Divinity Destroyed

Divinity Destroyed

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"Discovery of the year" - Billboard Magazine

Biography

Most local bands playing the New Jersey scene would be satisfied if they landed a distribution deal, had their music sold on iTunes, played a slot on Dave Mustaine's Gigantour and had Billboard magazine call them a discover of the year. But metal act Divinity Destroyed - who have achieved all this and more - just calls those milestones a warm-up.

The five-man band is hunting for a record label that will help spread its powerful music across the globe. They are currently promoting their latest EP, "The Plague", with gigs along the East Coast. From Maine to South Carolina, Divinity Destroyed has played festivals like New York's Death in the Forest event and such high-profile venues as the Stone Pony and Starland Ballroom. Having opened for The Misfits, Lamb of God, Nightwish, and other national acts, the group is hungry to expand its rabid following with their own tour.

Developing artists typically don't have male fans shouting "We love you!" at their shows and getting tattoos of the group's logo on their skins. However, typical bands aren't so dedicated to their success that they record two EPs and two full-length albums within six years. Forming in 1999 before half its members finished high school, Divinity Destroyed - led by vocalist/keyboardist Mark Ward along with guitarists Tom Ward and Rick Flanegan, drummer Dan Leonard and bassist Jim Cowen - have been determined since day one to forge its own musical path. They have created a phenominal brand of eclectic, hard-charging metal that incorporates everything from videogame scores to classical music. Songs like "Void" burst with thrash, whereas tunes like "Haven" are driven with heavy guitars and catchy , melodic vocal hooks and "These Waking Dreams" is full of progressive tendencies.

The band is winning fans with its constant schedule of live shows and its two Web sites (divinitydestroyed.com and myspace.com/divinitydestroyed). They are also attracting attention from the music industry. In 2005 they landed a one-off distribution deal with indie label Screaming Ferret for its album "Eden in Ashes" that put the record in such outlets as Virgin Records, iTunes and amazon.com. The group also won a battle-of-the-bands competition that enabled them to play the PNC Bank Arts Center as the opening act for the New Jersey date of Dave Mustaine's Gigantour. Along the way Divinity Destroyed has picked up mainstream press in music industry bible Billboard and magazines like Metal Edge, Metal Maniacs, Pit, and Terrorizer.

Metal publication Unrestrained thinks Divinity Destroyed "has the potential to blow up big", and the band will do whatever it takes to make that prediction a reality. With more fans and live gigs accumulating each month, they are pushing harder than ever to break onto the worldwide stage. Because for Diviniy Destroyed, fame is nothing but a matter of time.

Lyrics

Forsaken

Written By: Divinity Destroyed

High in the sky, I see you falling
Why do you think that I will catch you?
Past the clouds a burning fire
Hear it sing like a choir
You gave much more than you should have
My first words are your last rites
Deep within my vacant mind
Sits the thought,
"Maybe there is hope..."

Rays of light pour from my eyes and
Baptize all that lay beneath me
Everything that I have gained is
Nothing next to all I've lost
I surrender to the blackness
Hoping, praying for acceptance
Deep within my vacant mind
Sits the thought,
"Maybe there is hope..."

No sins, yet forsaken
When will I awaken...
This truth I won't swallow:
I have become hollow
I'll wait for tomorrow
Where there is no sorrow
I see a light in the darkness
I weep as that light goes out

Neverending pain
Driving me insane
No more, I can't take it
Silent cries
Bloodshot eyes
I'll defy you til I fall
Final living breath
Welcomed into death
Mercy please, I'll beg for mercy
Now alone
On my own
All I wanted was salvation

Lost and staring at the ground I
Realize: "I am nothing"
Tears are streaming down my face and
Seeping deep into my wounds
I am beaten, I am battered
Dripping blood, my wings are tattered
Broken, I fall to my knees and
Cry to the sky,
"Heaven, take me home"

Forever and Never

Written By: Divinity Destroyed

I do not threat, I do not warn
I only speak of what I'll mourn
Every time you turn and run
You blindly aim your loaded gun

Ironic place for pride to be
You are your own worst enemy
Every dream chased in haste
Another day gone to waste

Time burns short
Patience thins
Keep this up
No one wins

Will this end?
It just might
So hold me close
Hold me tight

Close your eyes and open wide
Meet me on the other side

You're not the kind you find every day
But I would leave you anyway

I do not threat, I do not warn
I only speak of what I'll mourn
Faith alone is not a plan
Save us now, I know you can

