HOLLENTOR – Divergency

Hollenter - Divergency album cover
  • 7.7/10
    HOLLENTOR - Divergency - 7.7/10


Label: Independent
Release date: February 17, 2023

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Every now and then and album comes out with little fanfare, almost no press and a whole lot of obscurity that has a lot to offer listeners. One such album is Massachusetts based guitarist Glen Poland’s new Hollentor – Divergency. From what can be gathered on his Facebook page, his goal was to make an album that sounded like it came straight out of 1987. While this reviewer is not quite sure if that goal was met, the record is a strong collection of Heavy Metal songs that are written in a traditional Metal style, and the album works.

About the Album

The record features a number of guest stars that Heavy Metal fans are more than familiar with like vocalist Henning Basse (Legions of the Night, ex-Firewind), and superstar guitarist George Lynch (ex-Dokken) adding their considerable talents. The nine songs are all straight ahead Heavy Metal, with melodic vocals and ripping lead guitars. The production is well done, and the album overall is a good listen from the very first spin.

Final Notes

The bottom line is that Hollentor – Divergency is a really good album with some well written/performed music. Glen Poland has brought in some great talent on every instrument to craft his second album, and the overall results are very positive. While the mix definitely does not sound 1980s, the songs do have that style that fans of the genre will enjoy. Hollentor is truly worth a listen, and you may find that this mostly unknown artist has a whole lot to offer.

Guitarist Glen Poland


Glen Poland – guitars
Henning Basse – vocals
Glen Drover – guest guitar solo
George Lynch – guest guitar solo
Eric Petersen – guest guitar solo
James LoMenzo – bass
Shawn Drover – drums

At The Heart Of Winter – Tracklist

  1. Behind The Wall
  2. Divergency
  3. Find The Light
  4. Judgment Day
  5. Kraken Awakens
  6. Lotus Eater
  7. Seize The Day
  8. Vikings Pride
  9. We Are Chosen


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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