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Album Review

Italy's Graveworm have been churning out symphonic black metal albums for some 17 years now, with their "lucky" seventh full-length, Diabolical Figures, arriving like clockwork in the fall of 2009. And it must be said that the only major novelty at hand was the band's transfer from the Massacre label to the suddenly metal-friendly confines of Koch/E1, because the band's six-person lineup has remained intact for some time now, and the singular ferocity with which Graveworm propel their songs persists unabated, leaving only the increasingly paucity of once dominant goth metal tendencies to foment discord among their fan base. Blastbeat-driven numbers like "Vengeance Is Sworn" and "Hell's Creation" burst out of the belfry like bats out of hell, and thus provide precious few footholds for synth orchestrator Sabine Mair to layer her parts into. Even when she does get her chance to make a mark on the album's slower, more spacious compositions (see the title track, "Forlorn Hope," etc.), one must admit that these strictly synthetic symphonics sound a little, well, cheap. Mind you, it's all still technically impressive enough, but the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra it is not. And with the exception of the album's astonishing wild card, an apocalyptic cover of the Police's "Message in a Bottle," the harsh reality is that Graveworm's latest is neither groundbreaking nor all that surprising — just competently executed.

Customer Reviews

A decent release but not very impressive to me..Nothing like their perfect album Collateral Defects.

I have to admit this album left me very unimpressed it just sounds like another Graveworm album nothing really stood out in this album. I was left extremely unimpressed with this album. Their previous album Collateral Defects was absolultely perfect it was an amazing, brutal, and epic album. This album is very bland and will leave you extremely unimpressed if you were expecting a better album than Collateral Defects because it sure as hell is'nt. I am very dissapointed. There were only a few good songs on the album and they were Circus of the Damned, Diabolical Figures, Hell's Creation, Architects of Hate, Forlorn Hope, and thats it. The cover was pretty lame I dont know why they wasted their time covering that song. The keyboards didnt play a big role in this album as well they just sounded like ambient background noise to me. Buy this album if you are a true fan and want to drop the money down because bottom line you will be very dissapointed and unimpressed like I was with this album.

Another Great Release By Graveworm.

They Do it Yet again. Another brutal graveworm release. LOL, message in a bottle

My Favorite

This is their best album yet. I don't care what anyone says. This album beats all of the previous albums because of the unique blend of gothic, symphonic, harmonious and black metal sounds it delivers. Hell's Creation is the best song of their entire career.


Genre: Metal

Years Active: '00s

Since forming in 1992, Italy's Graveworm have unleashed a number of very sophisticated gothic-symphonic black metal albums, including 1997's When Daylight's Gone, 1999's As the Angels Reach the Beauty, 2001's critically acclaimed Scourge of Malice, and 2003's Engraved in Black -- plus a handful of EPs. These have earned them comparisons to Norwegians Dimmu Borgir and Brits Cradle of Filth, among others, and the current lineup of vocalist Stefan Fiori, guitarists Harry Klenk and Orgler Thomas, keyboardist...
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Diabolical Figures, Graveworm
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  • $9.90
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: Jun 26, 2009

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