Black metal - the music that inspired millions to change their beliefs, change their lifestyle, even resort to arsen of churches.
Satyricon are one of the fastest growing black metal bands around, with good reason. They have delivered masterpiece upon masterpiece of albums (Nemesis Divina, Volcano etc), and now they emerge with this from the 7th circle.
Now Diabolical is a revolutionary black metal album, it differenciates quite a lot from normal black metal, and from their older albums, but in a very good way. The pace is slowed down, riffs made more whole - more like conventional guitaring rather than just background sound. The strongest parts of this album have to be the drumming and the vocals. The vocals sound raw, evil....incredible, the lyrics are meaningful (for example King: "Bloodshot eyes/metal skin....Serpants toungue/Dagger claw....Dragon wings/Crooked horns" I.e the devil), just like any black metal lyrics should be.
The fact that this album differenciates from original black metal may scare away more purist fans, however while it is slower paced and more emphasis on the music as opposed to full focus on the lyrical content as with most black metal bands, now diabolical still manages to retain the dark, evil essance that makes up black metal. Purists won't be disapointed.
Highlights include the pentagram burns, rite of our cross, the darkness shall be eternal and to the mountains.
I have had the priviledge of seeing satyricon in concert, and the quality of the music remains as good as ever, satyr's vocals do not waver at any point, and frost never ceases his incredible drumming.
Overall, i give this album 5 stars.