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- Diabolicanos - Act III: Armageddon - Claudia Ehrhardt - 7 stars

Diabolicanos - Act III: Armageddon

Diabolicanos - Act III: Armageddon
(Conquer Records - 2008)

This Polish black metal outfit combines bombastic black metal with death metal elements, but also add some thrashy riffs. The band was founded back in 2000 and released a demo in 2002. Their debut Plurima Mortis Imago was released three years later. Now they are back with their sophomore work Diabolicanos - Act III: Armageddon. The album kicks off heavy with T.H.O.R.N.S. and after some blasting beats they reduce speed a bit. A blend of death metal and symphonic black metal is given by Devilish Impressions, but there are also some melodic backing vocals... The Polish quartet combine elements in their own way - and so it partly sounds a bit strange. The opening of Rex Inferni reminds me for a moment of Paradise Lost at Icon times....Soon they move on, but they have a slight gothic metal touch - partly due to the clean vocals. The growls have something venomous... And build a sharp contrast to the symphonic keyboard parts - and the loony laughter.... Tales Of Babylon's Whore starts with some strange noises... Some gurgling sounds, some iron dragged along and screams... In the beginning the song is mid-tempo, dragging along, then storming on with blasting riffs and mean, deep growls. During the chorus it get almost catchy... Cool lead guitar part. Diabolicanos is hooking you up, perhaps as it has a bit more gothic and less black metal attacks... Actually I think they are best when they take off speed and get a bit more symphonic, short blast attacks aren't a problem at all. But the songs are more memorable when they don't push down the accelerator. On Natas Ro Dog On Si Ereht (Of Plagues And Blasphemy) they use a different drum pattern and choir in the beginning which gives the songs something unique. Interesting blend.
It seems that the band isn't sure which way to choose... At songs like Rex Inferni the style mix works quite good, even the devilish laughter fits in.. Or listen to Diabolicanos to get an idea of their sound. In my opinion they should turn that way and they will get more attention, but perhaps they proof me wrong.... Everybody who is open for this mix of styles shall check the Polish out, but everybody who is in pure black metal will be disappointed, I guess....

7 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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