Thursday 30 June 2022
This duo can make the earth splinter with their heavy doom and drone metal

Low end. The bass spectrum. Frequencies that make your body tremble. This is music that in the most literal sense will shake you.

Meet Aussie duo Divide and Dissolve comprised of Takiaya Reed and Sylvie Nehill. The former takes care of the guitar and the sax while the latter bangs the drums.

And they are LOUD!

They play a mix of heavy doom, sludge and a desolate reading of jazz. It’s beautiful and terrifying at the same time. And it’s a unique sound that you probably haven’t come across before.

On their third and latest album, Gas Lit (2021), the two musicians honour their respective Cherokee and Māori ancestries while pining for a social utopia where white supremacy and colonisation have been dismantled.

You can really hear the protest and revolt inside their instrumental music.

Their noise is harsh while drones define an atmosphere of unease. Like a sermon calling upon ancient spirits.

It is staggering that two people can create such levels of extreme metallic noise and yet there is an underlying layer of melody.

Divide and Dissolve is a band that is best experienced live. Here you can really hear how they challenge complacency and deal amplified body blows.