GENRE: DEATH BLACK METAL
ALBUM REVIEW: ECLIPSE 
Carl Stjärnlöv and Pär Johansson (DIABOLICAL)
Cover photo by
DIABOLICAL - "ECLIPSE"
- 2019 |
3. Black Sun
8. The Fire Within
[Release Date: 2019-02-15]
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Sverker Widgren : Lead Vocals, Guitar
Carl Stjärnlöv: Vocals, Guitar
Dan Darforth: Vocals, Bass
Pär Johansson: Vocals, Drums
| Recorded, Mixed and Mastered at
DIABOLICAL - Eclipse - 2019 -
Genre: Black Death Metal
"(...) We could have conquered it all
Now everything is falling apart
The eclipse will be our downfall
If we let it consume our hearts
It consumes our hearts" |
Eclipse | We are Diabolical
THE BAND AND NEW ALBUM:
The "Eclipse" is the new conceptual masterpiece from one of
the best Swedish death black metal bands out there, they are
A band that can't stop impressing their listeners, constantly progressing
and refusing to do the expected! More than twenty years since their
formation in Sundsvall (Sweden) in 1996 the band kept on developing their
musical formula of innovative blackened death metal, this through 5
full-length albums and 2 EP's.
The "Eclipse" is the final result of years of experience, combining the best elements of death and black metal in a daring
emotional journey across the dark side of humanity, a defiant conceptual
piece of art that provokes each listener to go deeper into his own diabolical
side. Within this introspection you will get
the sense that we are (all) diabolical, the "One" real plague on this world
we live in, each day digging the grave of our own kind and each day one step
closer to our own Eclipse (end) ... but fear not, the Apocalypse is near
Something new on this album is the band visual aesthetics, so, in order to
embrace the whole apocalyptical concept of the "Eclipse" album, all 4
members are represented as diabolical dark entities (angels of death), the
bringers of doom to whole Mankind! Following the same line, the eloquent
lyricism and the album art (cover and booklet) enhances in perfection this
tormenting doomsday manifesto!
The new album "Eclipse" follows the steps of both
previous releases, the impressive conceptual full-length
which was also a post-apocalyptic book/novel and the not less astonishing EP
"Umbra", the formula is pretty much the same but taken to refined new
The production of "Eclipse" over the Wing Studios by
Sverker Widgren (Vocals, Guitars) is simply excellent! The whole slight
symphonic atmosphere created by the live choirs of 20 singers and bright use
of keyboards combine in perfection with the hardness of
typical death black metal creations a delight to any
adept of extreme metal who doesn't want to have the orchestrations above
everything else, here everything has it's right place and the overall sound
is impressive! This mature and sophisticated sound will most probably please adepts of bands such as Behemoth, Borknagar, Septicflesh, Enslaved, Dimmu Borgir, Opeth
to mention few!
proven with this new album to be on top of what is being
done on the already saturated extreme metal universe, detaching from the (wolf)pack
the band always found it's way and own identity! The "Eclipse" is
probably one of the
most daring creations of the band so far, a raging conceptual delicacy for
their listeners, this with a complex aesthetic and a very strong message
carried within each song!
The "Eclipse" album takes you into a journey across nine tracks of
graceful extreme metal craftsmanship, an hybrid death black metal work of
art with landscapes of sound brilliance in a unique display of excellence,
something so damn rare on contemporary metal bands this days! I can't really
find one "less-good" song within this album length, I was completely
blown away since first listening of such rare display of extreme
metal dominance! It comes to that time when it is hard to measure the
greatness of such a great piece of art... how great is great?!! So let's
start from the beginning...
The album starts with the first single/videoclip "We are Diabolical",
a damn strong and meaningful track that expresses
Diabolical identity at best, it is one of my favourite tracks of the
album since it carries in it's essence the whole album concept, a perfect balance
of raging extremity with moments of clarity through elegant clean vocals,
melodies that enhance each message the band wishes to pass to their
listeners, impressive to say the least, you need to listen to it to
experience deeply what I mean! Addictive and spine-chilling! A song that will stick
into your ears since the
very first listening, I assure you!
"Betrayal" is the second single/videoclip of this album, lyrically it
reveals different ontological realities, whether it's on a personal or global scale.
This is a slower and deeper track with a strong dark
atmosphere attached to it, here the disturbing haunting vocals tease the listener to take the
step forwards and "force the end" out of his/her misery!
The "Black Sun" rises upon us on this next track, a rebellious and
obscure song teasing you into action and to break any chaining oppression!
Another great dynamic track with the right dose of symphonic orchestrations
and choirs, strong defiant vocals and a very own deviant melody, "Black
Sun" is in fact a provocative and rebellious anthem!
The "Failure" of Mankind through individual selfishness and
self-caring is the theme for the next track, this is probably the most harsh
and aggressive track of the whole album, all this with a very direct message to
all who care for nothing but their own goals and stand in this world with
inertia and ignorance. "Failure" is a direct, fast and brutal song
with even extremer enraged vocals, you will love it! I sure do!
"Inception" follows, this is the hopeless path toward human extinction as we drain all
our natural resources from this world we live in! This is a strong yet slower track with a very
special decadent and melancholic melody line.
The primal human predatory instincts are once again awakened on the "Hunter" track.
This malicious musical crescendo has a constant raising tension as the
"Hunter" develops his mischievous cruel nature towards its
prey! Deviant and disturbing
this is another breathtaking track that culminates with such an addicting
melody line that finishes out this song! This is another of my favourite
The "Tyranni" of Mankind inertia is portrayed in the next song of the
album, an instrumental piece that is a tyranny by itself. Enhanced with great choirs,
this is a slower and
decadent march towards the end of our line!
Ignite "The Fire Within" and take action on this already consumed
world! Abandon thy life
of inertia and ignite the inner flame, look beyond the standards before it's
too late! This is another slower decadent song of awareness where the great
clean vocals and choirs make all the difference!
Empires crumble and fall, the Era of Man ends before our incredulous eyes!
Mankind threnody of decay on a "Requiem" for the human kind!
"Requiem" is the apocalyptic ending track of this masterpiece, a song
originally recorded on the previous EP "Umbra" that got revamp for
the new opus! The album couldn't simply end up in a better way if you ask
me, this dynamic epic song has such a strong emotional bound to the whole
decayed album concept that was the band best choice as the dirge for the Human kind!
The "Eclipse" is without a doubt one of the best blackened death
metal creations for 2019, a both complex and dense work of excellence with a
very strong message aiming for an higher human conscience within each
addictive apocalyptical song. A defiant piece of rebellious extreme metal art that goes
deep into the band name meaning and essence. Within this introspection you
will conclude that there is no greater Evil on this world than us... Humanity is
Diabolical... in fact we are (all) Diabolical! Mankind is in fact allot more
Diabolical than any religious form or entity, worst than any God or Satan,
more evil than anything that lurks in the dark... we are evil essence and
soon we will meet our downfall, our final "Eclipse"!
The new conceptual album reveals at it's best the more than 20 years of
musical craftsmanship. The ending result is an
astonishing emotional journey of extreme music brilliance! Elite, mature and
elaborate death black metal art combined with eloquent lyricism bring fourth
a Beast of an album... so what are you waiting for?!! Go and buy this
masterpiece from this sophisticated band in ascension to
higher grounds in this demanding metal universe!
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"We are Diabolical"
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