On Awaken The Rise and Fall, former Missoulians Your Divine Tragedy push six tracks of progressive hard rock and melodic metalcore that should have any Hot Topic-clad teen or 20-something swooning in their combat boots. In fact, it wouldn’t be surprising to hear songs like “Left for Dead” or “Suicide King” played on most major alternative rock radio stations.
But therein lies the problem. While it’s evident this foursome has the chops to successfully rock out, this release oftentimes sounds so musically generic that it’s hard to pick them out from a pack of similar artists. They’re no different from Avenged Sevenfold or Bullet for My Valentine.
Still, what saves this album from a short shelf life is the band’s use of irregular time signatures, as well as the quality of mixing and mastering on each track. Vocalist Todd Archambeault proves himself to be a deft lyricist, tackling topics like substance abuse and failed relationships, among others.
Perhaps next time around the band could embrace their odd song structures, creating a sound more fully their own.
Your Divine Tragedy plays The Other Side Tuesday, May 5, at 9 PM with Trust Company and Eliptikys. $12/$10 advance.