|Review: Dark Funeral - Diabolis Interium|
Label: Necropolis Records
Year released: 2001
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: November 16, 2001
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Rated 4.19/5 (83.85%) (26 Votes)
Let me just start by saying that I am not a very big fan of the Black metal genre in and of itself. However that is not to say that I dislike the genre completely. There are a few bands in the genre that I think are excellent. Now whether or not these bands are still considered trOO Black Metal by the aficionados of this style of music is an argument I really don't want to get into but to me Dark Funeral is one of those bands that I actually like.
One of the common threads of the black metal bands that I actually like is that they all have good production. This disc is no exception with Tommy Tagtgren again turning the knobs at Abyss Studio for this album. Now I am sorry if you are one of those people that believe the production has to sound like crap in order for it to be true black metal but I spent $7000 on a home audio system and I just hate it when I listen to an album that sounds like it was recorded on a damn boom box in a garage near a busy intersection where someone just ran over a cat…. that might be a bit of an exaggeration..:). For those of you that are still with me even after finding out that this has great production and you are a fan of brutal speed driven black metal you are in for a treat with this album. The songs are all well written and easily distinguishable from each other with very good guitar work. The vocals are your basic black metal growls and screams, which is of no surprise. The lyrics are exactly what you would expect from this genre so no surprise there either. In my opinion the strongest part of this album is the songwriting itself. There is a lot going on in each of the songs with different tempo changes and things added here and there to keep your interest.
Another bonus of this disc is the inclusion of two videos of the band doing the songs "An Apprentice to Satan" and "The Secret of the Black Arts" in mpeg format. Both videos are pretty cool and a welcome addition to the disc since I am pretty sure you won't be able to see Dark Funeral videos on TRL anytime soon…:).
Overall I would say if you are a fan of black metal and you can get over an album having good production this is well worth the effort to pick up. Highly Recommended.
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