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Broken Glazz - Divine (Reissue) Award winner

Broken Glazz
Divine (Reissue)
by Dorothy Cheng at 25 November 2013, 6:55 PM

Italian Thrashers BROKEN GLAZZ have been around since 1989, but their 1991 release “Divine” is probably one of the defining moments of their career as artists who would soon define themselves as starkly original creative sorts who would never let the confines of genres restrain them from playing the kind of music they want to play.

Over the years of their sadly under-published career, BROKEN GLAZZ have torn through the boundaries of expectations – delivering pure unadulterated Metal music at every turn regardless of whether it was Thrash or Heavy Metal. With the reissue of “Divine”, we now get to take a walk of memory lane to reminisce on the old glory of BROKEN GLAZZ, one the finest Italian experimental Thrash bands to ever grace the industry.

The one thing that defines “Divine”, which is the thing I love most about it, is how immensely technical they get with rhythm. Thrash Metal for the most past is obsessed with speed, but BROKEN GLAZZ don’t let that get to them. They pace themselves exactly how they think fits the song, and despite churning out some pure Thrash stuff, they have all sorts of influences floating about in this puzzle of an album, that ranges from DREAM THEATER-esque ballads to groovy PANTERA riffing to experimental Thrash, the likes of are probably very difficult for any other act to replicate.

Despite the overall intricacy of their musicianship, their music is catchy as hell. Probably because they are so damn anthemic, and here’s where the old school attitude comes in at full force. The tempo changes are always brilliant and surprising what with all the mad ideas Andrea Verga is spouting, but vocalist Ivan Appino keeps the catchiness alive with his classic Thrash voice and screaming chanters. The music all sounds very gritty but light-hearted – the perhaps Thrash attitude matchup.

They’re not lacking anything at all in any sense; in fact they’ve got more going for them than most Thrash bands out there. The arpeggio-crazy solos are of course to be found everywhere along with creative and original rigging, but I think the rhythmic section is the standout. They really show us how restraint can be applied in Thrash and used to make it even more dynamic.

It’s just a gigantic lob of old school fun with dashes of manic technicality and the occasional, oddly haunting ballads. There’s absolutely no shortage of surprises or variety here – BROKEN GLAZZ wastes no time in going with everything and anything they think they can pull off, oblivious to all the “rules” of Thrash and whatnot. This fine attitude makes for an album that is refreshingly honest and focused on music instead of genres or stereotypes. BROKEN GLAZZ does whatever the hell they want, and they do it brilliantly.

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Faces on the Floor
2. Divine
3. Someday
4. Electronic Brain
5. Fun House
6. Mindless Transparency
7. Life Gone Wrong
8. Promised Time
9. Rights of Your Pride
10. Walkin’ the Line
11. Abstract
12. Total Despair
13. Some Day
14. Broken Silence (Instrumental)
Lineup:
Pier Querio - Bass
Andrea Verga - Drums
Ivan Appino - Vocals, Guitars
James Wynnie - Guitars, Vocals
Record Label: Punishment 18 Records
     


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