Divide and Dissolve live headline UK/EU dates approaching



Divide and Dissolve are returning to Europe with headline dates and select festival appearances in support of the celebrated 2021 album Gas Lit released by Invada. Dates and details below.


10-11 NL Utrecht @ Le Guess Who festival
12-11 BE Kortrijk @ Sonic City festival
13-11 UK London @ Oslo
14-11 UK Manchester @ White Hotel
15-11 UK Newcastle @ Star & Shadow
16-11 SCO Glasgow @ Hug & Pint
17-11 IRE Dublin @ Whelans
19-11 CH Bern @ Saint Ghetto festival
20-11 FR Paris @ Petit Bain
21-11 FR Clermont Ferrand @ Raymond Bar
22-11 FR Lyon @ Le Sonic
23-11 IT Ravenna @ Bronson
24-11 IT Varese @ Circolo Gagarin
25-11 AT Innsbruck @ PMK
26-11 AT Graz @ Orhpeum Extra
28-11 AT Vienna @ Venster 99
29-11 CZ Prague @ Underdogs
30-11 DE Dresden @ Ostpol
01-12 DE Berlin @ Urban Spree

Divide and Dissolve create instrumental music that is both heavy and beautiful, classically influenced yet thrillingly contemporary, and powerfully expressive and communicative. It has the ability to speak without words, and utilises frequencies to interact with the naturally occurring resonance.

The Ruban Neilson (Unknown Mortal Orchestra) produced album Gas Lit is a powerful example of their message; to undermine and destroy the white supremacist colonial framework and to fight for Indigenous Sovereignty, Black and Indigenous Liberation, Water, Earth, and Indigenous land given back.


Mary-Anne Hobbs has been a major champion of Divide and Dissolve and Gas Lit, frequently supporting the band on her daytime BBC 6 Music show and the New Music Fix show. 

“Even though Gas Lit is entirely lyric-free (aside from the early-album spoken-word interlude, which addresses the familiarly metal idea of spreading ideologies in a familiarly metal poeticism), Divide and Dissolve’s massive third album feels particularly directed at certain oppressive forces with the duo pounding the shit out of their drums and the pairing of droning guitar providing the perfect complement, all in contrast with the ominous, neoclassical woodwinds that introduce several of the tracks—seemingly a symbol of colonial refinement—before getting entirely wiped out in the storm.“ – Flood Mag ‘Best albums of 2021 so far

“It is not often that you find an act able to walk this thin line between heavy and beautiful music, but that is what Divide and Dissolve deliver with Gas Lit.” – Pop Matters Best New Heavy Metal Albums of 2021)

“As steadfastly political as they are extremely loud, Melbourne-based Takiaya Reed and Sylvie Nehill’s brand of instrumental protest music rails against white supremacy via clattering, soul-shaking sonic assaults. Surely there has never been a more apt time to be working in the genre known as “doom”? Prove It is a muscular, majestic example of this relentless fringe metal offshoot.”  – The Guardian  (Best Track of the week) 

“a remarkable listen…There’s an unnerving magic and beauty that plays throughout their harsh noise, like a dense mist lifting off a still river….Through glowing stasis and solemn ceremony, Divide and Dissolve’s sonics of despair and destruction have been crafted into a remarkably life-affirming experience, and it’s never been more needed.” – 4★★★★ NME 

“Divide and Dissolve invest their dense and driven music with a unique perspective. These days, addressing race and gender in doom metal is considered extreme in itself; with Gas Lit the duo demonstrates that extremity is not just found through deftly executed blastbeats and downtuned riffs, but within the decision to create music that defies categorisation.” – The Wire

“Through their monolithic riffs, feedback and Sylvie Nehill’s raw drumming, guitarist Takiaya Reed gently weaves strands of subtle but suspenseful saxophone melodies that reverberate like a distant call from the past, sent out by Mother Earth herself. There lies a primal power in Gas Lit, an ability to both rip open and heal our wounds.“ – 10/10 Metal Hammer 

“Melbourne doom duo Divide and Dissolve fight for Black and Indigenous liberation using torrential noise “to undermine and destroy the white supremacist colonial framework.” Across the incendiary instrumental tracks of their third album, Gas Lit, guitarist Takiaya Reed and drummer Sylvie Nehill use sirening saxophones and blown-out drone metal to set systemic injustices ablaze.” – Pitchfork

“Divide and Dissolve’s third full-length, Gas Lit, is a galaxy of tones and feelings. Takiaya Reed’s layered saxophone lines are pretty, but they also ache with something incredibly familiar and yet indescribable, an extra weight. Even when Reed’s crushing guitars enter, the saxophone remains. Nehill’s booming drums don’t drive it away, either. It’s heavy.“ – Stereogum

