The Blood Divine Awaken on 180g LP
The Blood Divine was a British Gothic metal band, founded in the summer of 1995 by Paul Allender and brothers Paul & Benjamin Ryan, after the three had recently left UK extreme metallers Cradle of Filth. They were joined by the recently ousted Anathema singer Darren White, and then recruited drummer William A. 'W.A.S.' Sarginson and bassist Steve Maloney before being quickly scooped up by Peaceville Records.
Their debut album Awaken was recorded in early 1996 at Academy Studios in West Yorkshire UK (My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost, Anathema), and was released later that same year. This quickly led to intensive live work, touring throughout Europe with Cathedral and label mates, My Dying Bride.
With their expertly crafted compositions of rich, classic metal riffs and sweeping melodic passages, plus Ben Ryan's Gothic and at times psychedelia-tinged keyboard arrangements backing up Daz White's perfectly fitting vocal delivery, Awaken was greatly received upon release, as the band's profile swiftly grew.
In what was considered somewhat of a supergroup, The Blood Divine recorded two albums of highly individualistic Gothic rock/doom metal with strong keyboard atmospherics and prog elements, before disbanding in 1998, with Paul Allender rejoining Cradle of Filth.
The Blood Divine Awaken Track Listing:
1. So Serene
2. Moonlight Adorns
3. Visions (Of A Post-apocalyptic World ) Part 1
5. These Deepest Feelings
7. Oceans Rise
9. In Crimson Dreams
10. Heart Of Ebony
11. Warm Summer Rain