Album Review: Diabolicum – “Ia Pazuzu (The Abyss of the Shadows)”

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There is nothing like a nearly-15-year hiatus to allow a band time to refresh and update their sound. And that’s what we’ve got with Swedish industrial black metal trio Diabolicum, who haven’t released a full-length since 2001. They emerge from that hibernation to release la Pazuzu (The Abyss of the Shadows), an album that combines more than just industrial and black metal elements across its 40-minute run time. On it, Diabolicum harnesses all the energy, hatred and evil of black metal while sprinkling elements of lighter genres in a DJ-like, almost trance-like, manner. And despite the usually confining label of “industrial” there are diverse ingredients to admire throughout. Continue reading