Released: 2010, Frontiers Records
It may sound obvious but, when reviewing a CD it is important to avoid the pitfall of prematurely judging a product. Case in point, when I was writing reviews this month this band initially got shuffled to the bottom of the pile. I judged with my eyes. The band name isn’t inspiring; too weird, not metal enough. The cover art seemed weird as well and the album title is a strange made-up word. Not a promising start for a new band trying to make a good first impression.
However, it is the music that is the critical component and a colleague advised me to check it out while giving it high praise. I’m pleased to say the music and creativity of TMOMS (Yeah, it’s also a bad acronym for a name) more than makes up for the few inconsequential shortcomings. What we have is a really emotional, engaging and multi-faceted melodic Metal album.
This brand new Swedish quintet has a surprisingly unique sound which is quite hard to capture these days. An equal blend of symphonic metal, gothic metal, laced with a hard rock song-writing sensibility makes for a very refreshing and interesting listening experience. The overall sound is sprinkled with tiny hints of industrial components and heavy keyboards. Sounds odd, and it is, but somehow it works. They keys aren’t super-smooth like label-mates House Of Lords for example but far more staccato in nature. It’s certainly not a guitar heavy album by any means.
Another strong point is the vocal work of front-woman Angelica Rylin. She is not a conventional soprano-style operatic singer, nor is she a growler, but she does have range and power. Her clear voice is expressive and her delivery is heartfelt and sincere, without being maudlin.
Most songs have some interesting arrangement but come chorus time they are quite conventional and hooky. The memorable songs and accented by great production; loud and brash, emphasizing the keyboards and symphonic components. I can’t really think of another band that sounds like this which is a strong plus. DIVANITY is a very impressive debut that will appeal to open-minded fans, looking for something new.