Released: 2009, Invictus Productions
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
Diocletian, this outrageous black/war metal force coming out from Auckland, New Zealand, has got their first full-length album out, strongly titled DOOM CULT, and is now ready for their own crusade to conquer the world.
In fact, Diocletian´s debut reminds me musically of both Canadian legends Blasphemy and Revenge, but also the Brazilian Sarcofago – and especially their first cult album, INRI. They come out as ruthless, disturbed and violent sounding yet shamelessly crushing icon smashers even - kind of like offering you bullets for a free 22-calibre brain surgery, one bullet after another.
Out of 11 songs they have recorded for DOOM CULT, it is really hard to pick up so-called standout tracks because they sound pretty much the same, but still having a good amount of potential to make an impact on some of the listeners. What they did to me, they made me think of Blasphemy and Sarcofago, which is always a good sign. I am sure some of you consider Diocletian´s stuff way too chaotic, confusing and stuff, but you have every right to do so because that is what they basically are: Not strictly chaotic sounding, but more like handing you over a plate full of ´controlled chaos´, and severe rage and revenge in form of eleven blasphemous cuts they have recorded for DOOM CULT. The musical form they have taken in songs like “The Ironfist” and “Deathstrike Overkill”, is ridiculously captivating too, I think.
For die-hard Blasphemy, old Sarcofago and Revenge fans, this album serves you surely well enough for what it is all about: Full of pure hate, chaos and rage. Good stuff.