December 21st, 1970 - May 4th, 2012
Our story of Rob Doherty, a metal brother and mentor of DIVINITY
Back in 1999, in Calgary, Alberta, DIVINITY moved out of Sean's parent's basement and into their first jam space. They just so happened to be moving in right beside a band called PERICARDIUM. This was how they met and became good friends with Rob. They were schooled in Death Metal by Rob; blown away with his brutal riffage and heavy vocal style. The boys were always hanging out in Rob's jam space watching him play his brand of heavy metal and learning about other extreme bands such as CRYPTOPSY and SKINLESS.
Eventually, DIVINITY were lucky enough to play a couple shows with PERICARDIUM in that time and learned a lot about stage presence and tight performances from his band.
PERICARDIUM playing with DIVINITY at The Back Alley in Calgary (2002)
Rob then left Calgary and moved to back to Regina, Saskatchewan (his hometown) where he joined up with INTO ETERNITY to become a major part of that band. Again, DIVINITY got the honor and pleasure of playing multiple shows across Western Canada with Rob & IE over the next few years.
Rob then started a new project of his own called FINAL DARKNESS. DIVINITY became instant fans and would have gladly played shows with his latest project.
On Friday, May 4, 2012 at age 41 years, Rob Doherty passed away. Rob has been a metal brother to DIVINITY for years and years. They are sad to see Rob Doherty leave far too soon! He will never be forgotten by anyone that met him, played a show with him, or got to see him perform. He is in our thoughts forever.
CHECK OUT SOME OLD VIDEOS OF ROB DOHERTY
Why we chose to cover 'The Dead Speak From Beyond' by Pericardium
Just before the time when DIVINITY had decided to move into their first jam space, James and Sean were avid listeners of a local radio station - CJAY 92.1 FM - which had a metal show called "The Anvil" that was put on weekly by local DJ, Graeme Reaper.
During one of The Anvil shows, a local act by the name of PERICARDIUM was showcased and they played the song 'The Dead Speak From Beyond' from the album 'Anthems of Anger'
James and Sean were blown away that a local band could sound so heavy yet have melodic parts along with technical interludes. This song inspired them immensely only to soon become great friends with Rob.
Rob Doherty influenced DIVINITY in many ways. He was the first person to show them what Death Metal was all about. He always had a smile and good things to say to the band and always showed respect for everything that DIVINITY did.
As DIVINITY was beginning to build up new music in 2012, they had learned about Rob's sudden passing and felt they had to do something to pay tribute to all the positive influence he had among the band. So it became obvious to make the song 'The Dead Speak From Beyond' a DIVINITY song and keep the legacy of Rob Doherty & PERICARDIUM alive and strong.
The Dead Speak From Beyond Lyrics
I'm slipping away the end's in sight
As I sit and think of days gone by
Memories are laughed and cried
But there's so much left unsaid inside
When you surfaced on the other side
Did you send a message?
A vision of your travel through my dreams
If we could only discuss these things
When you were near me
But now you're gone
The dead speak from beyond
I snap from the pressure, once again, boiling inside
A blanket of darkness is all I see
Visions, I want to curl up and die
But I hear your voice inside of me
I'm slipping away the end's in sight
CHECK OUT THE ORIGINAL VERSION OF 'MEDIATION III' & 'THE DEAD SPEAK FROM BEYOND' FROM THE ALBUM 'ANTHEMS OF ANGER' BY PERICARDIUM
The Dead Speak From Beyond
A few thoughts on this song
We did not want to just simply re-record the song and put it out. We really wanted to make it our own yet give the song the respect it deserves. We have actually incorporated another song called 'Meditation III' which is the song that precedes 'The Dead Speak From Beyond' from the original album. We hope you enjoy both the new version and the original version.
We would like to thank the following people for all of their support...
To really capture the power and emotion of this song it took numerous people involved and we want to make sure that everyone knows how grateful we are for their hard work and support!