Diablerie – The Catalyst vol. 1: Control

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/label: Primitive Reaction
Released: 2017
Buy Album [URL]: http://www.primitivereaction.com/item/diablerie-the_catalyst_vol_i_control-digi_cd
Band Website: www.facebook.com/diablerie



01 Hexordium_ The Final Realisation
02 Selves
03 Rabid (Dogs of Church and State)
04 Wear My Crown
05 Odium Generis Humani
06 You Stop You Die
07 Grey
08 This Drastic Clique
09 Osiris
10 I am The Catalyst

Band line-up:

Henri Villberg (vocals, bass, electronics) and recordings were made in collaboration with Tomi Ullgrén (guitars),
Kimmo Tukiainen (guitars, backing vocals), and Petri Mäkipää (drums).
“Rabid (Dogs of Church and State)” features Mika Luttinen from Impaled Nazarene. “Wear My Crown” features MC Raaka Pee from Turmion Kätilöt


It was back in 2001 Diablerie released their album ‘Seraphyde’ and with only some Ep’s being released since then they’ve kept fans waiting for the release of ‘Control ‘, which marks the start of a planned trilogy of albums. But was it worth the wait?
The simple answer to that is, YES!

With an impressive intro it’s clear from the start, this band means business.It’s hard to put these guys into one genre but they have their elements of Finnish extreme metal mixed with symphonic and industrial elements too, which is blended and works perfectly.
There are some tracks that reminded me of Devin Townsend/Strapping Young Lad, where I think it’s clear has been a strong influence on this band, as well as Fear Factory and Sepultura too.

Diablerie Promopic 2016 haulix

This is one intense extreme album, full of energy which makes you forget everything and takes you on an incredible journey. I suggest wearing earphones for this album, or listening to the tracks alone, so you can fully embrace them, so when the album ends you’re left thinking ‘wow’!

The only criticism I have, is that with so many layers to some of the tracks and with much going on, a lot of the great guitaring and drums are literally buried under the sound of keyboards, which dominates most of this album, but there are heavier tracks such as ‘This Drastic Clique’ to balance this out. The album flows from each track effortlessly, considering they are quite different, but the symphonics help with that, and it’s great to see a band branch out and combine the old style 90’s industrial sound with an experimental modern sound, which has clearly worked in their favour.

This is a very well put together, clever album and if you don’t give a fuck about genres then this is an album for you. Even if you’re not keen on industrial metal, there is enough aggressive death metal and furious riffs to keep you happy. This was one album worth waiting for!

Review by Jo Blackened