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Naglfar - Diabolica Review

by Alon Chapovetsky

This is epic. That is all that I can say after listening to Naglfar's Diabolical. This CD is to metal like Lord of the Rings is to cinema. Founded in 1992, Naglfar, a Swedish Black Metal band, has some great releases in its catalogue, namely Vittra, Pariah and Sheol. Nevertheless, out of all of their releases that I have heard, this one takes the cake, and not just any cake, but a big cake with a ton of icing and cream, a heavenly cake.

There are nine tracks on this release each sounding just a tiny bit different yet somehow the same, this makes the album play through "fluently," like a train, where each railway wagon has a different purpose (kitchen, storage, restaurant and so on and so forth) yet they all connect perfectly to the wagons behind and in front of them. Now for the songs themselves, the music is---like some might guess---very epic and atmospheric. The fast-paced drums combine with the larger-than-life guitars to create a very big sound. The vocals are pure black metal shrieks but with a certain element, which I haven't figured out yet, though it seems to me that they were recorded with a pitch shifter or a similar device, so that the vocals recorded are played over the same tracks but with a lower tone, creating a fuller, more impressive sound. Another aspect that makes this recording exceptionally massive is the use of other instruments that are not as frequently used in metal music. Unlike the holy triplet of guitar, bass and drums, this musical masterpiece contains instruments such as a piano (there is a whole two minute piano track on this CD) and violin (on "The Devil's Child"), creating a very orchestral sound. The production is perfect for this type of music. It is not raw yet on the other hand it is not entirely clean and flawless. This makes the CD sound more "underground" and with the contrast of the very symphonic music a perfect match is created.

In a shell, this release is just like what its name implies it is, Diabolical. With its musical and lyrical strengths and it's only flaws of being somewhat (itsy bitsy tiny bit) cheesy, Naglfar's Diabolical is a musical work of art and definitely an album everyone should own.

Tracks of Note: "Horncrowned Majesty", "A Departure In Solitude", "Diabolical - The Devils Child"

Naglfar's Diabolical
1. Horncrowned Majesty
2. Embracing the Apocalypse
3. 12th Rising
4. Into The Cold Voids Of Eternity
5. The Brimstone Gate.
6. Blades
7. When Autumn Storms Come
8. A Departure In Solitude
9. Diabolical - The Devils Child

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