It’s been just 2 years since the release of Secrets, the début album of Spanish symphonic gothic metal band Diabulus In Musica, and since then they been causing a great impression around the international metal scene. first by playing a sold out show in Mexico in 2010 supporting Theater Of Tragedy on their farewell tour, then playing the Metal Fest Open Air in Bulgaria last year, and then playing the Metal Female Voices Festival in Belgium for three years in a row, now that they are confirmed to this year’s edition of the festival.
This year Diabulus In Musica is back with a new album. The Wanderer, and a new label as they inked a deal with Napalm Records last year. Their new album The Wanderer is nothing like Secrets, is a more aggressive album that keeps the sound of Diabulus In Musica, but presents the band with a more in your face attitude, more heavy, and with more grunting voices than before. The album opens with a Journey’s End a symphonic intro that leads into the following track Ex Nihilo an explosive and really fast track, that keeps the symphonic part alive, but the riffs and fast paced drums gives a twist to what you can expect from Diabulus In Musica, and of course the voice of Zuberoa Aznarez is just beautiful and angelic for this hellbound track.
The Wanderer continues with Scenery of Hope one of the most catchy songs of the album, not too heavy but rather melodic. The pounding continues with Blazing Trail a brutal songs that counts with the vocal grunts of Mark Jensen (Epica, Mayan) that works really well with Zuberoa’s sweet voice. Hidden Reality is one of the most calm and well paced songs on the album, Shadow Of The Throne is the most powerful and aggressive songs on this album with not female voices just in your face melodic death metal.
Allegory Of Faith is a great ballad that opens with a classical spanish guitar melody and transcends into a fierce beauty and beast battle. Sentenced To Life and The Wanderer are the soft ballads quote of the album showing the potential of Zuberoa’s voice and a great melodic work from the band. Oihuka Bilhotzetik and Not Time To Repentance are more balanced songs that define the heaviness of this new Diabulus in Musica album.
Overall is a great album full of heavy songs that would put you to headbang once you get into it. The Wanderer really shows the musical grow of Diabulus In Musica since Secrets, a really pounding record that is not your traditional symphonic gothic metal album. The Age Of Metal had the chance to talk with Zuberoa and Gorka last week from Belgium, we talked about: The album, their label transition, MFVF, and the upcoming plans for the band.