Dark Funeral - Diabolis Interium
No Fashion Records
Black Metal
8 songs (36'20)
Release year: 2001
Dark Funeral, No Fashion Records
Reviewed by Danny

It is no doubt black metal is a growing scene and either you have to review bands that just focus on copying other bands or you review something new, fresh and brilliant. The new Dark Funeral comes as no surprise : black and satanic as hell, fast, melodic (yes !) and furious. Having already proven their talent with previous satanic works, Dark Funeral is back with Diabolic Interium, which should have been a masterpiece, but ...

This Diabolic Interium reminds too much Dimmu Borgir. I can't really explain it, but you almost know in advance what will happen. Don't misunderstand me here : this is good stuff, but I am wondering if we are not turning in circle (the same apply to the last Dimmu Borgir ... which has also this taste). Actually between Dark Funeral and Hollenthon, my heart is slowly going to Hollenthon. But that's another story.

Now let's talk about this new CD : if you like satanic lyrics, Diabolic Interium is full of satanic stories. Let me give you some title songs and you will immediately get to the point : The Arrival Of Satan's Empire, Hail Murder, An Apprentice Of Satan, Armageddon Finally Comes and the title track of course, Diabolis Interirum. Well, not the kind of stories you read to your kids....

Musically it goes fast, damn fast and the vocals are perfect ... there is so much hate in the vocals that you wonder if the singer will not comes out of the speaker and take you with him .... to "hell with the devil" ;-)). The real change, not that much noticeable actually, comes AGAIN from the wonderful production (Peter Tägtgren). There is no doubt the Abyss Studios will stay in the history of black metal ... forever !!!!

Black metal fans will like it of course. However, two disappointments for me : 1) no surprise at all and very linear 2) this Diabolic Interium is damn short (8 songs for only 36 minutes) and at the end, this one sounds very much like Dimmu Borgir's Spiritual Black Dimension or Emperor IX Equilibium ... at full speed.

Killing Songs :
The Arrival Of Satan's Empire
Danny quoted 88 / 100
Other albums by Dark Funeral that we have reviewed:
Dark Funeral - Angelus Exuro pro Eternus reviewed by Alex and quoted 81 / 100
Dark Funeral - Attera Totus Sanctus reviewed by Alex and quoted 71 / 100
Dark Funeral - The Secrets Of The Black Arts reviewed by Valefor and quoted 93 / 100
Dark Funeral - Teach Children To Worship Satan reviewed by Danny and quoted 85 / 100
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