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Miri Milman (System Divide)

Miri Milman (System Divide)

Miri Milman (System Divide)

Miri Milman (System Divide)

Miri Milman (System Divide)

Miri Milman (System Divide)

Miri Milman (System Divide)

Miri Milman (System Divide)

Miri Milman (System Divide)

Miri Milman (System Divide)

System Divide is an extreme modern metal/melodic death metal band, formed by the couple Sven de Caluwé (of Aborted) and Miri Milman (of Distorted), and originating and featuring members from Israel, Belgium and the US.

The band was started as project by newlyweds Sven de Caluwé of Belgian deathgrind band Aborted and Miri Milman of progressive gothic metal outfit Distorted in summer 2008, resulting in Miri leaving her position as lead vocalist in Distorted. Though, kept under a low profile in the beginning, the other band members and new information about the project was revealed later. Other members in the band included Cole Martinez on guitar, Andew Lenthe on bass and Mike Heller of Malignancy on drums, all from the US. In late 2008, the band entered Conquistador Recordings in Cleveland, Ohio to record their debut 4 track EP with guitarist Cole Martinez as producer. The EP was mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios in Denmark in April and May 2009. The EP, entitled The Collapse was self-released by the band on May 17, 2009. Shortly after the release of the EP, the band started writing material for their first full-length album. Shorty after, the band was signed to Metal Blade Records for a major label contract to release their debut full-length album in 2010. The band entered the studio to record the album The Conscious Sedation In November 2009, the band shot a music video for the first single from the EP - "The Apex Doctrine" with director Kevin James Custer in Brooklyn, New York. A trailer for the music video was uploaded by the band on November 17, 2009, promoting the soon to be released video, which wasn't released until August 2010 to coincide with the release of their debut album.

During the recording of their debut full-length album, The Conscious Sedation, the band recruited a lead guitarist - ex-Abigail Williams guitarist Michael Wilson, and changed producer to famed heavy metal producer and guitarist James Murphy. On June 2, 2010, it was announced that the mixing of the album was completed and that the album is being mastered and set for release on September 14, 2010. The band had its debut live show on July 21, 2010, in Tel Aviv, Israel at the Summer Carnage Fest alongside bands such as Aborted, The Fading, Whorecore, Missing In Action, Phantom Pain and more. Following their one-off Israeli show, the band went a Canadian cross-country tour in support of Aborted along with Augury, from August 19, 2010, up until September 6, 2010. Around the same time, guitarist Cole Martinez has decided to leave the band. Gregory Macklin was recruited to be the band's touring guitarist for the 2011 tours. On November 17, 2010, it was announced the band will be going on a 20 date full North American tour between February 1–26, 2011, in support of Eluveitie, along with 3 Inches of Blood and Holy Grail. During April 22–May 15, 2011, the band toured as part of Revolver Magazine's Hell Hath No Fury Tour with In This Moment, Straight Line Stitch and Sister Sin. Following the Hell Hath No Fury Tour in April–May 2011, it was announced that the band's bassist Andrew Lenthe has left the band. The band has recruit Andrei Aframov of Israeli death metal act Phantom Pain to be their touring bassist for the band's European appearances in October 2011. Mendel Bij de Leij was also recruited as an additional touring guitarist for these dates.

System Divide's musical style is mostly regarded as a combination of melodic death metal, gothic metal, groove metal and alternative metal with touches of metalcore, and elements taken from doom metal, symphonic metal, progressive metal and even electronic music. The band's debut EP The Collapse was promoted as extreme modern metal, comparing the band to such bands as Slipknot, Killswitch Engage, Soilwork, Opeth, Strapping Young Lad, Lacuna Coil, Arch Enemy, Dimmu Borgir, Whitechapel, Katatonia and Morbid Angel.

3.0 out of 5 stars System devide, July 23, 2011 By James Corvin - See all my reviewsAmazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Conscious Sedation (Audio CD) Good album. The female vocals are amazing but the male vocals from time to time become too much. The music is solid.

5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Debut., March 2, 2011 By David Snyder - See all my reviews (REAL NAME) Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Conscious Sedation (Audio CD) This bands first cd is a great start off. The music style mixes Svens talanted metal growls with Miris melodic vocals seamlessly. The guitar riffs are superb and drums are done really well. Im not usually a fan of the kind of bands where there are growling vocals featured through alot of the song but this bands hybrid of vocal styles is perfect for me. The music is a mix between metal blade/melodic metal. The tracks are 1. Vagarities of Perception. 2. An intoxicating Affair 3. Echoes 4. Apex Doctrine 5. Lethargy 6. (N)ether 7. Hollow 8. Purity in Imperfection 9. Repentitforget 10. The COnscious Sedation 11.Stagnet Progression Some of my faves are tracks 1,3,4,5,7,10 Its too bad the didnt put the song sealed shut from their EP on here but this is a great buy and one of my new favorite bands.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful: 5.0 out of 5 stars Best album of 2010, February 14, 2011 By Demigod - See all my reviewsAmazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Conscious Sedation (Audio CD) In my honest opinion, this was the best album of 2010. System Divide sounds different from every other band I have ever listened to. The combination of a male singer, a female singer, and an interesting combination of melodic metal with death metal made this one of my all time favorite albums. I would definitely recommend listening to them, and buying this CD if you like what you heard.

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful: 3.0 out of 5 stars Inconsistent, February 11, 2011 By Clifford G Lewis Jr - See all my reviewsAmazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Conscious Sedation (Audio CD) This album has a great sound and depth, but one thing is missing; consistency. This album is very inconsistent, and seems to drag on more than entertain. A few songs, including my personal fave "Echoes," are memorable; while others don't hold my attention. One thing that bothered me in this album is Miri's small part in the vocals. Her singing is above and beyond Sven's, and it shows in almost every song. I want more of her voice, and less of his. This album is in no sense bad, it just doesn't have the longevity to be considered great. Listen to it before you decide to buy.

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful: 2.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for fans of Lacuna Coil, December 7, 2010 By Rabid Lemming (Chico, CA) - See all my reviewsAmazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Conscious Sedation (Audio CD) Lol, amazon tricked me. This album does not rock. I don't even listen to it, ever. And I listen to my 300 albums all day long. Especially the new ones. It was not all that, and I don't know how it got on Amazon's recommended for me list. The bigname label must've payed them off so they could get some sold. That extra star is for those goth chicks who never grew out of it (wearing black leather and accessories that make you look like a dominatrix). This album's for you, babe.

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful: 5.0 out of 5 stars beautifull brutality, September 21, 2010 By J. Thomas "exumed2consume" (akron, OH) - See all my reviews (REAL NAME) This review is from: Conscious Sedation (Audio CD) Well i had high hopes for this album, especially after purchasing their EP a yr ago. But this just blew me away even more. Their main backround, obviously being melodic DM. But its all the other styles in the mix SD incorporates that makes their sound stand out. Brutal, technical, Industrial, melodic, goth, even some 80's style power metal(i.e Lethargy). And they do it flawlessly. Transitions from Brutal to the melody seems effortless. No band i've heard mixes so many stlyes, better than SD... The vocals reaaly stand out, but Mike Heller is just a beast on the drums. All his time changing , and technical work is jaw dropping at times. High contender for album of the yr for me. Highly recommend if you want something truly unique and fresh, but still kepping it brutal as anyone out there!