The Florida area has always given birth to countless
bands that have specialized in the business of playing brutal Metal.
DIABOLIC is one of the finest new comers and here is an interview
that I had with them in January... Read on!
have been together since 1997, right?<
in any other bands before that or is DIABOLIC your first band??<
"Bands that no longer exist or that don't matter get no attention. DIABOLIC
is the only band that matters to us."
you guys come together in the first place?<
"Demonic blasphemous unholy powers brought us together to create the outmost
dynamic sounding music on the planet!!"
type of formation do you have as musicians?<
"Attack formation is the only formation!!!"
Metal is the only genre of Metal that you've been playing?<
"Black/Death Metal is what we play but we grew up listening to OZZY, DIO,
BLACK SABBATH, old VAN-HALEN, VENOM, SLAYER, METALLICA, POSSESSED,
DARK ANGEL, MORBID ANGEL, BATHORY, SODOM, KREATOR..."
Of The Dead" demo also came out in 1997. How long did it take for you
guys to put this material together? Was some of the material already written
when you came together?<
"Yes, some of the material was written but we did not have a drummers input.
We arranged the ideas and structured the songs logically. No song should
be too long or too short."
come out on CD right away or was it re-edited on CD afterwards by Fadeless
"First, we released 'City Of The Dead' as a three songs demo back
in August 1997 (two thousand five hundred copies sent out to date). One
thousand five hundred free promotional were sent. We did put it out on a
CD-ROM for a ten copies limited edition. Then we were approached by Fadeless
Records but they wanted more songs. So we pulled out 'Encarta' and
'Inborn', two more songs that we had but did not release. I sat down, cut
out and arranged the inlay with all the pictures and reviews we collected."
a good deal?<
"It was a fair deal for us. We need the exposure."
it do, sales-wise?<
"As a three songs demo, we sold enough demos to keep the mail going out to
starving neckbrake blasphemous Speed/Death Metal die hard fans, mags and
radio stations worldwide. Back then, sales did not matter to us. Last week,
Fadeless has reported over seven hundred CDs were sold and they released
it in october 1999."
like it was very well received by the fans and the industry alike... Some
even called it "one of the best Death Metal demo ever", a statement which
I do agree with...<
this demo that got you signed to Conquest Music?<
"Actually, it was the write up in Metal Maniacs magazine that got us signed,
from the April 1998 issue; Firing squad column."
you guys go about writing new material? Is it a team work or does it dwell
on the shoulders of a few in the band to write and arrange your material?<
"Team work works best!"
your lyrics? Where do you find the inspiration and ideas when it comes to
write lyrics? Is it in your everyday life or will you find the ideas in books
or other stuff?<
"We get our ideas from everywhere..."
released your debut on Conquest. Are you satisfied with the end result or
were there some things that you are not totally satisfied with? I read some
reviews where some say that your demo was a bit better than the album...
What's your opinion on this?<
"I've read a review from this zine that liked the demo more than the
'Supreme Evil' CD because we cross Black Metal with Death Metal.
I really don't care for those reviews because he's basically saying we did
not get better when clearly, we did! That review was aimed against Black
Metal. There are die hard Death Metal people that hate Black Metal and die
hard Black Metal people who hate Death Metal. I hate weak Black Metal and
I hate weak Death Metal. I remember that in the early 80's, when VENOM
ruled Black Metal with power and force! Now Black Metal has this weak cold
production that is copied from the first BATHORY productions... Black
Metal was SLAYER, SODOM, BATHORY, VENOM, DESTRUCTION and POSSESSED...
We are here to reignite the two dynamic forces, like it or not!!! I could
understand if the songs and production got weaker but they got stronger.
Sounds Of Death magazine gave us nine skulls for the demo, but ten
fucking skulls for the 'Supreme Evil' CD! Anyone with a good stereo
and a brain will tell you that the demo is classic but the CD just takes
us to another level altogether!"
the deal with Conquest? Do they do a good job promoting you guys?<
"They're doing the best they can. We have a good working relationship with
Conquest. Our deal with them is for three records."
about the Live aspect of promoting the band? Have you guys toured to support
the release of "Supreme Evil"?<
"We played the Milwaukee Metal Fest 1998, the New England Metal Fest 1999,
we did four dates with MORBID ANGEL, including the first annual Texas
Metal Fest. We are now preparing for the North-American Death Metal Massacre
2000 tour with CANNIBAL CORPSE, GOD DETHRONE and HATE ETERNAL,
starting on February 2nd 2000."
think that you'll be playing in Montréal in the near future?<
"The closest we're playing to Montréal is in Buffalo on February 10,
2000 at Show Place Theater."
some of the best bands you saw on stage during the 90's? And what would be
some of DIABOLIC's best gigs in the 90's?<
"SLAYER and MORBID ANGEL... The best gigs we did were with
MORBID ANGEL, so far."
some of the qualities you guys look for in music when you're writing new
"It depends on what mood we are in... I listen for new and different sounds
to add to our sound, keeping the music sounding evil before the lyrics are
written. I think that musical structures are very important in all music!"
what are your best albums of the 90's?<
"SLAYER's 'Diabolus In Musica', MORBID ANGEL's 'Formulas
Fatal To The Flesh', KRISIUN's 'Apocalyptic Revelation'
and ANGEL CORPSE's 'The Inexorable'..."
enjoy any Canadian bands?<
"VOÏVOD are gods!!! The drummer Away is one of my biggest influences!"
of crowds can you draw in a show?<
"We normally draw more or less three hundred people to the shows we play
here in Tampa."
you say is the most promising young band to come out from your area?<
your plans now for the future?<
"Quit our jobs and tour the world!"
guys already working on some new material? What can we expect from the new
material? And when do you think the next album should come out?<
"Our follow up to 'Supreme Evil' will be entitled 'Subterrianeal
Magnitudes'. All the songs are titled and complete! The new material is
more straight forward. Ed Wedd, our bassist, has taken over the vocals.
He's strong and keeps in good health for the job. We hope to return to the
studio after our North-American tour with CANNIBAL CORPSE."
anyone in the band play in any other side projects?<
"No but we did four cover tunes; a DESTRUCTION song >
'The Ritual'; a KREATOR cut > 'Under The
Guillotine', a VENOM tune > 'Buried Alive', all
for Dwell Records and a POSSESSED track > 'No Will To
Live', for Immortal Records."
I'll stop bothering you right here! Thanks for your time. Do you have any
"Thanks for the interview! I hope to see you on tour! Cheers!!"
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