Release House: SmokeDogg Productions
Genre: Industrial Metal
One Sentence Synopsis: Follow-up to last year’s Between Unholy and Divine Vol. 1
Series: Between Unholy and Divine
Release Date: June 16, 2023
Estimated Length: 30 minutes
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Reviewed by: Reverend Leviathan
Final Score: 4.5 Moons (out of 5)
Hitting the scene in ’93, Klank began as a solo project of Darren Diolosa. That changed about four years later following live performances, and Pat Servedio joined the project as a full-time member. Between Unholy and Divine Vol. 2 is the band’s 8th studio album and the long awaited follow-up to Vol. 1 that was released last year, which I would also recommend!
Between Unholy and Divine Vol. 2 like its predecessor discusses mental health, hot topics and, just like the opening song says, the “Human Condition.” Listening to the lyrics you just can’t help but think to yourself, “Man, he’s gone through hell and back.” Especially with songs like “Never Thought” and “Like a Shot.” As a person who has struggled with anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts I really connected with the songs dealing with the darker side of mental health. “Sometimes I Feel” is my favorite from the album. It ends on the solid track “State of the World,” a commentary on the direction that humankind is going. But not before being smacked in the face by “Lost Community.” Both of those tracks stood out musically for me.
I knew if this was anything like Vol. 1 that I would be in for a treat. Darren’s emotions came out strong in these lyrics, and his vocals are very versatile on this album. Singing, screaming, growling; he’s got it all down! And this is the type of industrial metal where you get lost in the production. The guitars and programming done by Pat and Darren, particularly during a few of the bridges had awesome harmonies. The percussion hits so hard too, especially in “Lost Community.” By far one of the best industrial metal albums I’ve heard this year.
I would encourage fans of Circle of Dust, Prong, Ministry, and other industrial metal acts to check out this release. Metal heads and rivet heads alike would enjoy!
Once again Klank adds a favorite to my catalogue! Betweeen Unholy and Divine Vol. 2has me praying that they’ll decide to do a Vol. 3!
Theme: 4.5 Moons (out of 5.0)
Presentation: 4.5 Moons (out of 5.0)
Audience Fit: 5.0 Moons (out of 5.0)
Final Score (not an average): 4.5 Moons (out of 5.0)