Genre: Symphonic Black Metal
Country: Greece
Label: Independent
Year: 2014

 

The debut album by Diablery is an euphoric surprise in terms of professionalism, especially when coming from an independent act that self-released it. Apart from the fancy video clips and the vivid photoshoots/artwork, the band has adopted a very energetic sound with plenty of symphonics and dynamics, establishing a name around the underground -and not only- Greek scene all by themselves, a name constantly growing and expanding outside the borders. In its six years of activity and after a couple of Eps in 2010 and 2011, which showed a bit of potential, but mainly being a little hesitant, ‘Architect’ arrives to prove what the band was going for in the first place, a truly exceptional record.

If you’re looking for lo-fi, dungeon-recorded black metal, you might as well skip Diablery completely. ‘Architect’ has a crystal clear, perfect sounding production to a point that it might not appeal to die hard black metallers. However, the amount of ambient and symphonic parts of the record demand such a good production though and it’s only for the better that no other than Børge Finstad, who has worked with famous Norwegian bands like Mayhem, Arcturus, Borknagar and Enslaved. Diablery name themselves as avant-garde/majestic black metal and it’s a legit description of their music, which features diverse sounds and forceful synths/vocals. Always fused with the personal characteristics of the band, any fans of Emperor, Arcturus or even late Dimmu Borgir will feel joy listening to this album.

The band’s concept is focused on science mysticism, space and nature, along with a general message of esotericism and the inner meaning of Lucifer. They convey it with both english and greek lyrics in both screaming and clean vocals, above the fast and compelling guitar and key melodies of their tracks. Distinctive guitar riffs can be found in ‘Architect of Manifestations’ and ‘Ichor Shrine Synagogue’, while ‘Thus Made Perfect’ has an insane middle part with a violin part, some of the best moments of the album. Diablery often use clean piano melodies over the guitar lines, switching to more obvious riffs or symphonics, always in an uplifting and fast-paced tempo. The drumming is also lively and has some moments of blastbeating here and there, mainly consisting of sufficient beats for the tracks.

Diablery manage to create a haunting atmosphere that few symphonic black metal bands can achieve and their mixture of various musical characteristics makes their music intriguing and noteworthy. Starting off after a two minute piano intro, the capable style of the band takes hold and dominates, a sign that they surely can create amazing symphonic black metal. Some synths derive directly from the feels of Bishop of Hexen, while the guitar melodies often refer to Sweden and the whole record feels like majestic black metal, even though it doesn’t sound like a Limbonic Art copycat. I must admit that I was not into the band before and the first two efforts some years ago were weak to me, yet this album has won me over with its immense power. Diablery deserve your attention for sure.