Diabulus in Musica – Argia17th April 2014
Full of eerie music backing vocals that sound like something from a medieval chant, complete with contrapuntal textures and baroque-esque harmonies, modal lyrics and very folksy instrumental passages using flutes and zithers, the opening track of Argia, Ex Ressurexit (Libera Me) is nothing if not atmospheric.
This intro, however, only shows one of many different states that Diabulus in Musica go through. From the Embers is a heavy, symphonic track, using both the operatic female vocals of Zuberoa Aznárez and contrasting death metal-style growls and screams. This multiplicity of genres is evident throughout the entire album, synth, progressive and heavy metal styles nestle alongside classical styles, medieval pseudo-religious sounds and folk melodies and instrumentation.
Argia features guest appearances from fellow members of the European metal scene, including Ailyn Gimenez from Norwegian death metal act Sirenia providing a second set of vocals on Furia de Libertad, and Thomas Vikström, who has sung on albums from various metal acts.
The album has a good balance with the way that the songs are written, amalgamating the different styles together with ease. However, I personally have never been a fan of the heavier, death metal style of vocal, which goes some way to tarnish this album, yet they’re infrequent enough for them to give the band a certain heavier quality, which sets them apart from many similar artists.
- Et Resurrexit (Libera Me)
- From the Embers
- Inner Force
- Furia de Libertad (feat. Ailyn Gimenez)
- Sed Diabolous
- Spoilt Vampire
- Eternal Breeze
- Mechanical Ethos
- Encounter at Chronos’ Maze (feat. Thomas Vikstrom)
14th April 2014
For fans of
Nightwish, Delain, Within Temptation, Symphonic gothic metal