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Dance with Divinity
DWD
Studio album by Potmos Hetoimos
Released September 12, 2007
Recorded August–September 2007
Genre Progressive doom metal, death-doom
Length 133:16
Label independent
Potmos Hetoimos chronology
Suffering the Storm
(2007)
Dance with Divinity
(2007)
Kingdoms
(2008)

Dance with Divinity (often abbreviated as DWD) is the fourth album by the American one-man band Potmos Hetoimos. It was released on September 12, 2007. It marks a return to the guitar-driven sound of previous albums, departing from the bass-driven sound of Suffering the Storm. It was the last PH album with Matt Matheson on vocals until 2010's Agatha.

The album is a single 2-hour-long track broken into seven tracks that follows the story of a married couple who are experiencing bitterness and religious differences, which leads to the husband to go on a killing spree and murder Christian people.

Dance with Divinity was the longest album that Potmos Hetoimos has ever released until it was surpassed by its tenth album The Paragon Trisagion in 2015.

Background Edit

After the bass-driven sound of Suffering the Storm, frontman Matt Matheson wanted to do something that had never been done. He expressed his desire to record a 2-hour long track with his friends. In his blog, Matheson stated about their opinions:

"Some called me crazy. I didn’t care. At the time I was being inspired to write DWD, I was heavily influenced by epic doom bands – like Monolithe, whose albums are all one long song (theirs are only about 50 minutes though). I wanted to do something that had never been done, and I did it."

Dance with Divinity was conceived and contemplated through the summer of 2007, and recorded in exactly one month between August 11th and September 11th, in a similar fashion to The Millstone.

Plot Edit

Movement I: The Aroma of Carrion Edit

An unnamed husband and wife are experiencing bitterness and division because the wife has recently become a Christian, while the husband disparages and despises religion. Her faith drives a wedge between them that threatens to end their love. The husband still very much loves his wife, and is sorrowful to see her make such a "poor choice"; he decides the only way to restore their relationship is to convince her not to be a Christian. Seeing that logical arguments will not sway her, he settles on a more desperate route, and becomes a serial killer randomly murdering Christians. At the end of Movement I, a stranger who has observed the tension between them approaches the wife while the husband is away.

Movement II: The Transfixion of Godhood Edit

This movement explores the psyche of the murderer as he grows more and more infatuated with his power to kill and less and less interested in redeeming his marriage. As such, the music is heavily doom metal, drawing from Monolithe, Asunder, and The Ocean.

Movement III: The Burden of Blood Edit

This movement finds the husband returning home late one night only to be left by his wife, who has not been swayed from her faith, but has grown fed up with her husband’s increasingly frequent unexplained absences. The husband realizes that he cannot continue his murderous lifestyle if he hopes to recapture his wife’s heart.

Ending Edit

The ending is a total contrast to The Millstone.

Track listing Edit

No. Title Length
1. "Dance with Divinity"
  • "I. Movement I: The Aroma of Carrion"
  • "II. Interlude I: To Wear the Divine Mask, To Stain the Empyrean Glove"
  • "III. Movement II: The Transfixion of Godhood"
  • "IV. Interlude II: Passage of Time and Life, Ineffectual"
  • "V. Movement III: The Burden of Blood"
  • "VI. Interlude III: Short Respite in a Shallow Grave"
  • "VII. Movement IV: The Judgment of Fate"  
133:16
  • 27:11
  • 8:35
  • 29:23
  • 3:39
  • 28:45
  • 6:38
  • 29:05
Total length:
133:16

PersonelEdit

  • Matt Matheson — all instruments, vocals

External linksEdit

Dance with Divinity on Bandcamp

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