Diabolical – Eclipse

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label URL: https://shop.indierecordings.no
Released: 2019
Buy Album [URL]: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Eclipse-Diabolical/dp/B07KZBRYKF/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1549813711&sr=8-1&keywords=diabolical+eclipse
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/diabolicalofficial/

Band Line-up:

Sverker Widgren.
Carl Stjärnlöv.
Dan Darforth.
Pär Johansson.

Tracklisting:

1. WE ARE DIABOLICAL
2. BETRAYAL
3. BLACK SUN
4. FAILURE
5. INCEPTION
6. HUNTER
7. TYRANNI
8. THE FIRE WITHIN
9. REQUIEM

Review:

Diabolical are a blackened death metal band on the Indie Records label and their sixth LP ‘Eclipse’ will be released on February 15th. It is a concept album about the dark side of humanity and it forces the listener to confront his own evil side. (Well, if the lyrics could actually be understood, that is. It doesn’t really matter if they’re in English they just sound like random screams most of the time). After forming in Sweden more than twenty years ago, their brand of sophisticated, mature metal is more vital than ever.

This music certainly is evil sounding and rather fittingly to its concept, it also has many moments of dark contemplation. These come in the form of clean though tortured sounding vocals that go with the colourful, yet black harmony in very intelligent ways. This is not brainless music about simply killing people and sticking only to riffs without a sense of harmony, this is material that is far more adventurous.

Orchestral instruments and choirs help deliver the more melodic parts of the music in a less fuzzy and messy sounding way than extra guitars can do, and add to the eeriness. Having said that, the song structures are just a little on the safe side. If you’re looking for epic 10 minute long masterpieces or longer, you may be disappointed. The songs do develop well, but for such an arty mission into the unknown, you may expect something with more surprises and more extreme varying textures. However, the music does flow very well and there is absolutely nothing ‘off’ about it.

To sum up, this is good music, but it could do with some more twists and turns. The way the tempo speeds up and slows down in the ending section of ‘Hunter’ is exactly what this album could do with more. It is a very unique and captivating sound that fits the strangeness of the human psyche. What aren’t so interesting are the cliched, rhythmically simple double pedal beats and the highly recycled cookie monster vocals. Does the world really need more of them? There is far more to the drums and singing than them, but still, they’ve been abused for decades. Despite that fact, I do know that many still love them. All in all, a highly respectable album.

 

Review by Simon Wiedemann
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