Divine Heresy
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Tommy Vext
Dino Cazares
Joe Payne
Tim Yeung
Dino Cazares doesn’t accept second best. As you’d expect from the man who co-founded both Fear Factory and Brujeria, his new band isn’t about to tread well worn primrose paths. Meet Divine Heresy – not so much a metal band for the modern era as crimson innovators ready to transcend time and place. You see, when you’ve already made your mark with bands like those mentioned above then there are two things you can do: “I could have carried on being successful in Latin America with Brujeria, and my other band, Aesino,” admits the guitarist. “But that wasn’t enough. I wanted to do something that would go beyond what I’ve achieved before. Something to take metal into the 21st Century.”

So, Cazares set out to create, to shape Divine Heresy – not just another band, but a project that would challenge his own abilities, and push ambitions to the limit. This is not so much a band as an intention. Once again, this man aims to make a big difference. It took the guitarist a few years to get together the men with the talent to turn his dream into a musical reality. But, painstakingly, he found them. Starting with Vital Remains/Hate Eternal drummer Tim Yeung. “He’s a man with the ability to play at a frightening speed. You listen to what he can do, and you know you’re in the presence of one amazing drummer.” So, with Yeung readily joining him, Cazares now went of a planet wide search for a singer. Not content with finding someone who could merely carry a melody, nor a man who’d be able to growl and yowl, Cazares wanted a vocalist who could take the band’s ideas to a new level. Into the hazy picture stepped unknown Tommy Vext. “Someone I knew suggested Tommy could do the job and as soon as I heard him it was obvious that he was special. He could do everything I wanted – and more.”

This, then, is Divine Heresy, a trio who are not only able to stand toe-to-toe with anything Cazares has done before, but challenge any of the new breed of heroes who dominate the current era. The band’s debut album ‘Bleed The Fifth’ isn’t so much a collection of songs as a force, the representation of a ideal flesh. You want passion? You want attitude? You want pyrotechnic brutality? If that’s your bag, then this is the album for which you’ve waited too long. Produced by Dirty Icon – which is, actually, Logan Mader (a man who’s played with Machine Head and Soulfly) and Lucas Banker - this record doesn’t re-invent the wheel. No, the album turns full cartwheels of innovation and intent.

“I know that my fans expect something special from me,” says Cazares. “And I would never let them down. With every project that I’ve done, what’s been important is to ensure that I deliver music that doesn’t just meet people’s expectations, but goes beyond them. That’s important to me. I know that I could coast along and do well on the back of my reputation, but that would be to cheat everyone – including myself. I really do believe that with Divine Heresy, I’m once again setting the highest standards.

“How would I describe ‘Bleed The Fifth’? There are machine gun riffs here that’ll take your breath away. Combined with some fantastic double bass drums kicks from Tim. And Tommy’s brutal vocals are gonna kick your ass – big time. It’s an album that won’t let anyone down.” Cazares has spent his entire career challenging the norm, pushing the envelope to the limit and beyond. In the past, he has hinted at what could be achieved, but now that potential has been realised. Divine Heresy are living the guitarist’s dream. “This is what I wanted for a band. If I couldn’t have found these two guys, then I’d never have bothered taking the concept any further. We are so tight and have a shared vision. It might have started with me, but Tim and Tommy are now part of this as well. All we need to do is find a bassist and then we’re ready to tour – and that’s when you’ll see what we capable of delivering.” So many name musos leave a major band and end up caught in the headlights of onrushing oblivion. But, Cazares has steadfastly avoided such a fate. “Honestly, I didn’t need to do this. As I said before, I have a career in Latin America that I could easily have carried on pursuing, but this isn’t about success and financial gain. It’s all about doing what you believe in. I believe in Divine Heresy. So do the others. That’s why we’re here. What we are doing is taking the sort of metal with which I’ve made my reputation and giving it a modern twist. I love it. I am really into what we do.”

Divine Heresy aren’t just a transitional plaything for a one-time guitar god. This is the focus of all his intentions and contentions. Dino Cazares is back – and burning. ‘Bleed The Fifth’ headbutts the new era of metal. And comes out the winner.