A while back, you might remember the article I wrote for Christ and Pop Culture about Tim Lambesis from As I Lay Dying. After that, Tom from Victory Records got in touch with me about writing about some releases. One of those was Darkness Divided and their first album Written in Blood (stream it here). As you might be able to tell from either the lyrics, imagery, or both, these guys are a Christian metalcore band. Also, if you’re curious, “metalcore” is the correct sub-genre to describe this music. Even more specifically, I’d almost call this “inspirational metalcore” because of the melodic passages and lyrical content. Usually this is a branch of metal specific to bands on Facedown Records, so I was surprised to run into in a release from Victory. They haven’t gotten much exposure from what I can tell, but maybe they just need another album under their belt. At the end of the day, like most metalcore, I’ve found the album a good gym companion, or on a day like this, writing music.