of heartfelt progressive metal with a slightly gothic flavour, so a big 4 stars will be their share. If you are into the 4 bands in bold here, chances are big that Division By Zero might be a band for you.

I so much hope they can confirm and break through to wider audiences with a next album. Let's also hope they find a more inspired album cover artist. I think we've seen this artwork at least a dozen times before. And it doesn't fit the music at all.

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 Tyranny of Therapy by DIVISION BY ZERO album cover Studio Album, 2007
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Tyranny of Therapy
Division By Zero Progressive Metal

Review by Pablo_P

4 stars Put the man on the glass and break the glass

Tyranny of Therapy is the debut LP from the polish prog metal act DIVISION BY ZERO. Music on this album is rather intense and agressive and may be labelled as progressive death metal. There are some influences of bands like Opeth, Pain Of Salvation or Riverside but there's also a touch of original style of Division By Zero.

Tyranny Of Therapy is a concept album with indeed a twisted story. It reflects mental state of a man in extremely helpless situation. He spends a night on self-contemplation. Lyrics written by band's vocalist Sławek Wierny have intellectual depth, there are many ambiguous symbols which makes interpretation very difficult. Album is divided into three parts, represented by intro and two interludes (Evening - Night - Morning).

Album contains 40 minutes of dark, intense progressive metal on a very high quality level. In my opinion there are two outstanding tracks: Self Control (what a riff! Just imagine what must happen on DBZ concerts when they play this track...) and True Peak but the other tracks are also very good. Sławek Wierny is a fantastic vocalist, he can easily sing clear and use death metal growlings, his voice timbre may resemble Mariusz Duda's vocals. Other musicians are also very good, particularly the keyboard player does his job in his own, great way. There are many memorable melodies, great riffs and it's highly recommended to the fans of progressive metal.

Great, intense album. 4.5 stars.

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