The Blood Divine
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|The Blood Divine|
Symphonic black metal
|Associated acts||Anathema, Cradle of Filth|
|Past members||Benjamin Ryan
Darren "Daz" White
William A. 'W.A.S.' Sarginson
The Blood Divine was a British Gothic metal band, founded in the summer of 1995 by Paul Allender, brothers Paul and Benjamin Ryan, after the three left Cradle of Filth during the recording of the V Empire (Or Dark Faerytales in Phallustein) EP and ousted Anathema singer Darren White. They recruited drummer William A. 'W.A.S.' Sarginson and bassist Steve Maloney and were quickly signed up by Peaceville Records.
Their debut album Awaken was recorded in early 1996 and released through Peaceville Records later that year. At the end of 1996 they toured throughout Europe with Cathedral and label mates, My Dying Bride. In the early summer of 1997 they recorded their second album, 'Mystica', and guitarist Paul Allender left the band to spend more time with his family (however he eventually rejoined Cradle of Filth). Mystica was released later that year, again through Peaceville Records. The album had less of a goth sound and more of a classic rock influenced progressive sound. The band continued and toured as a five piece, touring the UK with Orange Goblin supporting and then a short tour of Holland at the beginning of 1998. The band were looking to develop their sound and keyboard player Benjamin Ryan was told to leave the band in April 1998. However, this dismayed Paul Ryan, and shortly afterwards the band split up.
In 2002, Peaceville released The Blood Divine compilation album Rise Pantheon Dreams. The track list included songs from both Awaken and Mystica, as well as two previously-unreleased tracks ("Revolt" and "Forever Belongs"), a live version of "Aureole", and a live cover of The Osmonds' "Crazy Horses".
Allender later rejoined Cradle of Filth. Sarginson briefly joined Cradle of Filth before the band settled in with Swedish drummer Adrian Erlandsson, who was later replaced by Martin Škaroupka. In 2004 Darren White formed a new band, Serotonal.
- Benjamin Ryan - keyboards, organ, vocals (1995-1998)
- Paul Ryan - guitars (1995-1998)
- Darren "Daz" White - vocals (1995-1998)
- William A. 'W.A.S.' Sarginson - drums (1995-1998)
- Steve Maloney - bass (1995-1998)
- Paul Allender - guitars (1995–1996)