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Album Review: The Color Morale – Desolate Divine

The Color Morale has a new release, Desolate Divine featuring eleven tracks that entertain and excite throughout the entirety of the album. The music maintains a high level of creative diversity that is alluring and satisfying. As the band’s fifth studio production, Desolate Divine demonstrates a time in which the group is extremely comfortable and more than capable in their creative abilities. The quintet, which originates from Rockford, Illinois was formed in 2007 by vocalist Garret Rapp,  Devin King on guitar, Mike Honson on bass,  Steve Carey on drums, and Aaron Saunders on guitar.

Starting the euphonious rollercoaster is Lonesome Soul, with a hard-hitting intro that gives way to the melodic vocals by Rapp. The contrast between the aggressive instruments/growls and light vocals give the track an ability to portray with ease the deep emotions behind its lyrics. Overall a very pleasant song and an excellent choice to introduce Desolate Divine.

Trail of Blood starts up strong, fast, and is performed with impeccable precision. The bass and drums are heavily represented and provide solid ground for the lighter guitars and vocals. This instrumentalization balances the song extremely well, allowing for the screams and growls to shine through effortlessly.

Version of Me has a gentler approach focusing on a softer vocal delivery. The vocal melodies are arched and smoothed perfectly. While the song is relatively lighter than the rest of the album, the growls featured are powerful and purposeful. There is a give-and-take aspect to the song that is displayed throughout the various vocal parts, which are enhanced with the flow of the track.

Misery Hates Company plays out with a variance in sound from the previous tracks. The guitars are brighter and it’s easier to focus on them throughout the song. While the song does not feature any growls or really heavy aggression, it still packs a punch. The drums and bass build up emotion and passion, which the vocals and guitars ride like a perfect wave.

Fauxtographic Memory, a play on words and a mix of various musical styles. It starts up with sharp violins, dabbles in a fast punk-rock like drum sequence, blends in melodic vocals and heavy guitar riffs all in its intro. This track is powerful and fun from beginning to end, and features an array of rhythm and mixing ability.

All in all, The Color Morale have produced high quality material that needs to be in your collection and enjoyed. This album is extremely well crafted and executed masterfully.

The Color Morale will be on the Face to Face Tour throughout North America in November and December with Our Last NightHands Like Houses, and Out Came The Wolves. If they are performing at a city near you, make sure to check them out.

Nov 4 – San Diego, CA @ The Irenic
Nov 5 – Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
Nov 6 – Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
Nov 8 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
Nov 9 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
Nov 10 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues (Parish)
Nov 12 – Lake Park, FL @ Kelsey Theater
Nov 13 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
Nov 15 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Nov 16 – Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
Nov 17 – Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre
Nov 18 – Richmond, VA @ The Canal Club
Nov 19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Diesel Club Lounge
Nov 20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Nov 23 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
Nov 25 – Whitehall, PA @ Planet Trog
Nov 26 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall (Marlin Room)
Nov 27 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
Nov 29 – Syracuse, NY @ The Lost Horizon
Nov 30 – Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck Bar
Dec 1 – Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot Ballroom
Dec 2 – Columbus, OH @ Park Street Saloon
Dec 3 – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
Dec 4 – Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge
Dec 5 – Burnsville, MN @ The Garage
Dec 7 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
Dec 8 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
Dec 10 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Dec 11 – Portland, OR @ Analog Theater
Dec 13 – Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk

 

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