After a five-year hiatus, Dino Cazares — co-founding member of the revolutionary band FEAR FACTORY — has triumphantly returned with a new group that is quickly going to force the entire genre to take notice. This new juggernaut is DIVINE HERESY, whose members feature Cazares handling guitar and bass duties, Tim Yeung (HATE ETERNAL, VITAL REMAINS) on drums and newcomer Tommy Vext on vocals. This band will redefine the true meaning of extreme with their Century Media Records debut offering, "Bleed the Fifth", which is set for an August release. (The record will be released on Century Media in North America with Roadrunner having the rights to all other territories).
Be sure to check out the band's MySpace page for additional info and snippets of the new tracks "Bleed the Fifth" and "Failed Creation", which will be posted in the coming weeks.
"Bleed the Fifth" was produced by Dirty Icon (Logan Mader [ex-MACHINE HEAD, SOULFLY] and Lucas Banker) and co-produced by DIVINE HERESY. Dirty Icon and DIVINE HERESY also handled the mixing duties. Joachim Luetke (DIMMU BORGIR, ARCH ENEMY, MARILYN MANSON) has also created the album's striking cover art, which perfectly compliments the music's sheer intensity.
Commented Cazares: "It took me four years to find the right musicians to make this happen and I'm very excited to finally unleash this to the world. Many people will be wondering what it sounds like, but it is hard for me to describe it. All I can say is when you hear the legendary machine gun riffs mixed with Tim Yeung's lighting speed double bass drums combined with Tommy's brutal and powerful vocals, just be prepared to face the annihilation. I promise you will not be disappointed."
Tommy Vext delivers what could be the most impressive debut vocal performance in years and the world has yet to witness such a dynamic individual. Vext states, "Approaching this I realized that I would have to bring a lot to the table working with such renowned and accomplished musicians. Having everyone coming from different metal backgrounds was a challenge, but it is that exact formula that gives us such an eclectic sound. Also, having worked with vocal instructor Melissa Cross ('Zen of Screaming') for the past three years I'd utilized those tools and exercises to push my abilities further than I ever imagined. I am so proud and excited to unveil this band to the world!"
DIVINE HERESY made its live debut on September 2, 2006 at the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, California prior to ASESINO's performance as part of Dino's birthday bash (DECREPIT BIRTH's Risha Eryavec filled in on bass for the event). According to one attendee who saw the performance, the band's musical direction "was reminiscent of old FEAR FACTORY — 'Soul of a New Machine'  meets 'Demanufacture'  — but faster, heavier and more intense. After [the new group's] three-song set, Dino screamed from the stage, 'This ain't no pussy shit like new FEAR FACTORY is.' The over-packed crowd cheered as he marched off stage, only to return 10 minutes later to do a full set with ASESINO."