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“Luciferian Black Light” is a torrent of blasting drums and seething, viperlike riffs from the very beginning, with ugly, blood-freezing vocals that conjure visions of demons in a fury. When the pace slows to a stalking pace, the song becomes memorably bleak as well as bestial, with melancholy matched to a murderous menace.

 

http://www.nocleansinging.com/2017/03/29/shades-of-black-part-2-sincarnate-farsot-opus-diaboli-appalling-motherwood/

 

One thing leads to another. Last month we came across a track named “Luciferian Black Light” from Black Light of Destruction, the new album by a black metal band originally from Uruguay named Opus Diaboli, and praised it in one of our collections of new black metal. And now we bring you another new song, “Glory In Steel“, in advance of the album’s May 10 release by Satanath Records and The Ritual Productions.

 

We’re told that Opus Diaboli was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 2005 as the brainchild of guitarist L.W. Alexander. Although a full band participated in the early recordings, Opus Diaboli has now become LWA’s solo project. The songs on Black Light of Destruction were written across the 12-year history of the project.

 

The track we’re bringing you today, “Glory In Steel“, has the ring of classic black metal, with elements and atmosphere reminiscent of Filosofem-era Burzum among others. In its opening movements it’s scalding in its intensity, propelled by driving blast-beats and vocals that deliver a hot acid bath of fury, the high buzzing riffs both snarling and sorrowing. And the pain that courses through the tumult is tangible — the piercing melody, delivered through a scarring hail of abrasion, creates sensations of both surging savagery and chilling, heart-aching wretchedness.

 

The song does eventually become more subdued, the pace becoming stately, and the music exuding an atmosphere of dying majesty. When the rush resumes, a piercing solo rises up in a deranged, devastating frenzy, pushing the intensity to the splintering point.

 

 

 

Black Light of Destruction features hellish cover art by Paint-It-Black Design. It will be released digitally and in a jewel-case CD edition.

 

http://www.nocleansinging.com/2017/04/13/an-ncs-premiere-opus-diaboli-glory-in-steel/

 

Opus  Diaboli  are  a  band  from  Uruguay  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  and  traditional  form  ofblack  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Black  Light  Of  Destruction"  which  will  be  released  on  May  1oth  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records  and  The  Ritual  Productions.

 

    Raw  yet  melodic  riffing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  that  have  a  depressive  tone  to  them  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a   great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  along  with  the  music  being  heavily  rooted  in  the  second  wave  90's  tradition.

 

  Clean  playing  and  thunder  sounds  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  words  and  the  guitar  leads  also  bring  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  atmospheric  sounds  and  clear  singing  can  be  heard  briefly  and  acoustic  guitars  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

 

  Opus  Diaboli  plays  a  style  of  black  metal t hat  is  very  raw  while  also  having  a  depressive  edge  and  a  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Luciferian,  Norse  Paganism,  Anti  Christianity,   Battles  and  War  themes,

 

  In  my  opinion  Opus  Diaboli  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  traditional  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording. 

 

http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.ru/2017/05/opus-diaboliblack-light-of.html

Opus Diaboli are an odd proposition, a band from South America (Uruguay to be exact) who seem completely at odds with their heritage. In fact, they are seemingly completely obsessed with Scandinavian history and custom. Their take on Black Metal is distinctly kvlt and a little trite. Their debut album offers a little promise for the future.

Proceedings are opened with “Ilmariner”, warped and ice laden; certainly not what you what you would expect from a band from souther climes. It is a textured and layered beginning. Next up is “Glory In Steel”, a snarling beast that glowers and roars and outstays its welcome by a good two minutes. “Luciferian Black Light” moves things along; a slightly predictable torrent of blackened venom. Nevertheless, the riffing is always on point and impressive. The cult like chanting, akin to ushering a black mass, adds a different dimension as well.

“Red Battlefield” comes on like “Triarchy…” era Rotting Christ, replete with a captivating sense of melody, as Lord Wolf Alexander howls himself hoarse. “In Flames” is also a fine ditty, blessed of blistering intensity, and leaves the listener in a daze, searching for their missing teeth! Suffice to say it bears no resemblance to the band of the same name. The eerie feel of “Better To Be A Mortal Than A Crucified Whore” bleeds into thrashy warfare. It bobs and weaves like a drunken boxer; a chaotic assault which is again slightly over long.”Rivers Of Blood” is sheer sonic terrorism, a wall of noise – like Black Metal being molested by Grindcore. If you can imagine such a thing.

The album closes with “Hymn Of Ragnarok”; an epic call to arms with a distinctly viking-esque intro motif straight from the Bathory playbook, I would go as far to say it plunders Quorthon’s grave. Credit where it is due, for at least trying something different.

