Italy’s Code666 is now just days from officially releasing Ia Pazuzu (The Abyss Of The Shadows), the third full-length album from Swedish industrial black metal architects, DIABOLICUM, and another phase of the shock campaign surrounding its release comes to fruition today as Cvlt Nation unleashes an early stream of the entire opus.
Standing among the prime instigators of the industrial black metal scene, DIABOLICUM boasts a storied lineage of personnel/directional shifts, and an impressive discography with prior albums on Napalm Records and Code666 in addition to split releases with Watain and Angst. Now featuring the ill-omened vocal tidings of Shining’s Niklas Kvarforth, the band’s third album, Ia Pazuzu (The Abyss Of The Shadows), ends a fourteen-year hiatus in releases from this outfit. With nine traumatic hymns of disease, distress and psychological torment, the new record documents a torrent of plagues mirroring the world in which we dwell, including guest contributions from Malfeitor Fabban (Aborym) and Vargher (Naglfar, Bewitched, Ancient Wisdom), and artwork by Maxime Taccardi. Ia Pazuzu (The Abyss Of The Shadows) is unapologetic, anguished and unspeakably devouring.
The scourge of DIABOLICUM’s dread-inducing Ia Pazuzu (The Abyss Of The Shadows) is thriving at Cvlt Nation now at THIS LOCATION.
Metal Underground crowns the release, “Precision destruction delivered straight to your ear drums… This is some truly relentless industrial black metal fourteen years in the making,” while The Metal Observer notes, “DIABOLICUM specializes in heavily industrial-laced black metal that has a tangible sense of misanthropy dripping from every lyric and icy riff. It’s dark and belligerent as black metal should be and, like… Mysticum, they clearly know how to mesh metal and industrial in a way that preserves and highlights the best elements of both (sub)genres,” furthering, “I couldn’t help but marvel at the almost arrogantly confident manner in which they kick down the door on barb-wired monsters like ‘Void Of Astaroth’ and ‘Genocide Bliss,’ while also not forgetting that the thrill is as much in the chase as it is in the kill by getting all pensive and dirge-y on us with ‘Silent Spring’ and ‘One Man’s War.'” Dead Rhetoric concurs, “The band’s third full-length… wrangles the mechanical, militaristic tone of war metal, and merges it with the diabolic fury of primitive black metal. In so many words, they’re like a less outlandish Aboyrm or Tidfall, or for even modern reference, Kommandant.” Terrarelicta issues, “The music is pretty much my definition of a perfect black metal track, with its tremolo picking, fast paced guitars and ultra-fast blast beats… dark and atmospheric, it has a slight Shining vibe at some parts, mainly because of Kvarforth’s vocals,” while Echoes And Dust hails, “The vocalist on this band sounds absolutely primed for war. The songwriting is stellar…” Adds No Clean Singing eloquently of first single, “Salvation Through Vengeance,” “The song erupts like a black metal cyclone dropping without warning from storm clouds overhead. A vocal sample then provides a bridge to a more industrialized, keyboard-driven segment, which is then overtaken by that wild, transfixing guitar solo as the song ramps up again into a whirlwind of knives and blood. It’s a terrorizing adrenaline trigger that leaves us salivating for the rest of the album.”
DIABOLICUM‘s Ia Pazuzu (The Abyss Of The Shadows) will be available via Italy’s Code666 in special digipack CD format as well as a limited edition, double gatefold LP and deluxe limited leather box on July 7th, 2015 via Code666. Preorders are currently available at THIS LOCATION.