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Review: Diabolical - Umbra

Label: ViciSolum Productions
Year released: 2016
Duration: 22:26
Tracks: 4
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 2.5/5

Review online: January 2, 2017
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)

Diabolical have been around for a while, but I am not too familiar with them. This is an EP put out in the wake of their last album, Neogenesis, which came out in 2013. There's a lot of elements going on here, and not all of them really work. This is almost progressive metal, with a lot of melodic flourishes and some off-kilter riffing like Enslaved's later works. The guitar tone is dry and uptuned, wringing out tremolo riffs that are almost Black Metal in tone. There are also some highly melodic guitar passages that are like melodeath, and some badly done clean-sung parts covered in effects. This is like more eclectic bands like Septicflesh, but without the really adventurous songwriting that makes work like that entertaining. This is more like music that just refuses to settle and be any one thing, and it's kind of annoying.

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