Opus Diaboli have a sound that it kvltish and grim, but a little bit too safe and unadventurous. To my jaded ears it lacks individual identity and occasionally sounds offkey. The vocals are akin to a tortured Vard Vikernes or a pre-pubescent Wookiee. Sometimes a chore, but worth a listen.

 

http://www.theindependentvoice.org/2017/06/28/opus-diaboli-black-light-of-destruction/

 

 

Pronti a fare il giro del mondo? Gli Opus Diaboli (nulla a che vedere con quegli scarsoni dei Corpus Diaboli) erano un gruppo di Montevideo, Uruguay, attivo da una decina d'anni. Parlo al passato perché Lord Wolf Alexander l'ha fatto diventare un progetto in solitaria e -stando a Metal Archives e ai post su Facebook- lui si è oramai stabilito in Messico. 'Black Lights of Destruction' (Satanath Records), unico lavoro di cui c'è traccia online, è classico black metal e potrebbe sembrare noiosissimo già da questo, ma la realtà è un'altra. Tante melodie di diversa estrazione, dal pagan di ispirazione Graveland ad altre più depressive, si accompagnano a un cantato molto vario, spesso acutissimo e disperato. Per fare qualche riferimento geografico, si può dire che c'è più di qualcosa del black finlandese assieme a qualcosa di più tipicamente norvegese in alcuni passaggi più diretti. Le canzoni sono tutti diverse l'una dall'altra e si fanno ascoltare con molto gusto, grazie ad arrangiamenti semplici e sempre di qualità, per cui si rimane piacevolmente sorpresi dalla scorrevolezza e dall'interesse sempre ben alimentato. Si vede che l'aria messicana fa bene al black metal, visto che anche gli Evilforces hanno appena pubblicato un bell'album.

 

http://www.hardsounds.it/speciali/metal-bricolage-le-migliori-one-man-band-di-questo-periodo

 

 

Me encantan los lanzamientos de black metal cuando son tan trues y oscuros que apenas te dan informacion y apenas pasan de ser una sombra oscura y totalmente blasfema dentro de la escena extrema. Sin embargo, Opus Diaboli no tiene precisamente un bagaje reciente, si no que ya lleva tiempo en el candelero, 11 años como ya nos ofrecieron en su disco anterior conmemorativo “11 Years of War, Chaos and Destruction” (Auto producido en el 2016) desde su Uruguay natal (a día de hoy en México), y no podemos dejar de reseñar que en la última gira de Hate estuvieron con ellos.

 

El sonido del grupo tiene un norte muy claro: black metal atmosférico y lúgubre con una buena armonía como colchón de las partes vocales. En este aspecto destacan sobremanera la forma de atacar las líricas, con un tono desquiciado y doliente, tal como un alma se quemase como antorcha en el infierno. Destaca la buena textura y la forma heterogénea del primer tema “Ilmarinen” bastante rico en matices y muy oscuro, ademas de interesante y brutal. En el segundo tema del disco “Glory In Steel” tenemos un tema de casi 9 minutos, con una produccion mas de estar por casa, bastante primitiva y rocosa. El sonido del tema es totalmente old school, primando la velocidad y la armonía de guitarra única, un tanto del estilo de unos Dark Throne en sus primeros tiempos, con algún toque vocal distintivo. Seguimos en este acto ténebre con “Luciferian Black Light”  otro corte de larga duración, siete minutos y medio, con una producción que busca el sonido mas crudo y primitivo. En este corte hay algunas digresiones en el sonido, tambien en algunos puntos vocales, pero en su estructura es particularmente homogéneo sin apenas sorpresas, salvo un compás central mas melódico que dota al corte de su propio carácter. En el siguiente corte “Red Battlefield” tenemos un ambiente mas cargado gracias a la cadencia rítmica del tema y a un tono vocal mas abierto, con unas guitarras melódicas resultando bastante interesante el resultado, aunque tampoco sorprenda. En “In Flames”  cambiamos la cadencia y entramos en un tempo mucho mas dinámico, volviendo al tono rocoso de la composición y las líricas histéricas, que sin embargo, por la fuerza del tema, dan un buen resultado puro old school.En  “Better To Be A Mortal Than A Crucified Whore” entramos en otro corte de larga duración, 7 minutos y medio, en el que su principal virtud es esa atmósfera malsana y densa que el grupo logra a través de los ritmos del tema, cambiando las cadencias y mostrando su potencia. Lo único negativo del tema es que en algún momento su ejecución no es del todo buena. Seguimos con “Rivers Of Blood” un corte de sonido aún mas cavernoso y primitivo que parece de serie “b”  directamente sacado de una sesión de garaje. No le veo mucho sentido a esa linea de producción pues no te deja apreciar del todo el tema. Cerramos el disco con “Hymn Of Ragnarok” otro tema relativamente largo, que al contrario que el otro tema si tiene una produccion mejor realizada. Es un corte de brutalidad manifiesta, veloz y malsano gracias a las distintas vertientes de las partes vocales, que en definitiva da un buen tema de black metal con diferentes atmósferas y contextos.

