Diabolical - Umbra

Ever since Diabolical was formed in Sundsvall, Sweden, in 1996 the band has caused confusion among the narrow-minded, constantly progressing refusing to do the expected. Already with their early efforts "Deserts of Desolation" (mini album, 2000) and "Synergy" (2001) Diabolical stood out as something different from the death metal bands coming up at the time, representing something unwilling to be categorized easily. The reception from fans and media was very good, resulting in a lot of coverage in major metal press at the time!

This short but very tempting release from Diabolical reveals some very black meal traits musically with rambling and monumental blast beats that reach a colossal pitch within seconds! Requiem is an epic track with good strong harmonies and a bitter low toned snarl that is matched equally by superb riffs that leave their mark and also leave the ears sizzling! It holds deeply disturbing and sinister patterns within its contagious revelling. Diaspora is tempered with evil and defiantly takes bold slow and ambling steps towards its goal of destruction. The moodiness lavishes its character in a fierce portrayal of rabid gnawing. Tremor gives way to a sampled voice revealing a problem and that problem is ‘fear’ of which we all have. The sparse haunting strings add to the melancholy and deeply disturbing rhythms. It is a very clever track that outlines a strong diversity within the band. Decline leaves the previous track behind and goes scuttling off in a passionate vibrancy. It sees once more a damaging vocal come into play that seethes menacingly and draws the ears into submission.

Just four tracks isn’t enough to fully appreciate the bands endeavours – although there are plenty more offerings to be had! It is a very precise and creative E.P that more than just whet’s the appetite although that is all you get here and could be called a diabolical liberty!

Diabolical know just how to torment and leave the listener wanting more!

  1. Requiem
  2. Diaspora
  3. Tremor
  4. Decline