Origin: Boca Raton, Florida, USA  
Genres: Death Metal
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Page online: January 11, 2005
Last update/review: December 12, 2005

Divine Empire

Divine Empire was formed in 1997 by a trio of guys all with ties to Malevolent Creation, briefly all at the same time (they appeared together on that band's In Cold Blood). They all left MC at different times for various reasons, eventually deciding to come together to form their own band. It'd be easy, then, to say they sound like MC, and while there are similarities, labelling them a simple clone would be incorrect -- it's better to reference both bands as card-carrying members of the esteemed Floridian death metal scene. Divine Empire isn't radically different from other bands on the scene, but they execute quite well, with now-new drummer Duane Timlin excelling on their recent Nostradamus album. An above-average death metal band, well recommended to those into the Floridian style of brutal death metal.

Shortly following the release of their fourth album, Method Of Execution, a split occurred within the Divine Empire camp, with Jason Blachowicz going one way and J.P. Soars and Duane Timlin the other. Both claim to have recruited appropriate replacement members, and in fact both have claimed to be the real Divine Empire. Blachowicz's lineup is shown below.

Last Lineup

Jason Blachowicz

bass/vocals (ex-Malevolent Creation)

Marco Martell

guitars (ex-Malevolent Creation)

Chris Defaut


David Kinkade


Former Members/Guests

John Paul Soars

guitars (ex-Malevolent Creation, ex-Paingod)

Derek Roddy

drums (ex-Aurora Borealis, ex-Council Of The Fallen, ex-Hate Eternal, ex-Malevolent Creation, Menace, guest for Nile)

Alex Marquez

drums (ex-Demolition Hammer, ex-Malevolent Creation, ex-Resurrection, Solstice, ex-Sargon)

Duane Timlin

drums (ex-Dying Fetus, ex-Judas Iscariot)


1998 Serious
  1. The Awakening (Intro)
  2. Hidden Hatred
  3. Out For Blood
  4. Witness To Terror
  5. Redemption
  6. Silent Carnage
  7. Induced Expulsion
  8. Born Of Sin
  9. Criminal Instinct
  10. Draped In Black
  11. Pray For Deliverance
  • Jason Blachowicz
  • John Paul Soars
  • Derek Roddy

Doomed To Inherit  
2000 Olympic
  1. War Torn
  2. Repulsive
  3. Dead And Martyred
  4. Birth Of Legends
  5. Murder Suicide
  6. Truth Be Denied
  7. Self Inflicted
  8. Blood Of Nations
  9. Mandatory Punishment
  10. The Culprit
  • Jason Blachowicz
  • John Paul Soars
  • Alex Marquez

2004 Century Media
  1. Sacrifice In Vain
  2. Ravaged
  3. Tribulation
  4. They Rise
  5. Manifestation
  6. Season Of Extinction
  7. The Pain Remains
  8. Basher
  9. Aggravated Battery
  10. Cuidate Del Traidor
  • Jason Blachowicz
  • John Paul Soars
  • Duane Timlin

Method Of Execution  
2005 Century Media
  1. Vowed Revenge
  2. The Mauler
  3. Surgical Strike
  4. Dungeon Mask
  5. Shadow Of Violence
  6. Prelude To The Storm
  7. Storm Of Hatred
  8. Random Beheadings
  9. Incarcerated
  10. Judge, Jury & Executioner
  11. Terror Zone
  12. Sanctionized Homicide
  13. Impervious Deception
  14. Kill The King
  15. Murderous
  16. Reduced To Ashes
  • Jason Blachowicz
  • John Paul Soars
  • Duane Timlin

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