Toni Benedetti-Martin – Darkness Divine & Hordes X (interview)

All the members of Darkness Divine have a wide taste in music, so there’s a pretty good overlap in what we like to listen to and what we write” vocalist, Toni Benedetti-Martin, begins to explain of the band’s eclectic  sound.  “There was never any hard and fast rules about what we wanted to sound like, but we had all been in bands previously, and met playing the same gigs, so we knew we liked what each other did. Mostly metal. We are very riff-driven, and the vocals steer more of a song’s nuances than its structure. Once we have each component of the song (verse, chorus, etc), then we like to try something new vocally, or more of something we liked before, and just keep at it until we’re thinking, “Damn, that’s it!

The Glasgow based outfit recently pulled together their own tour, to take this sound out on the road, and see what the metal community made of this sound in the live environment.

TBM: Our UK tour feels like so long ago! Being part of such a small scene here in Glasgow, it was tough getting people out to see us. Manchester was especially good though. The guys in Prognosis always look after us, and they pulled in a mighty crowd that rocked the fuck out while we were on. The Scottish leg of the tour was also pretty special, getting to hang out and play with the guys in A Ritual Spirit and Multistorey Lover night after night. I’d say our only disappointment was not having more people to play to each night, but I think we’ll always feel that way – never enough!

Photo credit: Calum McMillan @ Gingersnaps Scotland

Even just the three bands mentioned above show what a wide variety of shows DD play, in terms of genre. It seems like people may struggle to pin them down..?

TBM: People have difficulty pinning down what bracket we fit into? WE have difficulty pinning our sound down! And we don’t intend to change that; if it was easy, no-one would have much to talk about, and there’s no way we’re going to limit ourselves to try and be pinned down. We want to make crowds sing, dance, pit, clap, scream and throw their horns. We want to make you shut up and listen, and get into it. We want to be more than just music: Darkness Divine is an experience.

This is attitude is reflected very well in their growing collection of music videos, which, it has to be said, are pretty close to an experience themselves.

TBM: We aim to make each music video bigger and better than the last. We’ve got some talented friends we want to promote as much as take advantage of, and that’s part of how we want to be perceived. Visuals make up so much of how viewers understand what you’re trying to do, so we want to show how much we love what we do, and how much we’ve got to offer from ourselves, and our community. And wear a tonne of face paint.


For anyone who hasn’t yet seen them live, you can be sure they are going to tear open that main stage on September 28th (and up in Inverness on the Sunday). If you can’t make that, there’s plenty more action on the way!

TBM: We’re going to bring to Dundee what we bring to every single show: a performance of banging metal that grips you by the throat until the last song. We’re gearing up for our first album, and you can expect more big vocals, heavier riffs, and all that good Darkness Divine noise.

Venue: Beat Generator Live, North Lindsay St., Dundee
Artists: Krysthla, Bloodyard, Dog Tired, Ramage Inc., Threshold Sicks, Seed Of Sorrow, Dominicide, The Starry Wisdom Cult, Evil Blood, Catalysis,Volcano X, Darkness Divine, Melted Messiah
Promoter: Slow Dragon Music
Doors: 3:20pm
Entry: £10 (no booking fee)
Ages: 14+
Tickets available from wegottickets
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See also the Hordes X Outreach programme:

Venue: Nice ‘N’ Sleazy, Sauchiehall St., Glasgow
Artists: Krysthla, Dominicide, Centrilia, Burning The Dream
Promoter: Goddamned Promotions
Doors: 7pm
Entry: £8 (STBF)
Ages: 18+
Tickets available from Tickets Scotland

Venue: Monty’s Bar, Guildhall St., Dunfermline
Artists: Bloodyard, Melted Messiah, Nadé
Promoter: Noise Night
Doors: 8pm
Entry: Free
Ages: 18+

Venue: The Market Bar, Church St., Inverness
Artists: Krysthla, Seed Of Sorrow
Promoter: N/A
Doors: 10pm
Entry: Free
Ages: 18+


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