“All eight tracks seethe with a potency capable of pulverizing the outmoded lineage of the very genres that define them. Gas Lit contains no lyrics but speaks volumes.” – 5/5 Bust Magazine

“Divide and Dissolve certainly offer something out of the ordinary…Gas Lit holds on to the integrity of those past releases, but they’ve notably added a few extra weights to their crushing minimalism with more robust production and a renewed sense of abyssal hypnotism…this group means a lot – they’re a tacit reminder that metal’s expressive potential is limitless.” – 8/10 Loud and Quiet

“A spoken word call to arms from Minori Sanchiz-Fung that’s hardly an invitation to Glee Club, a brooding beauty gradually emerges from within the extreme heaviness, captured with unerring clarity by Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Ruban Nielson. Dissonant yet heavenly, Gas Lit is an album that seethes, soothes, liberates and bewitches in equal measures.” – 4★★★★ Mojo

“Billed as being “for fans of” various Black writers, ceramicists, philosophical concepts, states of being, natural phenomena and precisely one musician (Adrienne Davies, from Earth). The worthwhile point implicitly made by this list, about the cultural limitations niche metal subgroups suffer in the name of their self-regard, may serve to mask how weighty and punishing this album can get.” – The Quietus

“As Divide and Dissolve, Reed and Nehill transform their righteous anger into an amplifier-wrecking primal scream of droning guitar and feedback through their unique alchemy of neo-classical composition and heavy doom.” –  Bandcamp (Album of the Day)  

“The music on the albums is direct power and sheer fury and will leave listeners thrust into oblivion, bombarded with beautifully dissonant notes as levels are set to 11.” – Ghettoblaster 

“Divide and Dissolve unfurl one of the most powerful and unsettling tracks of 2020: ‘Denial’, bearing shades of Tuxedomoon, Dead Can Dance, and Nine Inch Nails, encapsulates a powerful message in its tone.  The track boasts a potent blend of ominous sax blowing wide open into colossal heavy metal-soaked riffs. It is at once sophisticated, primal, ecstatic, and heartbreaking… The end of the track breaks apart into staticky cacophony, broken notes floating in the aether, hoping for healing.” – Post-Punk com

“Takiaya Reed and Sylvie Nehill mostly let their effects-drenched guitar, saxophone and drums do the talking on this impressively ferocious debut via pulverising sludge-rock instrumentals like “Denial” and “Prove It.” – Uncut 

“Whether you find it in the ever expanding depth of a single guitar with tones stacked over the other, or soundscapes intricately tended to keep the listener investigative, the duo crafts their composition with precision.”  – Treblezine

“You leave Gas Lit feeling like every second of music on this album has been carefully thought through to best represent the themes. Gas Lit is not only an excellent album, it’s an important one that demands repeat listens. Divide and Dissolve are without a doubt one of the most talented doom and experimental bands active today and the fact that they are using this platform to stand up for something makes it all the more vital.” – 10/10 – Distorted Sound

“An exhilarating, powerful assembly of sounds designed to erode the foundations of colonialism and liberate the land for indigenous communities, instrumental activists Divide and Dissolve‘s second album Gas Lit smoulders with a righteous fury…a majestic and moving effort to do so.” – Get In Her Ears

“To hear Gas Lit is to take your clothes off and walk into the sea, to dig your toes and hands into the Earth. It is history, it is future, it is necessary and to spend time with it is to address what it is to be human.”  – Louder Than War

“Multi-instrumentalists Takiaya Reed and Sylvie Nehill shape their droning guitar riffs and drums into experimental doom-filled sonic darts titled with the ideas they want to drill into listeners’ heads. “Cultural Extermination.” “Black Supremacy.” “Assimilation. Mostly without words, the duo creates music and participates in actions as art — all to encourage the listener or viewer to contemplate how to end racism.” – Medium/Momentum 

“Boasting ferocious guitars, Boris-level feedback and urgent, propulsive drums, it’s a joyous listening experience for those who love the more experimental edges of metal… Luckily, Divide and Dissolve have made it easy, even addictive, to listen to the record and peel back the layers. But in pulling away the layers, new horrors always appear. Don’t fear them, run to them, destroy them.” – MXDWN 

“Crafting moments of punishing force and beauty. Their music may be wordless but their intent is clear.” – Brooklyn Vegan

“The real core of this album is a throbbing wall of sound, unrelenting and uncompromising. Not unlike a black hole, nothing escapes the bleak power of this sound.” – Aiding and Abetting