SOTO - 'Divak'

 


THE BAND:
Jeff Scott Soto - vocals
Jorge Salan - lead guitar
BJ - keys, guitars
David Z - bass
Edu Cominato - drums


TRACK FRAGMENTS:

1.) "DIVAK" (Intro) - Instrumental
2.) "Weight Of The World" - The drum line of this intro consisted of a very heavy bass drum sound.  Over the top of the second and third measure of the intro there was a vocal accent.  However, you can barely hear is because of the bass drum along with the heaviness of the rhythm guitar there was an amazing bass line for the musical intro.  There was a very small Jeff Scott Soto vocal scream connecting the musical intro with the musical verse.  The musical verse consisted of a rhythm arrangement change. Over the top of the first and second measure of the musical verse there was a vocal accent.  The musical verse consisted of a verse intense musical feel.  After the musical verse there was a small arrangement change musical change connecting the musical verse with the musical verse.  The band used the same rhythm arrangement for the musical verse as the one for the verse.  There was an arrangement change for the musical chorus.  Underneath Jeff's lead vocals of the chorus he overdubbed a small backing harmony.  There was a rhythm arrangement change that consisted of several lead guitar licks connecting the first chorus with the second verse.  This musical arrangement change had an abstract feel to it.  This arrangement change lead to a lead guitar solo.  The opening second chorus consisted of a musical rest.  Over the top of the musical rest was a double-tracked Jeff Scott Soto lead vocal line.  For the choruses over the top of the coda Jeff's backing vocals consisted of a small echo.            
3.) "Freak Show" - This intro opened with a lead guitar lick.  The main intro consisted of a tom-tom pattern for the drum line.  The musical arrangement over the top of the drum line consisted of an industrial sounding music arrangement.  Over the top of the industrial arrangement, BJ played a heavy rhythm guitar arrangement that consisted of several guitar rests.  Because of these rests it let the industrial musical arrangement shine through.  BJ accomplished the industrial arrangement with his keyboards.  There were a couple Jeff vocal accents over the top of the musical pre-verse.  The musical pre-verse consisted of a rhythm arrangement change.  The musical pre-verse was very intense while Jeff kept the lead vocal lines very melodic.  There as a rhythm arrange for the musical pre-verse.  After the pre-verse there was a small vocal accent.  Underneath the vocal accent there was just a rhythm guitar riff.  The musical verse consisted of a rhythm guitar change.   The rhythm change along with the lyric lines of the musical chorus had a very intense feel to it.  There was what sounded like a minor lead guitar solo underneath the second chorus.  After the second chorus there was a very melodic yet intense lead guitar solo.  The ball line underneath the solo was amazing.  Over the top of the last half of the solo there was several lead vocal accents.  Over the top of the coda Jeff sings a few modern day metal vocal screams.                        
4.) "Paranoia" - This track consisted of a modern day metal intro arrangement.  There was an arrangement change for the musical verse.  The musical rests of the rhythm guitar track let the bass line bleed through.  There was a huge tom-tom fill connecting the musical verse with the musical chorus.  Underneath the lyric lines of the second verse there was a minor lead guitar solo.  After the second chorus there was a breakdown section.  This breakdown section lead to a blistering lead guitar solo.  The double-bass drum work on this track was amazing. 
5.) "Unblame" - There intro consisted of a lead and rhythm guitar arrangement.  The musical intro had a modern industrial havy metal rhythm arrangement.  As the verse progresses it turns to a more standard heavy metal arrangement.  The rhythm change of the musical chorus had an abstract feel to it.  Jeff overdubbed the backing vocals for the lyrical chorus.  After the second verse there was a lead guitar solo.  The lead guitar solo was very short and simple.          
6.) "Cyber Masquerade " - The rhythm guitar arrangement of this intro had an amazing sound to it.  There was a modern day heavy metal arrangement change connecting the musical intro with the musical verse.  The musical verse consisted of a very up-temp rhythm arrangement change.  There was a backing vocal connecting the musical verse with the musical chorus.  After the second chorus there was a huge bass guitar solo.  This bass guitar solo lead to a lead guitar solo.  This song was very intense.  After the third chorus there was a second lead guitar solo section.  Both of these guitar solos where major lead guitar solos.        
7.) "In My Darkest Hour" - This was an amazing Jeff Scott Soto ballad.  At times the way he arranged the lyric lines of the verse gave them a seventies feel.
8.) "Forgotten" - This intro opened with a minor lead guitar solo.  The main intro section consisted of a modern rock sound.  There was a rhythm arrangement change for the musical verse.  The rhythm guitar of this track was heavily influenced by Zakk Wylde.  There was a small rhythm change after the second chorus leading into the lead guitar solo.  The lead guitar solo of this track even had a Zakk feel to it.  After the solo there was a breakdown section.  The breakdown section consisted of an acoustic guitar.  There was a minor lead guitar solo oer the top of the coda. 
9.) "SuckerPunch" - This track opened with what sounded like a ballad after the second measure the band kicks-in a distorted guitar rhythm and turns the song into an up-tempo rocker.  There was a minor lead guitar solo connecting the main intro with the musical verse.  The musical verse consisted of a rhythm guitar change the highlight of the musical verse was the double-bass drum pattern.  The vocal lines where very reminiscent to early Jeff Scott Soto material.  The vocal lines of the chorus consisted of a huge hook.  There was a special effect connecting the musical chorus with the second verse.  Underneath the second verse there was a couple lead guitar licks.  After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo.  The lead guitar solo the band wrote for this song was amazing.        
10.) "Time" - This track opened with a simple intro arrangement.  Over the top of the intro leading into the musical verse there was a couple vocal accents.  There was a rhythm guitar arrangement for the musical verse.  The lyrical chorus had a very melodic sound to it.  Jeff carried the last note out of the second chorus.  After the second chorus there was a musical arrangement change.  Leading into the lead guitar solo there was two different rhythm guitar arrangements.  The lead guitar solo was more or less just several lead guitar notes strung together. 
11.) "Misfired" - This was a very well-written semi-ballad!
12.) "The Fall From Grace" - This track consisted of a basic intro arrangement.  There was an arrangement change for the musical verse.  There was a single rhythm guitar riff connecting the musical verse to the musical chorus.  For the second verse Jeff sings a duet with himself.  Right after the second chorus there was a very cool bass line that led to the lead guitar solo.  There was a small arrangement change for the musical coda. 
13.) "Awakened" - This track may have been one of the most intense songs I think I have heard JSS ever written! 

 

 

    Last year Jeff Scott Soto split his fan base with the formation of SOTO  and their release of the heavier 'Inside The Vertigo'.  Not since fronting The Yngwie Malmsteen Band have we seen this heavier side of Jeff. 
    Te sings on 'Divak' continues where 'Inside The Vertigo' left off.  In fact, these songs are even heavier with a modern metal feel.  Of the thirteen tracks on the CD there is only one ballad.  For this ballad if you are looking for the melodic ballads that you are used to hearing from Jeff then you might as well look elsewhere.
    I enjoy it when a artist shows their range and diversity.  'Divak' is an amazing release will thirteen great songs on it.  With that being said this for the utmost die hard Jeff Scott Soto fans.  If you are a fan of his melodic  material then you nay not like this and probably ought to stay away from it.  However, if you are a die-hard metal fan then it is well worth checking out!