PALE DIVINE - Consequence Of Time (12" Gatefold LP on Black Vinyl)
United States | Traditional Doom
Recorded in late 2019/early 2020 with producer Richard Whittaker, Consequence of Time bears the mark of a band leveraging its wide array of influences for an album that goes beyond what fans may expect from Pale Divine. While elements of the band's essential back catalog remain in place on cuts like opener "Tyrants & Pawns" and the title track, it is the freeflowing guitar melody barrage on "Satan in Starlight," the early progressive rock/metal lurch of "Broken Martyr" and the mystical wanderings of "Phantasmagoria" that immediately separates Consequence of Time from previous Pale Divine albums. Not only is there a greater emphasis guitar interplay, Ortt's vocals emerge as the perfect complement to Diener's soulful mid-range, coming to a head on the spiraling closing track, "Saints of Fire." The cover artwork for Consequence of Time was created by artist Brian Tutlo and is the perfect visual accompaniment to an album that, while not conceptual, describes the evolution of the band: Everything changes as a consequence of time. Pale Divine has aged beautifully the last 25 years.