THE DEMO CORNER
In the often oversaturated female fronted Gothic metal scene, there are many wonderful voices that are often undermined by paper thin music compositions. Every once in a while, the music compositions will match the vocal performance, but that occurrence does not happen enough. Spain’s Diabulus in Musica is relatively new to the scene, but are not without experience. Their sophomore album The Wanderer is an indication that they are on their way up.
Diabulus in Musica play a combination of symphonic power metal and Gothic metal with hints of classical guitars thrown in for good measure. The Wanderer is a concept album that revolves around the idea of Mother Earth deteriorating and the increasing lack of people who can change things for the better. The vocals are primarily provided by Zuberoa Aznárez (female), with Adrián M. Vallejo (harsh vocals and guitars) and Gorka Elso (death vocals and keyboards) providing the complimenting male vocals. If one were to stop after “Ex Nihilio,” it is likely the listener would make immediate comparisons to Epica. However, Diabulus in Musica is a little more than just a Spanish Epica clone, as Aznárez doesn’t quite have the vocal range to make everything work, but makes the most out of what she can do, as evidenced by songs such as “Blazing a Trail” and “Sceneries of Hope.” The “beast” part of the vocals has almost equal billing when it comes to how much it contributes (“Shadow of the Throne”), and both work well together. The classical guitar makes an appearance on songs such as “Allegory of Faith, Innocence, and Future” and the title track, the latter of which is a ballad that best shows the band’s ability to go slow when needed. Other than the classical guitars, the music doesn’t stand out, something that Diabulus in Musica can improve upon, as the basics are above average for a symphonic power metal band.
Diabulus in Musica is a talented band that hasn’t quite reached its potential, but with The Wanderer, that potential is there. A little more in the way of risk-taking in terms of the music would go a long way to getting to that point, but for now, they settle for above average. Recommended for fans of Epica, Within Temptation, and Sirenia.
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1. A Journey’s End (intro)
2. Ex Nihilio
3. Sceneries of Hope
4. Blazing a Trail
5. Call from a Rising Memory (intro)
6. Hidden Reality
7. Shadow of the Throne
8. Allegory of Faith, Innocence
9. Sentenced to Life
10. Oihuka Bihotzetik
11. No Time for Repentance
12. The Wanderer
Total playing time: 54:41
Release Date: February 29, 2012
Label: Napalm Records
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