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Diabolical Masquerade
Death`s Design
November 2001
Released: 2001, Olympic Records
Rating: 4.2/5
Reviewer: El Cid

Over 60 tracks! That’s right, there are over 60 tracks in these 20 “movements” beautifully arranged by sole band member Blakkheim. Note that when I say sole band member I mean it’s his project and nobody else’s, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t have help. There’s a drummer, a bassist, and Estonian quartet and some unknown guy by the name of Dan Swanö (hehe).

The tracks themselves are incredibly short, blending together to form the so-called movements that compose this lovely piece of work. Everything varies here from ambient soundscapes, to black metal, to death metal, to orchestral/classical keyboard and other stuff.

Instrument wise, you have some super fast riffing in the vein of emperor at one time, and then some classic heavy metal (sometimes even thrashy) style riffs accompanied by raspy high pitched screams, not unlike the ones governing black metal all over the planet. The 2 major problems I have with this recording (other than the lyrics are not included in the booklet) are that maybe Blakkheim and Swanö overdid it with the keyboards, sometimes it gets plain cheesy… And the other one is that if you’re going to put out something as good as this album and you expect to have a high impact on Metalheads around the world, you SHOULD have gotten a good drummer! Well, maybe the guy is good or whatever, but the drums in here are horrible, so stiff you can’t even digest them after 4 listens.

In all, the diversity of this recording makes it a very interesting concept that I would LOVE to fully (or at least partially dammit) comprehend, (WHERE ARE THE LYRICS????) so I highly recommend if you like experimental stuff (specially knowing Dan Swanö is involved) that you go out and buy this one as soon as you can!

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