Diablation - Par Le Feu (2023)


There is definitely something magical in the water in France as they have a solid wave of talented Metal bands coming front and center. Today’s turn is for Diablation and their superbly polished and engaging Symphonic Black Metal. With “Par Le Feu”, this band gives us …And Oceans-meets-Alghazanth vibes with some Anorexia Nervosa and Limbonic Art splashed in. Featuring seven tracks and nearly 40 minutes of music, this is one hell of a release that no fan of the genre can miss.

Opening with the enigmatic intro “Inferi Ostium”, the band really hits full stride with the crushing “Vox Diaboli” and its waves of punishing guitars paired with hellish screams. The atmospheric keyboards have that magical late 90’s (or early 2000’s) vibe, when they are overpowering, but seamlessly blend into the mix, as we can hear in brilliant songs like “L'unique merveille”, “Au bord du gouffre”, and “Crépuscule doré”. If the vocals sound familiar, is because they are delivered by none other than Vicomte Vampyr Arkames, who used to handle these duties in Seth a while ago.

Besides the magical atmospherics, the drumming intensity is over the top, creating some pretty brutal and crushing sections alongside the piercing guitar melodies, the best example of this being “Testament de l'humanité”. This track, and some of the others, have a bit of an industrial BM vibe, probably due to the mix and craftiness of some arrangements. We greatly enjoy this mixture of lush atmospherics and raw aggression that only a few bands managed to pull off nicely.

Saving the longest track for last, “Mort, Marche avec Moi” is a complete tour de force, showing great songwriting skill, brilliant tempo handling, and an overall polish that not many bands achieve, especially on their second release. We are huge fans of this genre, and Diablation delivers one insanely great release that is moving into our regular playlist. For those looking for skill, intensity, brutality, and yet a sweet dose of atmosphere and melancholy, “Par Le Feu” should not be missed.

Band: Diablation Album: Par Le Feu

Label: Osmose Productions

Release: March 31st, 2023

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Genre: Symphonic Black Metal

Country: France

Rating: 97/100

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