|Review: Diabolical Masquerade - Death's Design|
Label: Avantgarde Music
Year released: 2001
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: September 3, 2001
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (9 Votes)
This is the fourth release from the dark abyss that is the mind of Blakkheim and the first one for his new label Avantegarde Music.
When I first listened to this album I wasn't really overly impressed but as I gave it a few more spins it really started to grow on me. I am glad I waited awhile to do the review to give it a little time. This is one of those albums that you have to listen to more than once to fully grasp all the intricacies involved. There is a lot going on, from quartet orchestration to jazz guitar parts and everything in between. I think what may have been the largest drawback to me at first was the fact that this album has 61 tracks that are split into 20 "movements". This makes it really hard to pick out a stand out track as it is basically all one large track and it forces you to really listen to this as a whole rather than as separate parts. Through subsequent spins I have really gotten to like this quite a bit. Even though the 61 tracks makes it difficult to pinpoint highlights I have noticed when listening to it as a whole the album actually flows really well with excellent guitar work and a little something for everyone. There are parts that will make the death metal fan all the way to old time 80's metal fan happy. Now whether as a whole it will make everyone happy is up for debate.
Overall I would say if you can handle listening to music that doesn't confine itself to one genre or another you would really enjoy this. I would recommend listening to this a few times before judging this as I am positive it will certainly grow on you.
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