 

Creo que estamos delante de un disco bastante irregular, que en ocasiones parece estar hecho de retales, naufraga brutalmente en la mezcla y producción, y que no tiene claro cual es su horizonte, si acaso el brutal y acelerado black metal, o el cisma oscuro y atmosférico. No obstante tiene unos cuantos temas muy interesantes y que pueden dar un buen fruto en el futuro.

 

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The Uruguayan quartet known as Opus Diaboli have released their debut album Black Light of Destruction through Satanath Records. Allow the Klown to start by saying that these guys invoke the spirit of black metal in its humblest beginnings. “Ilmarinen” and “Hymn of Ragnarok” are a great example of that description. The track itself features sounds of Bathory when Tomas “Quorthon” Forsberg began to incorporate some folk like influences to his brand of black metal which is best heard in “Hymn of Ragnarok.” From there on, the album mostly features sounds near identical to that of an earlier Darkthrone, Mayhem and Emperor. Most prominently “Glory In Steel,” “Luciferian Black Light,” “In Flames” and the Disneyesque title of “Better to be a Mortal than a Crucified Whore.” One of the Klown’s favorites in this album happened to be “Rivers of Blood” not only did it bring some intensity in the form of drumming and some guitar riffs. Front man/ guitarist Lord Wolf Alexander sounded like a younger Atila Csihar of Mayhem if he had added more ghost-like screeching to his vocalization. For die hard black metal enthusiasts and if you fancy yourselves kvlt, the Klown definitely recommends this album. If you need some convincing, you can check their bandcamp to hear it for yourself.

 

https://ughmetal.com/2017/05/17/the-trials-of-may-12/

 

 

 

 

-Η υπεράσπιση ας καλέσει τον μάρτυρά της.

 

-Μάλιστα κύριε Πρόεδρε. Η υπεράσπιση καλεί τον κύριο Ανδρέα Μπλακά.

 

-Κύριε Μπλακά, όπως θα γνωρίζετε καλείστε να υπερασπιστείτε το ντεμπούτο άλμπουμ των Ουρουγουανών Opus Diaboli, οι οποίοι αν και έχουν ιδρυθεί το 2005, κατάφεραν να κυκλοφορήσουν τον πρώτο τους δίσκο μόλις φέτος. Σύμφωνα με το κατηγορητήριο ο εν λόγω δίσκος, με τίτλο “Black Light of Destruction”, είναι ένας ακόμα Black Metal δίσκος, που πατάει στα τυπικά μονοπάτια του είδους χωρίς να προσφέρει κάτι το καινούργιο. Τι έχετε να πείτε επ’ αυτού;

 

-Κύριε Πρόεδρε, να πω καταρχήν ότι έχω ασχοληθεί επισταμένως με τον συγκεκριμένο δίσκο και θα σας πω την άποψή μου. Ναι, ισχύει ότι στο μεγαλύτερο μέρος της η συγκεκριμένη κυκλοφορία ακολουθεί τη βασική συνταγή που ακολουθούν οι περισσότεροι δίσκοι του είδους. Έχει πολλά up-tempo ξεσπάσματα, με άφθονα blast beats, γρήγορες κιθάρες με εκείνο το πολύ ωραίο παγωμένο αλλά και ταυτόχρονά μελωδικό συναίσθημα, high-pitched φωνητικά και μια όμορφη σκοτεινή ατμόσφαιρα. Επίσης, υπάρχουν και πολλές low-tempo στιγμές, αφού όπως είναι γνωστό, είναι συνήθως αρεστό στα Black Metal συγκροτήματα να κατεβάζουν ξαφνικά ρυθμούς και να εισέρχονται σε πιο Doom μελωδικά και ατμοσφαιρικά μονοπάτια.

