The Lima Division formed in 2018 in Northeastern Pennsylvania by husband-wife duo Bill and Kimberly Lima. Does their band name imply they are separated and are making music to keep it together? That was a joke. The duo doesn’t make saccharine sounding love songs which I often hear from married couples who make music. They make driving music that is a mix between hard rock, industrial and synth pop on their release Pneuma.
The music generally felt like a couple different artists. I often thought of NIN when it came to music but the vocals certainly are not. Kimberly reminded me of some of the female rock vocalists I grew up on like Patti Smith and the Wilson sisters from Heart. She has that confident vibe to her voice that you just don't’ hear that much these days.
I enjoyed the album as a whole but there were a number of songs which I felt they nailed. The opener “War Crimes” does a good job mixing industrial and hard rock. I liked the driving energy and hook.
“Wicked” might be the highlight. The combination of pads, arpeggiated synths and distorted guitars work very well. I would say this song soars. After this song the album for the most part slows down although there are some hard hitting songs like”These Pills.” There are some ballads and by the end I felt like I was listening to two different bands. Songs like “Local” and “Lonely World” sounded a little out of place just because it seemed like a 180 in terms of color, tone and vibe. That being ballads were also very written and performed.
As an engineer myself I would say this is a mixed album in terms of recording quality. Some songs have more clarity than others and there are some issues with RMS levels. For these type of technical issues a professional mastering engineer can do a lot to help.
Overall, there are some great songs on this album. I thought the songwriting, instrumentation and delivery was top notch. Take a listen.
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