Diabolus In Musica
Review by JD on January 31, 2013.
Anyone who knows me or at least reads my little headbanging rants about bands and their music, could tell that I am a huge Doom Metal fan. From my own music career, down to what I listen to, I go for heavy, slow and well played Doom Metal. One act that I am so into at the moment epitomizes what Doom Metal is. From Michigan City, Indiana... comes Stone Magnum.
With a Epic Traditional Doom Metal sound, that is bolstered by some 70's flavoured Groove that still keeps a full wall of heaviness right in your face Stone Magnum breaths Doomy Classiness. Think of Candlemass with mid career Sabbath and add in a old school Metal Singer that is this odd spawn of a cross between a stoned Ozzy, Trouble frontman and a pissed off Danzig- you get this band.
I absolutely love two tacks here... the ponderously massive and de-tuned majesty of 'Locksmith of Misery' and the 70's dark homage to Sabbath, 'Pictures Of Your Life'. Great lyrics, a heavy wall of Doom and powerful delivery shows the capability that this band has to write almost classic material right from the very start.
This is a no brainer event here my metallic friends - you need to buy this album as soon as possible. Doom fan or not, all of you metalheads will love every second that this amazing debut album would be playing. Go right fuckin’ now and buy it, I will crack a cold beer open and listen to this CD while I wait.
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Rating: 9.8 out of 10
Review by Luka on April 16, 2001.
The mighty kings of thrash degenerating to nu-metal? Yes and no, this album is Slayer any way you look at it, and it stands right alongside Reign in Blood and Seasons in the Abyss as one of my favorite Slayer albums. Still, to most people and fans this was a total disappointment.
There is a general lack of solos and melody, but these are replaced by brutal riffs and furious shredding, most at very fast tempos kept up by the impressive new drummer Paul Bostaph, making it seem like Dave Lombardo’s skill won’t be missed by Slayer all. He absolutely drowns all the songs in technical show-off and clever drum fills.
Tom Araya’s vocals are angrier than ever, but his deafening screams get really annoying on the last few songs. I become sick of hearing him scream at the top of his lungs so much, mostly about war, propaganda, murder and destruction. Sometimes he changes it to a hoarse whisper, but it still doesn’t help.
The Diabolus single is officially Stain of Mind, which is the simplest song with the strongest beat, obviously meant to be marketed to the nu-metal kids rather than the old fans. I find this song to be the worst and most annoying on the whole album. My favorite tracks are Desire and the last two, Screaming From the Sky and Point. These are the most violent and have the best lyrics.
A notable part on the album, definitely, is the first lead break in Perversions of Pain, by Kerry King, a chaotic solo over totally insane drumming.
Slayer seem to want to get to the nu-metal crowd with this album, but it’s just way too extreme, violent and Anti-christian for it. I’m glad. There are a few lousy riffs here and there but overall Diabolus in Musica is one of the best, most professional Slayer album to date. Perhaps second only to the untouchable Reign in Blood.
Bottom Line: Get it only after Reign in Blood! One of the most violent Slayer albums to date, effectively combines thrash and nu-metal
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Rating: 8 of 10