The Divergent is one of the rising prospects from Finland who has been on my radar since 2019 with their single “Neuroplasticity.” Their long-awaited new EP, “Close Your Eyes and Perish,” was my priority this Sunday morning, and I’m glad to say I wasn’t wrong about them from the beginning.
The album stands out for two main reasons: the vocal performances and the freshness of their musical foundation. First of all, I believe that this band distinguishes themselves from their contemporaries with their impressive vocalist, who can seamlessly transition between death growls, clean, and melodic singing, remarkably reflecting the necessary vibe and contributing to the musical depth depending on the atmosphere of the section. Also, he’s got the vocal range to add many different dimensions to the band’s music, whereas Close Your Eyes and Perish has brilliantly captured his best performances.
From a musical standpoint, the album mainly incorporates direct influences from modern metalcore, contemporary death, and progressive metal. After discovering them in 2019, they stayed in my memory with their Scandinavian vibes in their musical style and their expertise in progressive death metal. With this EP release, I can see that they’ve also explored the world of modern metalcore as familiar to us from bands such as The Architects, blending it with contemporary death metal reminiscent of In Flames. Nevertheless, the album offers a fresh take on their interpretation of these influences of chaotic heavy music, accompanied by dark Scandinavian vibes, an intense climate, breakdowns, melodic resolutions, and remarkable vocals that take everything to the next level. The Divergent has refreshed my memory and once again convinced me of their potential on my very first listen.