Entwine Dieversity

Upping the quota of sardonic rock (à la Sentenced) this time out, Entwine are now a little less interested in bemoaning the sad, sorry heartbreaks of life and more attuned to the notion of kicking melancholia into a sense of mutual misery. Keyboard programming balances the weight of guitars in a call and answer kind of interaction that dominates the band’s latest record, with a string quartet breaking through mid-way to add a more melodramatic orchestral flourish. What’s most unsettling is vocalist Mika Tauriainen’s tonal affinity with Our Lady Peace’s Raine Maida. Other than that unexpected resemblance, Dieversity is pleasant enough, but more gloomily agreeable than exciting. (Magick)