Time burns short
Patience thins
Keep this up
No one wins

Will this end?
It just might
So hold me close
Hold me tight

Close your eyes and open wide
Meet me on the other side

You're not the kind you find every day
But I would leave you anyway

We dance an endless dance
How long must this continue?
We could go separate ways
But they would just be circles

These sunsets seem the same
Fools weep but I know better
I will remember them
I will remember yesterday

Death or Glory

Written By: Divinity Destroyed

Blood fills my eyes
Screaming drowns out the world
Chaos, confusion
A melee soiree

Survival and murder
Are dancing together
I never was forced to endure this
The choice was mine

Home and family are waiting
Worried and wondering
How did I get here?
How am I still here?

Time and again
Mercy flaunts its releases
I’ve made my stand
And I back down for no man

Bring me the eyes of the blind
Bring me the hearts of the faithless
Let Hell have them

Ravens sing the final song
Toll the bells before the dawn
Martyrs by morning
Our banners: “Death or Glory”

Suffer no fear
Suffer no odds
Suffer no fate
Nor the will of the gods

Some lack the vision to see
The nerve to believe
They call our crusade
A fool’s errand

How can you call that a life
If you’ve not risked it
Breathing, existing, and yearning
Without ever earning

Bring me the eyes of the blind
Bring me the hearts of the faithless
Let Hell have them

Ravens sing the final song
Toll the bells before the dawn
Martyrs by morning
Our banners: “Death or Glory”

Will I live to see the sunlight or
Will I dance with death tonight?

Twilight breaks
With many against one
How can I yield?
I am not done

Hell can wait

Ravens sing the final song
Toll the bells before the dawn
Martyrs by morning
Our banners: “Death or Glory”

Indigo

Written By: Divinity Destroyed

Each step every day, I am not alone
My guilt for a light that has never shone
This haunting pain feels like home
Suddenly family has another meaning
I’ll see you in the next life

Another day goes by for me
I’m sorry yours was not to be
And never will

Why did I send you on your way?
Is all of this worth what you paid?
I won’t ever know

I weep for a cross that was never born
If I never knew, would I ever mourn?
Lines fade on a vague moral rainbow
Black and white, day and night, wrong and right
Oh I envy simplicity

Another day goes by for me
I’m sorry yours was not to be
And never will

How could I bring back what is gone?
I cannot change what I have done
I can only wait

Asleep inside the womb
No stranger place to call a tomb
This way at least you will be close to me

And when the night is near
I see you shining bright and clear
Tonight I think I’ll count the stars again

I’ll never lose a race
I’ll never see that smiling face
I’ll never get the chance to tuck you in

You have forgiven me
And that’s the greatest tragedy
I won’t be able to forgive myself

How can I wave goodbye
With blood all over my hands?

Threshold

Written By: Divinity Destroyed

Too many times I am reminded what I sow I reap
Thanks for the tip but my own counsel will I keep
It’s such a shame
You only see as far as hope is high
If only you could see what I’ve seen with your eyes

Choke down that advice reflex
And we’ll all get by just fine
Tuck back the pearls of wisdom
Or you’ll feel a piece of my mind

Who are you to tell me what is right?
You listen close
It’s my fucking life
I’ll let the rain fall where it may

How many dreams have you erased?
So far between and few
And I wonder why the world got the best of you
Feel free to disagree
But you’ll just be a brick in my wall
So take me as I am or don’t take me at all

Choke down that advice reflex
And we’ll all get by just fine
Tuck back the pearls of wisdom
Or you’ll feel a piece of my mind

Who are you to tell me what is right?
You listen close
It’s my fucking life
I’ll let the rain fall where it may

Too late to think of stopping now
I can’t give up
I don’t know how
I will not live and die a slave

Have I always been wrong?
Maybe just maybe I don’t belong
Am I lost in the deep?
Maybe just maybe I’ll stay asleep

I do not want to wake up from this

Save me

And now I realize
The dream was never like it seemed
What’s there to wake up from
When it’s all real to me?

Discography

Death or Glory EP - 2007
Forever and Never video/single - 2006
The Plague EP - 2005
Eden in Ashes - 2003
Divinity Destroyed EP - 2003
Nocturnal Dawn - 2001

Set List

Our sets are typically 30 to 45 minutes and tend to vary depending on the audience. Either way, every set is filled with both old and new material.