 

-Αλλά…;

 

-Συγγνώμη; Τι αλλά;

 

-Ε, κάπου εδώ δεν έρχεται το αλλά;

 

-Α, ναι, μάλιστα… Αλλά που λέτε, είναι επίσης γεγονός ότι οι Opus Diaboli έχουν δημιουργήσει ένα πολύ καλό πρώτο αποτέλεσμα. Καταρχήν ο δίσκος είναι συμπαγής και δυνατός και σε αυτό βοηθάει η πολύ καλή παραγωγή, που απογειώνει τα κομμάτια. Επίσης, στο μεγαλύτερο μέρος, τα φωνητικά είναι περισσότερο φωναχτά και βγάζουν μία απόγνωση, που ταιριάζει αρκετά στο σκοτεινό και παγωμένο χαρακτήρα του δίσκου. Πολύ ωραία είναι και τα μελωδικά σημεία και ιδιαίτερα εκεί που κλείνουν το μάτι, έστω και για λίγο, στο Post-Rock. Γενικά θα έλεγα κύριε Πρόεδρε ότι σίγουρα το “Black Light of Destruction” δεν είναι κάτι το πρωτόγνωρο στο χώρο του Black Metal, όμως δεν παύει να είναι μία δυναμική κυκλοφορία που σίγουρα θα ικανοποιήσει τους οπαδούς του είδους. Δεν πρόκειται με τίποτα να το μετανιώσουν αν αποκτήσουν το δίσκο.

 

-Μάλιστα. Ο εισαγγελέας τι λέει;

 

-Κύριε Πρόεδρε, θα έλεγα ότι η υπεράσπιση του κύριου Μπλακά ήταν τεκμηριωμένη και πειστική, οπότε θα πρότεινα την αθώωση της εν λόγω κυκλοφορίας.

 

-Ωραία, αθώα η κυκλοφορία. Λήγει η συνεδρίαση.

 

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Although formed way back in 2005 in Uruguay, this is OPUS DIABOLI's debut album. South American Black Metal bands will always be compared to the titans of their area, namely SARCOFAGO and early SEPULTURA from Brazil, and also some killer bands from nearby countries like Chile. But very few come out of Uruguay and even now I can just remember a handful of bands from there. OPUS DIABOLI plays a very 90s style of Black Metal, very much influenced by early BURZUM, MAYHEM and BATHORY with some really wicked high pitched vocals. Musically speaking the band is quite competent, also they do have a very good recording quality and even if the guitars are also a bit high pitched, they do sound good and thus more powerful than some recordings of the bands that influenced them. While there is plenty of speed in the songs, when the band plays in a slower tempo, they do tend to sound a bit like a depressive suicidal Black Metal band. I like the way they keep things simple and direct, it gives them a crude Death Metal aura and the early SLAYEResque sloppy solos also work fine. At over 45 minutes, I think it is a bit too long for the style of music, as some songs tend to sound alike, and the vocals get a bit annoying after a while. But those looking for quality Black Metal bands influenced by the 90s Norwegians need to look no further.

 

http://www.voicesfromthedarkside.de/Albums-EPs-Demos/O/OPUS-DIABOLI--11152.html

 

 

Uruguay maniacs Opus Diaboli return after some 10 years with " Black Light Of Destruction " , determined to kick your ass  and that, they do. Raw, chaotic, evil Black Metal rapes your speakers for nearly 50 mins  - just the perfect length for such a devastating onslaught. Unintelligible, visceral rasps take center stage like a fucking demon haunting your mind, while the drums blast away incessantly no incessant blast beat crap, just some thunderous hammering of the skins.Mid to fast-paced, " Black Light Of Destruction " varies from haunting and menacing, kind of suspenseful, all the way to a blackened speedfest that destroys everything in its path. No fancy guitar work, though the delivery at slower speed is pretty damn effective in creating a bone-chilling atmosphere. Throw in some good old school, basic and savage riffage, the kind of stuff you expect from Opus Diaboli and you've got a party. The decent production doesn't deter the raw nature of the material here; it simply ensures that your ears are meticulously assaulted by this sonic assault. Looking forward to hearing more stuff from these guys.

 

https://acierdouxtngma.blogspot.ru/2017/07/review-opus-diaboli-black-light-of.html

 

 

Já falámos muitas vezes da forma como o metal extremo sul-americano evoluiu nas últimas décadas. Do som precário e fotos promocionais constrangedoras passámos a uma abordagem e imagem mais cuidadas. Na maior parte dos casos pelo menos. No caso dos uruguaios Opus Diaboli (entretanto sediados no Méxicos), algumas das fotos podem ser caricatas, mas o seu som é coisa séria. Black metal primitivo com o foco nos riffs em tremolo picking, daqueles que ficam colados à cabeça. A voz também se destaca pela sua prestação desesperada e económica - aparece na quantidade ideal para não a enjoar já que o registo é sempre o mesmo. Este é um álbum de estreia com poder suficiente para atrair os fãs de black metal sem grande dificuldade. Não fosse a produção oscilante que faz com que se sinta que é o trabalho não uniforme e o impacto seria maior.

 

http://radiowom.blogspot.com/2017/07/world-of-metal-magazine-6-out-now-ja.html