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Sorrow & Promise

by Divine In Sight

Take a spiritual art rock journey with this Midwestern trio, whose large-scale epics feature narrative drama, Queen-influenced heavy guitar/vocal harmonies, and intense Rickenbacker bass playing in the grand prog-rock tradition.
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1. Black River
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2. By Leaps & Bounds
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3. Sorrow & Promise: In A Box
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4. Sorrow & Promise: Overture
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5. Sorrow & Promise: March Of The Damned
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6. Sorrow & Promise: Waltz Of The Plastic Dolls
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7. Sorrow & Promise: Viper's Brood
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8. Sorrow & Promise: Sleep
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9. Sorrow & Promise: Into The Abyss
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10. Sorrow & Promise: Soul Of Mine
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11. Sorrow & Promise: Make Me More Like You
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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DIVINE IN SIGHT is a spiritual art rock trio from the American Midwest playing album-oriented, progressively influenced, dramatic art rock music. Our debut album, Sorrow & Promise, features and hour-long rock opera.

REVIEWS:

Divine In Sight, as you might guess from the name, is a Christian Progressive Rock band, and in 2001 they released an album called SORROW & PROMISE. It is mostly a rock opera but with a couple of other tunes not directly related to the opera. I have to admit it ... I wanted to hate this album. In spite of having once been in a Christian Progressive Rock band myself at one time, most of the stuff I've heard that calls itself Christian prog has been pretty lame; watered down prog pop at best, and frequently poorly produced, relying on the "Christian charity" of their audiences to forgive their weaknesses. Add to that the fact that my personal spiritual leanings no longer tilt in the direction of Christianity and I was fully prepared to really dislike SORROW & PROMISE. But, it was not to be ... far from hating this album, I must say it's one of the best progressive albums I've heard so far in 2001...

Musically, the closest overall band I might compare them to would be Rush, with their melodic yet metallic electric guitar interspersed and sometimes intertwined with acoustic guitars, plus their reliance on "in-yer-face" harmonic and counterpoint bass lines. The keyboards and drums are competent, but not the prime ingredients in this music; those are the guitars and bass, and to a lesser extent the vocals. Bass player Jonathan Dexter is one of the finest bassists I've ever heard, with his Geddy Lee type fingering and Chris Squire Rickenbacker sound. He doesn't just sit in the background playing a boomy sustained tonic, the bass is equalized to accentuate the high end making the pitches easier to hear. (He also uses a 5-string Rickenbacker with an extra high "C" string at the top to play more in the guitar sonic spectrum). There are many places on the album where the bass is obviously the predominant instrument. Jonathan's bass figures frequently remind me of Chris Squire's (circa Relayer) also.
 
Bart Boge's guitars, songwriting and production are highly reminiscent of Queen, with vocals overdubbed to make huge chorales, and guitar sound and licks reminiscent of Brian May's. But, once again reminding of Rush, I sometimes think of Alex Lifeson as well, especially for some of the acoustic guitar parts. The unusually "crunchy" metal guitar in the "Overture", where all the themes of the rock opera are previewed, is fantastic, it gives me chills every time I hear it. From the screams of lost souls falling "Into the Abyss" to the trudging "March of the Damned", lots of sound effects pervade this production, making it bombastic, pretentious and self-important ... nothing wrong with that as long as they have the chops to pull it off, and these gents certainly do.
 
In case you haven't figured it out yet, I highly recommend this CD. If you miss this one, you'll be missing out on a lot. I don't actually think your soul would be in peril if you didn't buy this CD, but ... hey, what do I know? Maybe you should go to the Divine In Sight web site and order a copy ... just to be on the safe side. Amen, Brother!

FRED TRAFTON
Gibraltar Encyclopedia of Progressive Rock
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As far as I am concerned, the "Spiritual Progressive Art Rock Opera" that is SORROW & PROMISE surely deserves to take its place along side other classic concept albums such as Pink Floyd's The Wall and Genesis' The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, even if on a smaller scale. It is a deep concept, and fully illustrated through the 11 movements or sections that make up S&P. I must say, that as a writer and producer myself, I am awestruck by such an incredible and elaborate production. There were many ways that DIS could have dropped the ball, by leaving out pieces of the puzzle or failing to fully communicate either the emotion or the depth of the story. But they pulled it off in its entirety, leaving me with no question about either the story or its conclusion. I simply cannot express how impressive I find this entire production...

GENE CROUT
Guitarist/Vocalist for AMERICA GOMORRAH
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Lots of bands claim musical trendy or obscure influences, hoping for credibility by association. But few ever produce music that approach the quality of those influences, much less transcend them. Divine In Sight not only transcends, they are in a league all their own spearheaded by a true visionary, Bartholomew Boge, vocalist/guitarist/songwriter for the band. SORROW & PROMISE delivers a riveting musical narrative in this spiritual progressive rock opera of evil, betrayal, corruption, and greed. Boge embraces a plaintive, near ambient sound structure while occasionally unleashing torrid spasms of blinding guitar runs with nail biting suspense and unexpected twists. Alternating between gentle, haunting lyricism and musical exploration, Divine In Sight engages in instrumental warfare like no other. SORROW & PROMISE is a superbly crafted, provocative stunner.

