The odd elements begin with the very first track, “Terror (Darkness Comes)” which kicks off with a sort of oriental melody on which the bass, drums and the riffing slowly pile up on each other to create a sort of massive wall of sound, literally deflagrating when the song abruptly changes into superbly played black metal.
“Devil's Speed”, chosen as first single, is rich in ideas, variations, bone-breaking tempo changes, to a point that probably trying to describe it would pass along the idea of a confusional track. But just see how all these elements work miraculously well together and you’ll draw your own conclusions.
Here goes a central part, with “Winter’s Sunset”, “Magic of the Moon”, “Revelation” and “Life Is a Dream”, where the symphonic and melodic taste takes advantage. The keyboard here is on full display: when matched by guitars tuned very low, as in “Revelation” for example, it creates beautiful harmonies that remind some of the finest Dimmu Borgir ever; sometimes, instead, it might slip towards a more ghastly sound, specifically “designed” to be flashy, although not yet outright kitsch.
“Eternal Life/Vampirism” is definitely better, with great guitar and bass lines. “Visions of Mortality” is even better, a perfect closure, grisly and grinding as pure, icy black metal can be.
“Diaboli Celeritate” is written and played with amazing intelligence, with a brilliant contour of devilish romance that makes it fictionable enough for a good story, but without turning it into gaudy gothiquerie.
Release date September 11 2014 on Metal Scrap Records.
1. Terror (Darkness Comes)
2. Devil's Speed
3. Winter's Sunset
4. Magic of the Moon
6. Life Is a Dream
7. Eternal Life/Vampirism
8. Visions of Mortality
Mr. Styx – Vocals, Keys
Powersquad – Guitars, Drums
Brutal Baphomet – Bass, Vocals
Nelly Hanael - Vocals on “Eternal Life/Vampirism” and “Magic of the Moon”, Choirs (with DP) on “Devil's Speed” and “Winter’s Sunset”.
OS - Bagpipes on “Eternal Life/Vampirism”.
Text by Arianna