Diabolique

Butterflies

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At first, this may seem like pretty weird material for a label associated almost exclusively with extreme metal to put out. Diabolique is a poppy rock band with melodic vocals, sung in English with a pronounced Scandinavian accent, and on the album it's all about love, love, and love. A lot of the guitar work is reminiscent of old U2, albeit a bit more morose and less triumphant, using plenty of delay and reverb. The production values are pretty good for a standard radio-style pop album, complete with layered vocals, Hammond B-3 organ and keyboards, backup singers, etc. After contemplating why the members of a group like this would allow themselves to be associated with such an "evil" roster of metal bands, it must be presumed that they have to be going for a "brighter" goth rock image. They fall short of their goal. There is a tinge of My Dying Bride-style sadness, but it's so tame and poppy that it more resembles a less lyrically creative R.E.M. In "Rain," for example, Kristian Wahlin sings, "I should be praying but I don't want you to know/If the rain will fall like the summer rains." If the rain falls like rain? What else would we expect? That's not much in the way of a metaphor. Regardless, Diabolique is not a terrible pop band, but it isn't unique either. In the end, this six-song mini-album is well-produced but fairly lackluster, falling far short of the standout tracks or memorable hooks that should be the centerpiece of a good pop album.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
4:02
2
4:01
3
3:58
4
3:27
5
4:15
6
4:13
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