|Review: Diabolus - Diabolus|
Year released: 2012
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: January 12, 2013
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 3.2/5 (64%) (5 Votes)
This is a debut disc from this two-man band from New York/Jersey. Deeply invested in the sound of the Second Wave, this band has all the features you would expect, from the tinny, trebly production to the raspy vocalizing. There are some cool melodies worked into this, and the general pace of the songs is slower and moodier than anything blasty. The recording varies from song to song, as this was likely recorded at different times and places. The songs with a heavier, more raw production sound much better than the ones that are more wasp-sounding, like the opener "Descent Into Darkness". Songs like "Black Mass" and "Burn the Church" come across better, with a thicker, fuzzier sound.
There's nothing here you haven't heard, but if you enjoy primitive stuff like Ritual, then this will hold hidden pleasures for you, as there is some good songwriting here, and the sound is dark, dirty, and raw. An underground pleasure.
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