DIABOLICAL (Sweden) “Ars Vitae” CD review by www.brutalism.com

DIABOLICAL (Sweden) “Ars Vitae” CD review

by www.brutalism.com

By Paul Maddison

This album, all 19 tracks is part live album with four new studio tracks, and as another bonus, a remastered version of the bands ‘Deserts of Desolation’ EP. Diabolical from Sweden, are one of those bands that have sat under the radar for years, when lesser bands have rose up and taken the limelight. Feeding your music frenzy with rabid death/thrash these gents are both technical wizards and forthright in their annihilation of the live stage. Musically, the sound is perfect, perhaps too perfect, but what you can hear is the crystal clear live musicianship, hardly ever dropping any notes. Crushing classics like ‘Children of the Mushroom Cloud’ from their second full length ‘A Thousand Deaths’. Other earlier material standing out is ‘Ashes II’, this is rather good, and it has to be because I actually thought ‘Synergy’ was a good release, unlike popular opinion! The newer tracks, namely the first four, are that bit slower, but very powerful with it. There is an almost doomy desolation in the mix, but the vocals well and truly make their mark. The album title roughly translates to the “Art of Life”, I guess that is why the foetus is featured! The only negative I would comment on is that this appears to be a live album from different shows, there is no flow into subsequent tracks, the mix is a definite stop gap between songs, and this kills the atmosphere you would hope to gain from a live album as is the main reason for my rating. This quirk aside, ‘Ars Vitae’ is a release that showcases Diabolical’s talented discography, and also manages to bring you up to date with the bands current ideas.

Review link: www.brutalism.com/content/diabolical-ars-vitae


Diabolical links:

Official Website: http://diabolical.se

Myspace: www.myspace.com/religionist

Official Facebook: www.facebook.com/diabolicalofficial

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/diabolicalswe

Last fm: www.last.fm/music/Diabolical

Abyss Records links:

Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialAbyssRecords

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/label/abyssrecords

Last fm: www.last.fm/label/AbyssRecords

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/MinionfortheAbyss

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbyssRecords

To purchase DIABOLICAL – Ars Vitae CD go to: http://www.officialabyssrecords.com/product_info.php?products_id=10307


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