|Review: Diabulus in Musica - The Wanderer|
Label: Napalm Records
Year released: 2012
Genre: Gothic Metal
Review online: April 7, 2012
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)
It is no secret that I truly enjoy female-fronted Heavy Metal, whether it is Symphonic Metal a la Nightwish, Power Metal like Crystal Viper and Triosphere, or Gothic Metal like Autumn. It's all good in my book. The unwieldy named Diabulus in Musica, from Spain, fall into the Gothic/Symphonic hybrid genre and rely on the "beauty and the beast" style of clean female/harsh male vocals. These ride over straightforward songs that feature keyboards and guitars in equal, finely synchronized measure. Everything is clean, precise and flawlessly executed, just what you expect from this genre. The songs are not unlike what you might hear from Epica, Imperia, Voices of Destiny or a hundred other bands, which is actually what I find most wrong with The Wanderer. There is nothing remotely memorable other than the beautiful acoustic title track that closes out the album. Nothing that makes you say "oh, that's Diabulus in Musica." There is obviously no shortage of talent in the band, but it is wasted on The Wanderer's generic songs.
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