What do you picture when someone mentions the name Sibiria? Vast, barren lands and deep, dark cold, right? Well, think again. In Omsk in Western Siberia there's this band called Anno Diaboli. They released their debut four-track CD this summer, and I can only regret it's taken such a long time reaching my Inbox.
Highly professional, with a superb production and with the song writing skills to go with it, the young Siberians (is that the correct term?) fuse elements of Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth and perhaps even Bolt-Thrower (especially in March of Howlers) into an excellent brew of symphonic black/death metal.
By including a violinist and a chick on keyboards, Anno Diaboli manage to put together something which sounds slightly different from their peers - it's even as if there's an extra notch of cold eeriness in their output compared to e.g. Dimmu and Cradle.
A short, but efficient and promising baiter for the proper album we'll hopefully see in a near future. Visit the band's website and check it out this very minute.