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Review: Diabolical - Ars Vitae
Ars Vitae

Label: ViciSolum Productions
Year released: 2011
Duration: 70:26
Tracks: 17
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 2/5

Review online: February 3, 2011
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Ars Vitae

Rated 3/5 (60%) (3 Votes)

If I had to sum up this album on one word it would be "Unnecessary" because there really is no compelling reason for this album to be here. I'm not saying I hate it and wish it didn't exist, I'm just saying it could disappear and the space-time continuum would not be affected in any way. I was sure I had heard Diabolical before, but I hadn't. After I heard them, I could tell you that I have heard them many times before under different, equally generic names. This is yet another band who thought it was a wonderful idea to feature a dissected woman on their album cover, which I find both tiresome and disgusting. Way to fly the misogynist flag there, guys.

This disc is so shapeless, it's almost funny. Is it an EP? A live album? Both? Neither? It starts with highly-touted "4 new studio tracks", but be aware that means "2 actual songs and 2 ambient bullshit tracks one of which is 49 seconds long". The actual metal here is not so bad, pretty much like God Dethroned but not as interesting, and both the real songs here sound pretty much exactly alike. Then we get the "live" tracks, which do not sound live at all. The recording quality is the same as on the studio tracks, and in fact, except for the crowd noise dubbed in between songs, there is no sign of this being live. Again, the songs are ok, but they all sound the same. Then we get the four tracks of the Deserts of Desolation EP tacked onto the end, and at least these sound different, even if they are not very good. Overall, I call this a pretty big waste of time.

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