Vocals – MoMo
Guitar – LeLe
Bass – Jeremy Toma
Drums – Diego Bertoni
01. Nobody’s Heaven
02. Black Death
03. Garden Of Exile
04. Low Est
05. Mother Witch
Formed in Milano during 2010, DI’AUL (read ‘The Owl’) released their first EP “GV 12.31” in 2010 and the first album “And Then Came the Monsters” in 2013, followed by their second opus, “Garden of Exile” (2015). The band is back with its new album titled “Nobody’s Heaven”.
Straight off the bat with the title track, the album makes its intentions clear: after an extended downbeat introduction, the aggression builds to a hard hitting crescendo that gets the listener ready for the rest of the album. Lots of big riffs, chugging headbanging and downtuning. Musically it reminds me of things like Danzig and maybe a bit Zakk Wylde at times, and a few phases remind me of post-90’s Metallica tracks (I mean that in a good way).
Vocally there’s a bit of a doubling effect that immediately sounds reminiscent of something released in the 90’s that I can’t quite put my finger on. MoMo’s vocals manage to balance between clean and growling, maintaining a masculine aggression but still being clear enough to understand.
Aside from some little flourishes and tempo changes (Low Est has an excellent outro riff), it’s a pretty straightforward thing to listen to. It’s full of steady and solid headbanging rhythms with plenty of slow and heavy muscle and is very easy to get into. The song lengths are around 6-8 minutes, but have changes within so they don’t get boring, although the chorus verse chorus layout is at times a bit odd as the layout is there but isn’t quite defined. I found myself a little lost listening to ‘Mother Witch’, as I couldn’t quite get the structure; there are clear shifts in tone, but they just seemed to throw me off.
Being the fourth release it’s clear the band have settled into their sound and this feels like a natural progression. It’s a confident album, it knows what it is and isn’t trying to explore any strange new territories, which is something I can appreciate as so many bands seem to be hooked on following trends or drastically changing their sound rather than just working on what they’re already good at.
Overall there are no unwanted surprises in Nobody’s Heaven, just solid, hard and heavy rock.