Cover shot – DIVIDED

Belgian post-metal, hardcore, post-shoegaze quartet Divided are delighted to announce their stunning debut Light Will Shine, to be released 29th March via feted post-everything label Dunk!records.

Elements of Chat PileSlint, and countrymen Stake is but a glimpse into this expansive, wide-ranging album. Honest and brutal, referential and experimental, experiential and immediate, Light Will Shine is a excellent new addition to the modern heavy canon.

Listen for example to lead single and opener ‘Cinder’, a rollicking, grooving, Converge-esque behemoth, which even tends into abrasive post-punk at times.

Stream the new track ‘Cinder’ here

The band comment: “When recording ‘Cinder’, Gilles [Demolder, Wiegedood,Oathbreaker](who produced the album) suggested to go crazy with the vocal performance. So we did, and it flipped the whole track upside down. In fact, we did something similar for every track. Really glad that we’ve been pushed to our limits by each other and Gilles while making this record. It was such a connecting, enriching, but most of all fun experience. Couldn’t be happier with the result and we’re all very excited for you to hear this.”

From ‘Cinder’ through to the tortuously sparse closer, ‘Sleepers’, Divided demonstrate a highly impressive range of emotion, and breadth of musical maturity.

In a sense, Light Will Shine is a circular album, detailing vocalist/drummer Pepijn’s battles with anxiety. ‘Cinder’ details his burnout, and running away from responsibility, whereas ‘Sleepers’ is his attempt at finding peace, embracing his fears and anxieties, accepting them as part of his life.

Although still a new outfit, Divided are making names for themselves on the Belgian circuit. Previous support slots with StakeBrutusWiegedood and Psychonaut have well spotlighted the band, alongside signing with Dunk!records, and an appearance at the showcase festival, Left Of The Dial. The band will shortly be supporting heavyweights LLNN before performing at May 2024’s Dunk!festival alongside Jo QuailWang Wensleepmakeswaves, and many more post-rock luminaries.

Divided are:

Pepijn Vandaele: Vocals and Drums
Jelle Rouquart: Guitars
Torre Maertens: Guitars
Staf Walschap: Bass