The Crash Norrköping

A magic return to The Crash – the same venue for the release party of Release The Hounds back in 2010. This time with brothers in arms Last Temptation and Sarea. The Divine set list contained Love Revolution, Temple Of Love, Rush You, Let’s Go, Rain, Sweet Blood, Walking On Thin Ice, Desolation Boulevard, Drown, I Am and Blackheart.

Huge thanks to all fans and friends for love and support, Last Temptation and Sarea for friendship and F**k & Roll entertainment, The Crash and Bacchus Bakficka. And of course, here’s a video to prove we did it with a brand new song, Temple of Love.

Find photos from the event at Flickr.com

Rain – Part 3

Composing and trying out new songs for a new album contains one, sometimes overlooked, ingredience. What do your fans think about your new material and the main question is of course: is this a Violent Divine song. Scary as it is, performing new songs live and not comfortably rely on “what you know will work for the crowd” you really need to give new songs a few breaths of air on stage before deciding what songs will appear on the next album.

This is a recording of “Rain” from Bryggeriet in Motala, Sweden along with “Sweet Blood” off the Release The Hounds album. As a bonus you will also get a taste of a remake of one of the songs that never made it to the In Harm’s Way album “Walking On Thin Ice” along with a massive version of “Let Them Burn” from that very same album.

Yes, the sound quality is total crap but hey – it’s fucking exclusive!

Storåfestivalen 2012

D-day for the Divine gentlemen to show off if endless hours in rehearsal did result in a true rock band. On location at the annual Storåfestivalen in the nearby town of Söderköping, freezing as fuck and not too crowded due to the damn weather, the band proved to measure up – and beyond. And here’s the video to prove it! Yeah, shitty camera but wtf… it’s still for real!

Setlist:
One By One
Rush You
Let’s Go
Sweet Blood
Desolation Boulevard
Blackheart

And yeah, the beverage of choice for Mike Divine on stage is… coffee!
And yeah, the hair style of choice for Mike Divine is dreads!

This is the truth! This is rock and fucking roll!

Rain – Part 2

Working out what works in Violent Divine has never really been accomplished during rehearsals. Mostly such things are handled through a massive amounts of e-mails and mp3-files. At rehearsals the band more or less put the individual parts together and sort of add the current Violent Divine approach to the final song. Yeah I know it’s a bit academic but wtf… it’s 2012 and who cares about jamming or have the time and strength to put up with endless hours of making noise going nowhere in 99 times out of 100. Well I’m not saying it might not work out that way for Your band. I’m just stating that we simply don’t have the patience for it.

In that spirit, clearly explained above – this is how S.J adds the guitar solo part for Rain – in the convenience of his own bedroom, with his iPhone/iPad/iDon’tGiveAFuck or iWhatever. It allows S.J the time to get the solo exactly how he wants it – without stress or preassure from the rest of the band in the rehearsal environment.

Check out S.J and the magic to-be-guitar-solo of the song Rain. What do You think?

to be continued…

Rain – Part 1

Since hearing Barrel Of A Gun by Depeche Mode for the first time, I knew i needed to write a song like that, since I truly believe Depeche Mode to be a rock band rather than a synth band – and to me the song reminded me a lot of Black Sabbath. I think my first effort to realize this idea saw the light of day back in 1996 in the band Blueplastic – then by the title “Obedience” – playing around with lyric ideas of the stupid statement that “ignorance is bliss”. There is also a saying that a happy partner in life is a silent partner, so therefore happiness must lie in both obedience and ignorance. Yeah I know I have a twisted mind.

To hear it suck:

Anyway, some songs need to be laid on ice for a few years and in 2011 I did a total remake of both guitar riff and lyrics. This version, that is up for rehearsal with the new line-up any day now, has lyrics that concerns matters of religion, the evil of mankind, as well as the ever present topic of love and betrayal.

Enjoy a small excerpt with programmed drums and bass with Mike handling the guitars: 

To be continued…

Decisions decisions decisions

Running a band isn’t always all fun, games and glam. It’s about getting your hands dirty and sometimes to get your skinny little ass knee deep in shit. Violent Divine will be – as it always has been – a somewhat flawless rock and roll machine – delivering the goods at more than 100 % each and every time we do something. The aim to remain and improve at this level of performance and attitude towards what we do, why we do it and the way we do it, lead to some unfortunate decisionmaking.

The new Violent Divine line-up has been blessed with a really great drummer – Magnus. Unfortunately, playing 3,5 minutes pop-doom-metal songs in the end  proved that our ways of approaching music and performing songs didn’t quite end up. This is of course most unfortunate since Magnus is not only a great musician, but also a very good friend. However the decision had to be made to part ways and search for a new drummer for Violent Divine. Fortunately S.J had a friend in his band Equil – Simon- who was willing and able to take on the unholy task as heartbeater of the Divine.

Therefore, the line-up of Violent Divine is from now on Mike on vocals, S.J on lead guitar, Oscar on bass, and Simon on drums.

Maximum exposure

Right now during March 16-18 Violent Divine is promoted on The Pirate Bay front page in Sweden, Finland, Lithuania, Spain and Germany. Go to http://www.violentdivine.se to download and enjoy your free copy of the 2006 self-titled debut album. After only 2 hours, more than 1500 new rock fans have downloaded the album. This enormous exposure beats anything the band has accomplished so far in web promotion. PirateBay Rocks!

About the debut album, international press said stuff like: ”Rock and roll is back and going to be louder and more alive than ever before” and ”twelve orgasmic tracks of sex, sex and rock n fuckin roll“

Violent Divine encourage You to #share #seed #copy #distribute #spin #transmit #download #spread #pirate #promote the band wherever you are on the world wide web. Please #follow http://www.twitter.com/violentdivine and #RT !

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