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DIVINA ENEMA

Experimental/Post Metal • Belarus


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DIVINA ENEMA is a Belarus progressive/ avant garde metal act was formed in February 1998 by Yaroslav A. Burakoff (voices and lyrics) and Tikhon S. Zolotov (bass guitar). The duo wanted to make progressive heavy metal music with theatrical extravaganza. DIVINA ENEMA released their self-produced debut full-length studio album "To Wight Shall Never Shine" in 1999 with the help of session musicians. Drummer Alexey S. Zolotov, keyboard player Timofey V. Kasperovich guitarist Boyan Yovchev joined DIVINA ENEMA in late 1999. Boyan Yovchev tragically died in the beginning of 2000 and as DIVINA ENEMA was in the process of writing and recording their second full-length studio album "At The Conclave", Tikhon S. Zolotov had to record both bass and guitars for the album. "At The Conclave" was released in 2000. The album includes classically trained guest musicians on violin, cello and tenor saxophone. In 2000 new guitarist Alexander Kaleinick joined DIVINA ENEMA. In the meantime keyboard player Timofey V. Kasperovich left the band. DIVINA ENEMA released their third full-length studio album "Under Phoenix Phenomenon" in 2003. Before that guitarist Alexander Kaleinick left the band again. The band has since then added two guitarists to the lineup Artiom Athrashevski and Alexander Savenok making DIVINA ENEMA a five-piece. In 2005 DIVINA ENEMA signed a deal with the Italian label Code666 but no new album has appeared yet.

DIVINA ENEMA play a highly innovative and unique form of theatrical progressive/ avant garde metal. Their inclusion in the Prog Archives database was approved by the Progressive Metal Team.

( Biography written by UMUR)

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3.83 | 6 ratings
To Wight Shall Never Shine
1999
3.37 | 8 ratings
At The Conclave
2000
3.86 | 7 ratings
Under Phoenix Phenomenon
2003

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Impyre Concord
2001

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3.37 | 8 ratings

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At The Conclave
Divina Enema Experimental/Post Metal

Review by UMUR
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3 stars "At the Conclave" is the debut full-length studio album by Belarus, Minsk based avant garde/progressive metal act Divina Enema. The album was released through the Canadian label Great White North Records (or rather through subdivisions of the label) in 2000. Divina Enema was formed by lead vocalist Yaroslav A. Burakoff in 1998.

Stylistically the material on the 6 track, 46:28 minutes long album is a very eclectic type of metal. Avant garde/progressive metal probably isn't the worst description of the music, but of course such a description should be explained a bit more in detail. It's overall a highly theatrical form of music with elements from goth, black, death, progressive, and symphonic metal. In addition to guitars, bass, drums, and vocals, the instrumentation also includes piano/keyboards, violin, cello, and tenor-sax. Lead vocalist Yaroslav A. Burakoff has a varied vocal arsenal to say the least. He often sings in a high pitched voice, which is quite similar in style to the high pitched singing by King Diamond, but he also uses a deeper goth type vocal style, and both death metal growling and black metal screaming. His phrasing is theatrical/paatos filled and his vocals are probably what you'd call an aquired taste. But no one can take away from him, that he is an incredibly skilled singer.

The rest of the band are well playing too. The tracks are all relatively long and go through many transitions/structural changes and even after many spins they can be a bit hard to tell apart. "At the Conclave" feels a lot like listening to one long track with many different sections and changes. And it is in the songwriting department where I think Divina Enema lacks a bit. They are obviously skilled composers, but I don't think the music is particularly memorable. The fact that the sound production isn't the most powerful either (the drums feature an odd tone, and the guitars lack punch) isn't helping the album either. So upon conclusion "At the Conclave" is what I'd characterize as an interesting album, but not a great album. Still there are enough quality here to warrant a 3 star (60%) rating.

(Originally posted on Metal Music Archives)

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