Power of Metal.dk Review

Diabulus in Musica
Style: Symphonic Metal
Release date: 11 April, 2014
Playing time: 56:41

The Devil in Music is back with their third album. This is their best so far and that isn't easy because the second album was a real hammer also. 12 June 2010 the band played at Dokk' em Open Air and although it was their first gig outside their own country Spain, they did a good job. You could already hear and see that this was a band to reckon with.

Are you already waiting for the new Epica album to be released? Well, if you want to hear some music (almost) as good before that, you have to buy this album. Their music is a perfect blend of Epica, Nightwish and Within Temptation. The orchestral parts and arrangements are overwhelming and the singing of Zuberoa Aznarez proves that she is one of the better singers in the genre. Besides the heavy guitar riffs in the songs, the grunts of keyboard player Gorka Elso see to that also.

If you close your eyes listening to the intro, you will get the idea that you are sitting in a church. That idea is immediately gone when the first track starts. Real heavy riffs and a high tempo reminding me of Epica and when the choir singing and orchestration starts it all sounds very opera-like. "Inner Force" is a less heavy and fast track and reminds me of Nightwish and Within Temptation. "Maitagarri" is also a track with quite a few Within Temptation (Mother Earth album) resemblances. In the serene and beautiful track "Etrnal Breeze" Zuberoa takes the lead and shows her singing talents. In several songs you hear some typical Middle age influences and that makes them different from a lot of other symphonic female fronted metal bands. After that 2 heavy tracks follow. The tenth track sounds like a mini opera and with Thomas Vikström as a guest you will probably not be surprised that I hear a bit Therion in this song.

This is a very impressive symphonic metal release inspired by classical music and at first I really didn't know, which album I would like better, this or the new upcoming Epica album. Sure this album is a little less heavy in general than the new Epica and if you appreciate that more, you probably will not agree with me on just liking the new Epica better.

01. Et Ressurrexit (Libera Me)
From the Embers
Inner Force
Furia de Libertad
Sed Diabolus
Eternal Breeze
Mechanical Ethos
09. Spoilt Vampire
10. Encounter at Chronos 'Maze Argia'
11. Healing
12. Horizons
13. Indigo
Label: Napalm Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 12 April, 2014
Website: www.diabulusinmusica.com