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“Diabolis Interium” (remaster) by Dark Funeral

Artist: Dark Funeral
Title: “Diabolis Interium” (remaster)
Label: Regain Records
Release Date: 7/31/2007
Genre: Black Metal
Rating: 4/5

When it comes to the Black Metal genre and the scores of bands who toil and sweat over their craft there are probably choice few that manage to do it as well as the guys in Dark Funeral. “Diabolis Interium” is the bands third release and quite possibly their finest recorded moment of them all and this strong production comes at the hands of Peter Tagtgren (Hypocrisy/Bloodbath). The album is a blistering assault force of Black Metal fury and this is a dose of the purely evil stuff with no additives or ingredients to soften the harshness of the bands recipe for mayhem. It hits you right off the top with “The Arrival of Satan’s Empire” and the interesting thing is how the razor fast guitar riffing offers up some elements of symphonic atmosphere yet no keyboards are to be found on the release whatsoever. They don’t slow down much with “Hail Murder”, one of the bands best tunes in the catalog and a popular live mainstay, but do shift gears for “Goddess of Sodomy” which finds them exploring a trudging groove as opposed to insane levels of speed. The premise of the bands work is as blasphemous as ever and perhaps not for the weak or easily offended listener which we find demonstrated during “An Apprentice of Satan” and it’s clear that the band couldn’t care less if they shock you with the intensity that they are presenting. The band for the recording was Lord Ahriman (guitar), Emperor Magus Caligula (vocals/bass), Matte Modin (drums) and Dominion (guitars) and when you hear the way this album comes across you would swear there was at least two more players responsible for what was assaulting your ears. If you are one of those new study’s to the Black Metal scene and like what you have heard about Dark Funeral and are debating looking a little more into them then this is probably the best place to start. If you like this you can go backward in time and snare copies of the earlier stuff. “Diabolis Interium” finds the band totally on top of their game and delivering the sinister goods without any compromise. The remastered edition includes a booklet that presents a number of terrifying photos of the band and also offers up the lyrics to the songs. Be advised this is some really crazy stuff so if you don’t think you can handle what you might read then just listen to the music. Caligula screams so fast that the novice listener could never hope to understand him anyway. This is a recommendation for those who want to explore the truly dark side of Metal and fear not the things they might find. The remastering process on this album delivers a great level of sonic assault and will make this one of the most played Black Metal releases in your collection.
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“Attera Orbis Terrarum” by Dark Funeral

Artist: Dark Funeral
Title: “Attera Orbis Terrarum”
Label: Regain Records
Release Date: 11/6/2007
Genre: Black Metal
Rating: 4/5

So you find that Black Metal is your thing and the more extreme and blasphemous that it is as far as overall content goes then all the better for serving your dark needs. You feel that Dimmu Borgir is too Symphonic for your tastes and that Cradle Of Filth is absurd and if any of this is right on target in describing you then there is no better place for you to direct your hatred for the pious and sanctified than at the feet of those masters from Hell – Sweden’s mighty Dark Funeral. “Attera Orbis Terrarum” captures the band on their first ever live DVD and it is loaded with content that is sure to satisfy the hungriest of Black Metal appetites. It’s also different from other DVD releases of this kind because with this one you don’t only get one show but instead are treated to three professionally filmed appearances of the band in front of the most maniacal of followers. Each show differs in sonic quality and visual and some are better than the others but the bottom line is that this really delivers the goods should this be the band that is high on your list of favorites. The first DVD features the performance from Metal Mania 2005 in Poland and while a little older in terms of its content finds the most professionally filmed show of the three. The Metal Mania folks always manage to use several cameras to the best effect and while a bit streamlined for some of the purists tastes, it is literally best footage that has ever been presented of the band. The song selection is loaded up to the hilt with eleven trips into the profane and blasphemous.
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