Country: Portugal
Title: Lord Diabolus Throne
Label: Lusitanian Music
Year: 2017
Style: Black Metal

The fifth studio album from these veterans of the Lusitanian Black Metal scene was recorded between 2014 and 2016 and released at the end of 2017, quite strange since in the meantime another album was rleased, Diabolis Enim et Alii Deamones in mid 2016, which means they either had a lot of material they didn't want to lose, or they were carefully planning their next steps and maybe there's another album in works/recording session as we "speak". Lord Diabolus Throne is made of 7 tracks, 6 of their own and a cover of Sarcofago's I.N.R.I. for a total duration of 36 minutes. It starts with fast, whirlwind-like drum patterns and evil guitar riffs so it induces a feeling you're about to listen to an unrelenting material, but by the middle of it heavy, dense and oppressive atmosphere seems to take over the speed driven compositions and we get a Doom influenced, almost ritualistic type of Black Metal to give the whole a bit more substance and from my point of view to reach that level of evilness the band seems to intent to push towards the listener. Actually looking at it as a whole there's a good balance between the fast, uncompromising Black Metal parts and the doomy, slower, oppressive passages, and I find the almost 7 minutes long keyboards outro a good reprise to link this album with their next one. Bottom line we're dealing here with Norwegian-inspired ('90's type) Black Metal without much originality but with plenty of attitude and a fierce, thrilling atmosphere so it's well worth a chance.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10