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"The Green Goddess" (Necropolis)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

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Diabolique is probably the most odd of all the bands on the Necropolis roster. Necropolis, typically known for their support of bands that tread the murky waters of blasphemous music, have Diabolique under their wing. Diabolique sound nothing like their Necropolis label mates.  Diabolique only skirt the fringes of what constitutes metal. However, Diabolique doesn't sound much like any other genre either - and it seems that 'misunderstood' endeavors get lumped in with the metal crowd.

Diabolique are too dark to be pop, too smooth to be metal, and too mysterious to be hard rock. "The Green Goddess" contains a bevy of very gothic style of keyboard driven songs with clean vocals. The only apt description of Diabolique is a European-styled Type O Negative without the Beatles influence or the dark humor (or any humor for that matter).  Another way to look at Diabolique is to think of Theatre Of Tragedy without the guitars or the growling vocals. 

In order to appreciate "The Green Goddess" it's best to focus on the vocal melodies. Highlights like "Remedy" and "Models" come right to the top of the list. The vocals sound very much like Bryan Ferry (a decidedly non-metal vocalist, by the way) with female vocals snaking in and out of the musical tapestry. The deep timbre of the male vocals intertwined with the delicate female vocals makes for a fairly emotional package.

With nary a guitar in sight Diabolique still manage to make an interesting sound, albeit one that will likely only appeal to those with open minds. But don't fret - there is some guitar on "The Green Goddess."  "Models" has a shimmering, static-y guitar buzzing in the background ... or could it be a really good programmed synth?

The production is very clean and very good. Good production is still no substitute for the fact that this isn't a metal CD by any stretch of the imagination.

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Rating Guide:

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retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) So-so. You've heard better.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

restinks.jpg (954 bytes) Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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