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Review: Diabolical - A Thousand Deaths
A Thousand Deaths

Label: WWIII Music
Year released: 2002
Tracks: 9
Genre: Death/Thrash

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: December 28, 2002
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Readers Rating
A Thousand Deaths

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (6 Votes)

This band was originally formed back in 1996 but they were known as Misanthropic Orchestra. The band has had quite a revolving door with members and there is currently only one remaining original member. This revolving door of members is usually a bad thing but for this band it seems to have actually worked quite well. The name was changed to Diabolical back in 1998 and after a few rough spots the band released their first full-length album, 2002 "Synergy" which really set the tone for the band. I was quite impressed with "Synergy" since I am always on the look out for new thrash metal (My favorite genre…heh) and this really hit the mark. "A Thousand Deaths" is the follow up and of the promos I received from World War III this is the one I was really looking forward to do the review on.

The new album mixes a lot more death metal influences than the original did but there is still plenty of thrash metal to be heard. I would have liked this to be more thrash oriented since this would have made the album stand out a bit more. There are plenty of death metal bands but only a handful of good thrash bands out there (Which is more than a little disappointing for me personally) Although the album does lean a bit more to the death side the slower "breakdown" sections is where this album really showcases the thrash elements very nicely. The vocals are of the thrash style scream variety with a bit of a heavier tinge almost bordering on death metal but not quite getting there. The guitar work is tight with some excellent riffs that will certainly get your head moving. The overall songwriting I think was a bit better on "Synergy" but it is far from bad on this release.

Overall is pretty good but I was expecting a bit more from it. As I stated before I would have liked it more if it would have been a straight ahead thrash album (the band certainly has the ability to pull that off) since after their last album that was where the band’s direction was carrying them. It is still a pretty good album and one that I could easily recommend.

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