When you read Diablery’s biography on Facebook there is a quote at its introduction…”Diablery” is a Message – a herald of the Aeon in its luciferian expression. The truth is that when you go to one of their concerts they put you right away in the mood that you are going to listen to something other-wordly. The band is embarking for a Greek and Europeaan other-wordly tour and we seized the opportunity to talk with them about the past, the present and the future.
It’s been almost two years since we last spoke and let me start by asking how things are at Diablery’s camp.
I’m glad I have the opportunity to speak again to one of the zines that I respect the most. Time flies and especially this past year was a season of unrest for us, in which we have redefined our identity and set priorities as individuals. As a result, we changed the line-up and found new ways of communicating with the inner voice. The band’s composition no longer includes Nazfell (keys) and this was a joint decision due to a difference of priorities. At this time there is no plan for anyone else to fill in this “gap” since from our 2nd album and beyond there isn’t going to be a strong element for keyborards.
What has changed in Diablery comparing you to begining?
S: In fact, nothing has remained the same from these first steps, if you exclude me and Nimerius (guitar). Even we changed as musicians and as human beings. Our music is much more mature and layered than the first releases. What has remained unchanged is our perseverance and commitment.
You have one full album so far. Is there something in the making that we should know about? Re-reading our previous interview you mentioned that you are working on new tracks. What delayed the whole process?
S: We’re working on new tracks that’s true. There is no delay, it just wasn’t the right time to release something. We have a sense of when our material is ready for release. If our sensor is not satisfied it means that the material wants another “operation”. From the moment that are senses become satisfied from our point of view, we have accomplished our mission. When something is being released is fluid, the next release may be in 1 year but may take 5 years – there are many parameters that influence the time between releases. However, we plan to finish the 3rd album sooner than it took us to work the 2nd one.
And how will they be lyrically and musically?
S: The second album will be called “Candles” and it revolves around some of the experiences we had over the years since the first album. I’m talking about experiences that were turning points for us, which led us to extreme situations and gave us valuable lessons. I will only say that the record lyrically talks about sacrifice, transformation, the absurd and the limits of the endurance of apparent reality. Musically, the keyboards now have a more supportive role and create “spaces” and atmospheres within the music, with guitars and bass now taking the spotlight. The music is more aggressive and faster than it used to be, but it also has new elements such as slow atmospheric passages. The new album is a new chapter in our world of values and an offering to the Pantheon of Archetypes.
If a listener heard you for the first time, what song would you recommend him/her to listen to?
S: I would recommend listening to The Piercing Ice, which we have uploaded a while ago and is a part of the second album. When he learns about us I would suggest going backwards to our releases.
Soon you are about to embark on a tour to Greece and several European countries. How easy is it to tour abroad specifically?
S: Yes, we have booked several dates for the next interval in Greece, England, Norway, Germany, the Netherlands and Bulgaria. Making live appearances, let alone in the short term, is very demanding in every aspect and especially difficult to organize, especially when it comes to outside Greece, but it is vital for us and is a key way in which Diablery evolve.
You have something mystical and theatrical in your concerts. Is it really yet another way to get viewers into your own world?
S: For us, music and its live performance is a mystery that opens the gates to many more mysteries. We do not see all this as a spectacle for fun and entertainment, but as an opportunity to bond with a reality that is experienced by the “cracks” that we are trying to expand. This is our interpretation of “I put the viewer in my own world”.
Black metal is a genre that apparently is appealing to far-right fans. Why is this happening so strongly?
S: Who can deny this? I don’t know why it’s happening, maybe because some people in the prime Scandinavian scene had such beliefs. Perhaps because the hard mask of this music is an ideal haven for injured and confused souls. I do not believe that it is fashion and I do not believe it can change from just in one day. It’s a shame that black metal and all the bands that own it have to be accountable for the far-right inclination of some of the early musicians of this genre. Personally, I believe that far-right means totalitarianism, control, restraint and discrimination, concepts that are completely contrary to my personal philosophy and also opposed to freedom, true darkness, union with Wholeness and personal perfection outside of the mass that means to me black metal.
The Greek black metal scene has always been strong, but do you think it was a bit underestimated?
S: The Greek BM scene has been and is very strong, but it will get even better if she looks herself objectively in the mirror. Anyone who underestimates the Greek BM scene has no idea what’s going on and what’s coming.
Thank you very much for the interview you gave us and we will tell you soon. Your epilogue.
S: And I thank you for our conversation and support!
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