NOVEMBER 15th 2016

Review by Metal Mom


Sverker Widgren
Carl Stjärnlöv
Dan Darfort
Pär Johansson

Genre: Death Metal

Hometown: Stockholm

Record Label: Vici Solum Productions


First off I would like to give you a little history lesson on the band for those of you who are not familiar with them.

DIABOLICAL was formed in Sundsvall, Sweden, in 1996 and the band 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.

Following the success of the second full-length album "A Thousand Deaths" (2002) they toured Europe several times in 2002-03 with Amon Amarth, Vomitory, Defleshed among others, co-headlined Open Hell festival (2002) and Kaltenbach Open Air (2003) plus several other festivals. The albums were later re-released in South America, and both albums released in the USA.

2004-2008 the band only did a few live appearances mainly due to Widgren’s intense and increasing work schedule producing other bands at his Necromorbus Studio.

In 2008, after several years of record label related problems, DIABOLICAL returned in full force and delivered a milestone, taking their innovative death metal a huge step further they plunged the listener into the darkest corners of the human mind, bringing restrained aggression and cravings for vengeance to life in "The Gallery of Bleeding Art". The album received brilliant reviews and was followed by two small but very successful headline tours through Europe.

January 2011 "Ars Vitae" was released, with 17 tracks from different parts of the band's career. The newest material was recorded at Necromorbus Studio in 2010, and again produced by founding band-member Sverker Widgren. The band did several tours between 2010 and 2011 in Europe and Russia in support the album.

In 2012 an announcement - a new album was in the making. Entitled "Neogenesis" it stands out as something truly unique. The album raises the bar for concept albums, apart from being a music album it is also a novel. Uniting every song with a chapter of the book the music, lyrics, storytelling and philosophy of "Neogenesis" blends together to create a profound experience. "Neogenesis" was released 27th of September 2013.

And now, extreme metal band Diabolical have a new EP out called "Umbra", I didn't realize they had something new out for us to enjoy. There are just 4 tracks on this, and you will not be disappointed. The band continues creating, inspiring, crushing, with dark, grim, delicate and atmospheric sounds. You really need to check this out, I am not a huge fan of the death metal, but these guys bring something unique to the forefront, something that they have thought through, something they like therefore it sends off the right vibes when you listen. Go ahead, when it comes out, give it a listen, and I am sure many of you will be wanting to have this.

The recordings are produced and mixed by Sverker Widgren at Wing Studios (Stockholm), and the artwork is created by Carl Stjärnlöv.

Track Listing:

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

Video – Decline

The Umbra EP will be released worldwide as a digipak CD, and on all digital platforms on July 8th via ViciSolum productions