Diktatur – La Voie du Sang

Rating: 2/5
Distributor/label:  Melancholia Records
Distributor/label URL: http://www.melancholia-records.com/
Released: 2017
Buy Album: http://bit.ly/2eLY3Fy
Band Website: https://diktatur.bandcamp.com/

Band Line-Up:

Aizko (AKA Rogkterror) – Guitar, Bass, Keyboard
Thorgis – Drums


1. Foudroyé
2. L’hymne à la guerre
3. Révélation
4. Dernier soupir
5. Légions
6. Larmes de tranchées
7. Interlude
8. Valse macabre
9. La voie du sang
10. Revanche
11. L’étendard glorieux
12. Les Oubliés


It was Aristotle who said that all virtues lie in between two vices.  There is a lot of truth in this.  The classic example is of telling the truth; no-one would want people to be brutally honest in absolutely every occasion.  Even for, arguably, less important things such as music, it’s important to strike a balance – too polished and it sounds inauthentic, too raw and simplistic and it sounds a bit crap.  Diktatur are the final camp.

This is technically, but also technically not, the first album from the French group.  Formed in 2008, this album was recorded but only half-heartedly released.  The second album was conceived but never fully recorded and then due to ‘personal issues’ never completed and the first album was kinda forgotten about.  Last year they brought out an EP and now the first album has been remastered, rearranged and re-released.Stylistically this is very definitely black metal.  It’s heavy and it’s dark, but it’s also more than a little but boring.

Musically the riffs are fairly uninspiring and there’s not very much variation.  The tracks are sloppy and it all sounds tinny and unamazing.  It is important to understand that this is a first album, still, so perhaps I should give them a  bit of a break, but given what France is capable of producing, I think these guys have a little way to go before they are any more than line-up fillers.

Review by Bob Davidson