Tsunamis of overseas product and wannabe American music stations are the death of many musicians. The only one that seems to have escaped the clutches of our local scene was Saron Gas but they were made to change their name to Seether (even the singer had to Americanise his name).
You may yell Trevor Rabin (Yes) but he left as an individual and never looked back. As did producers Mutt Lunge (Def Leppard, Bryan Adams) and Kevin Shirley (Iron Maiden, Dream Theater).
South Africa, for all it’s creative rock and metal diversity, seems internationally abandoned.
So bands die, some reincarnated in new form only to die again. That’s why it’s incredibly rare to find those who survived not on riches (hell, not even as a career) but on sheer passion and tenacity.
DEITY’S MUSE is that rare breed. Having shared the club and festival stage with the likes of Rise Against, Bring Me The Horizon, and Unearth, they’ve plugged on and on. With 3 albums and and 2 EPs witnessing their 16-year ‘living’ status, DEITY’S MUSE deserves attention.
On March 1, they land their first release in 6 years. They made me feel special by allowing me to download it early. It’s called Convergence. It’s mixed and mastered by Clint Vincent. He’s a producer at Vin James Music and well-known in Australia as the guitarist for Dead Letter Circus band. The cool cover design is by Chris Valentine.
Notably, there’s change.The band may still be recognisable as themselves, particularly because of their drawlishly strong vocals but the structure of many songs is different. There’s some of their previous groove metal but when you throw in alternate rock and touches of prog, they’re harder to define. All you have to do is compare my favourite tracks to get what i’m saying:
‘Satelites’ is melody driven whilst ‘I’m the Observor’ chugs powerfully. ‘Ascendence’ carries the most appropriate name not only because of its intelligence design but because it’s my standout – i’m hoping the whole next album heads in that direction -> convergence -> ascendance -> Evolved (i’m one of those ‘kind’ reviewers who chooses album names – he he).
Overall, they’re not as heavy as before but the main difference is patience. Convergence is more a journey and a mood than instant gratification. It’s a sign that the band have matured, gotten wiser. It’ll please the fans that have grown up with them whilst hopefully reaching a new market that’s reflectively album driven as opposed to junkies on singles.
The band are:
Wayne Boucher (vocals/guitar)
Sashan Pillay (drums)
Alvin Boucher (bass/backing vocals)
Yokim Pillay (guitar)
Make your weekend a louder one by discovering DEITY’S MUSE. Listen to some of their kickarse music below and sign-up to their newsletter at www.DeitysMuse.com. You can also find them on Facebook, YouTube and Bandcamp. Dig into more of their music on this website – The Eyes Don’t See What the Heart Bleeds and New Trends in Slavery.