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DARK FUNERAL - Diabolis Interium - CD - No Fashion Records

review by: Jez Andrews

No Fashion At last! I was jumping through hoops when I first heard that Dark Funeral were about to release their third full-length album. Let me say that this by no means picks up where Vobiscum Satanas left off, nor was Teach Children to Worship Satan any kind of taste for things to come. Diabolis Interium is an altogether more crushing (and varied) Dark Funeral album.

The rasping vocals of Magus Caligula are quite simply wonderful, as is the trademark Tagtgren sound. Without question, this is their finest work since the self-titled debut mini CD. One thing that interests me about Diabolis Interium is the changes in tempo, particularly the slow-paced thunder of "Goddess Of Sodomy," and the deep-throated scream along chorus of "Hail Murder." The blastbeats are a lot more pronounced than before, and there is also a more violent edge to the lyrics. Each track stands out on its own, in a way that the tracks on Vobiscum Satanas (despite their excellence) simply didn't.

Earlier songs, such as "Open the Gates" and "My Dark Desires" (both Dark Funeral classics in my book) were a tough act to follow, but the ineffable kings of darkness have, yet again, delivered the goods. Say what you will, but I believe the future of black metal is safe...

 

 

 

ISSUE 6
ALBUM REVIEWS

(A-D)  (D-I)  (I-L)  (L-R)  (R-T)  (V-W)

ANDROMEDA
Extension of th

APHEX TWIN
Drukgs

BENEDICTION
Organized Chaos

CHAOS AS SHELTE...
Midnight Prayer

DARK FORTRESS
Tales from Eter

DARK FUNERAL
Diabolis Interi

DARKTHRONE
Plague Wielder

DEATH
Live in L.A.

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