Fire Divine

Fire Divine

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Fire Devine is a Deep Elm newcomer featuring portions of the June Spirit and A Life Once Lost. Its self-titled, four-song EP takes a more directly melodic approach than those past, post-hardcore experiments, whipping between moments of ragged guitar and screamery and chiming chorus guitars guided by heartfelt dear-diary blather. Fire Devine is thankfully lacking in the lush studio veneer that defines so much of this 21st century emo style -- "We Ride on Sunbeams," especially, is mixed with attention to a live sound for the drums and dual guitars. Opener "Clark and Rightwood" can't resist a little of that bloodcurdling, shout-behind-the-singer stuff, but its midsong acceleration is cool, and leads nicely into the urgent "Reputation Outlives Application," which -- in its louder sections, anyway -- nods nicely to, ahem, emo's heyday. The EP's too brief at four songs, but it sufficiently stirs interest for the assumed Fire Devine full-length.

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