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Rating: 7/10 ?

October 1, 2004
espite the opening explosion of feedback, there really isn't much heavy about Anadivine. Higher, thin vocals balance over fast paced dark rock guitars. It's very much the same type of scheme employed by Coheed and Cambria (who share a hometown with the guys from Anadivine). Coheed frontman Claudio Sanchez even makes a guest appearance on this eponymous EP. "Cross Your Heart," the track the duet appears on, is certainly a high point to this EP, but is easily bested by the upbeat "The Stalker and the Songwriter" or the anomaly "…the Frequency Hostage."

Part of a trilogy of tracks (one, four, and eight) who's titles spell out "In regard to the radio capture and the refusal to negotiate with the frequency hostage," the conclusion attempts to tie the previous instrumental tracks together. Primarily instrumental itself - the lyrics do not appear until the last third of the song - it pulls Anadivine to a more beautiful and epic sound. Amongst a work of negative-love songs, the final line "The frequency's dying/ We're ending transmission tonight," adds a perfect sense of closure. If the rest of the disc didn't hook you, than this last effort most likely will.

From all the buzz surrounding Coheed and Cambria (not to mention their oh-so-cool concept), Anadivine may find themselves categorized as followers. But to their credit they've crafted a pretty damn good EP in its own right. Let's hope they don't end up disappearing among the comparisons.

Reviewed by Natalie B. David
A fresh graduate of the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, in her spare time she can be found clumsily manipulating words and phrases for LAS and Beautiful/Decay magazine, hungering for sushi, naming inanimate objects or pondering the existence of stiletto heels. If you see her, you should buy her a cup of coffee because, chances are, she probably needs it.

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