metal band divide and dissolve fights colonialism and white supremacy on their massive debut “basic” #soundcheck

April 5, 2017

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK contributor

When they describe themselves this way, you know you’re in for something good: “Divide And Dissolve are a heavy two-piece utilising drums, guitar saxophone & live efx music designed to decolonize & dismantle white supremacy.” BASIC is the kind of bone-rattling music capable of shaking the entire world to its core. Deep-tuned guitars battle with tidal drums on cuts with names like “BLACK SUPREMACY” and “BLACK RESISTANCE.” When moments of beauty appear, as on the surprising sax solo in “BLACK POWER,” it’s breathtaking. By the album’s last track, when poet Minori Sanchiz-Fung shows up to deliver the album’s first and only vocal line, the band shows their depth. This is a band that can be just as loud with the distortion turned off, while wind swirls behind them. There’s power in their music, sure, but there’s more in the ideas.

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