CARLA ARCHULETTA
The Global Muse


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Frank Reed

Great Music + Great Message = Great Experience.
Having been a lifelong Rush and Yes fan but a "baby" Christian, I started searching for progressive rock with a Christian theme. I was thoroughly prepared to be disappointed since much of the Christian media you find is poorly produced and sub standard in content. Thankfully, I was more than surprised by divine*in*sight's "Sorrow & Promise". I will be honest, I have still not truly examined the lyrics because I have been so impressed with the music. The bass throughout the entire CD is magnificent as well as the guitar playing which is very strong. I'm not a profesional reviewer by any means so I will not be able to draw on particular influences etc but I can say this without any doubt: You will not go wrong by getting this CD. I have already started to introduce the band to friends who are not believers but just progressive rock fans and they could care less about the Christian "label", they just like the music. That's awesome because they may actually hear something that may make them ask me about something more important than anything: faith in Christ.

Tom MacMillan-Again

-Absolutely Incredible-
Now that I actually own this album...it's amazing. This concept is an eye-opener, acall to arms for evangelical Christians. Every song is better than the last. I can't decide which is best really. The production is amazingly, strikingly spotless. If you are a producer of digital music, you have to check this out. 'DADAA'-digital recording, analog transfer, digital mix, anolog mastering, analog time compression. An incredible production. I hope to see more from Divine In Sight, a talented, professional group.

Nik Andjam

What a bass player
This band is excellent, specially the bass player, however the music is too melancholy and tragic half the CD while there is a lot of energy in parts, makes for a sleepy listen

Tom MacMillan-All Blues

A Milestone for Progressive Christian rock
This record's samples, though of very poor sound quality, are among the finest the finest I have had the pleasure of listening to on the many Christian Prog. webstites I have visited. Could you Imagine Dream Theater and Rush's guitars put together with strikingly Geddy Lee-esque vocals and Queen's operatic harmonies beating along to Yes' earthy, complex Bass ryhthms? Maybe, but probably not. So listen to this band, and they'll put the picture in your head.

Jaymi Millard

WOW!!!
I recently purchased this CD and have ben amazed. I have been looking for really awesome Christian music and the fact that I live in "Music City" has no real bearing on the reality that there needs to be more music like this!!I grew up listening to just about every band that this group names as their influences. This CD is eloquent, LOVE that bass!!! (Yes, I am a bassplayer!) Buy this, you will not be disappointed...

Tim Harrison

Moments of true progressive grandeur
As a debut CD this is a fantastic effort. These guys have put a lot of thought and effort into this project, and they've laid it all out for you to see. Thematically it is very courageous and the whole thing is thoughtfully crafted. The cons: the songs plod at times and Bart's vocals I felt were too 'wet' and too low in the mix. It might even be worth considering a female singer if they are going to continue writing such high melody lines. The pros: excellent musicianship, these guys can play! I cannot stress that enough. There are passages on this CD that rate with the best that I've ever heard, it is that good. The guitar rips, the bass pounds, the drums thunder. Bart is the riff king!

Joss

A blessing for the ears
Excellent debut. Amazing musicians. We can hear that they have a lot of musical experience. Maturity is the key word for definig their lyrics.
Will not be disapointed!

Mitch Williams

Really, really good
This is an album you can really get your teeth into. Great songwriting, great playing, and a vocalist who sings higher than Geddy Lee. In fact, that's an apt comparison; this album sounds a lot like "Hemispheres"-era Rush. So why not four stars? Variety. Bart has a great guitar sound -- but he's really only got one. And that bass is really cool -- but it gets tiring after a while. It's ok to play whole notes, honest!
Having said all that, this album has been in my CD player for several weeks and I keep coming back to it. Hence the title: really, really good.

Anonymous *in* Sight

Powerful-----Intro
Divine In Sight’s first release is a powerful one. The bulk of well-written, intelligent, and entertaining music on this record stuns me, because I’ve never heard anything so striking from an independant prog group. In this review, I will highlight the many strong points of this album, but I will not neglect to mention the many flaws/weaknesses of it.

Anonymous *in* Sight

Powerful-----------Music
The music style is hard edged, technical prog rock which draws influences from a number of legendary groups. The group must be extremely annoyed by the endless onslaught of Rush comparisons. They do not sound that much like Rush. You can hear the influences of Queen, Dream Theater, Yes, The Beatles, and at times groups like Fates’ Warning and Queensryche. The music is a great accomplishment for this group. I commend them as writers and musicians. The musicianship on this record is all incredible. Most notably, Frank Ralls’ percussion stands out as the most consistently amazing playing I have heard in a long time. In fact, I believe the percussion, being technical, but not showy, tops the bass and guitars as the best played instrument on the album. The bass is somewhat showy; but must admit that I love it, and it really gives Divine in Sight a voice and personality. The guitars are tight, and impressive, but not flashy. A big problem with Sorrow & Promise is that the bass and guitars have the same effect throughout the entire paying length. Their lack of musical variety is the biggest hurt to the album, and causes the music to feel monotonous, sleepy, boring, and at times, preachy. Much of the music is incredibly enjoyable, though, the group’s creative genius showing through on Black River, By Leaps & Bounds, Waltz of the Plastic Dolls, Viper’s Brood and Into the Abyss. Unfortunately, much of the music sounds like filler and loses my attention on In A Box, Soul of Mine, and especially Make Me More Like You. The last track, the album closer, sounds somber, accusative, sleepy, and oddly like a finger waving at you to say, “no”, when it should sound joyous, while at the same time repentant, conveying the glorious redemption from Christ.
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