Divide and Dissolve

Location: Australia

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Divide and Dissolve is an instrumental doom metal band based in Melbourne, Australia. The band was founded by saxophone and guitarist Takiaya Reed, who is of Tsalagi and African-American heritage. From 2017 to 2022, its other member was percussionist Sylvie Nehill, who is of Māori and White-Australian heritage.In 2018, the music video for "Resistance" was removed from YouTube after it was criticised by a number of politicians and media outlets. The video features the band spitting and spraying urine-coloured water on monuments of colonial figures like Captain James Cook and John Batman. The video was subsequently reinstated, and YouTube apologised for the removal, stating, "When it’s brought to our attention that a video has been removed mistakenly, we act quickly to reinstate it."Following two albums released by Australian record label Dero Arcade, the band's third album Gas Lit was released on vinyl and CD by English-based Invada Records in 2021, after a digital release in 2020. The album was produced by Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Ruban Nielson.The band's fourth album, Systemic, also produced by Nielson, was released in 2023.While the bands songs are primarily instrumental, their song titles are often highly political, and in interviews they have referenced their wish for their music to "decolonising, decentralising, disestablishing, and destroying white supremacy."


2017 BASIC
2018 Abomination
2021 Gas Lit
2023 Systemic

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