Diocletian
War of All Against All


4.0
excellent

Review

by Kyle Ward STAFF
October 25th, 2010 | 82 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A black/death metal album that manages, through sound songwriting and unrelenting ferocity, to elevate itself above its competitors

Among the veritable pantheon of black/death metal releases this year, New Zealand’s Diocletian have managed to propel themselves toward the top of the list with their second full-length War Of All Against All, follow up to the good but rather underwhelming likes of 2009’s Doom Cult, which showed a band that had a set idea but left home without directions. More focused songwriting prompted an immediate increase in quality, noticeable right from the get-go with “Black Dominion” and not relenting until the atmospheric ambiance that concludes the sixteen-minute closer “Fortress Of The Unconquerable”. Indeed, the down-tuned distortion of the riffs wades in muddy pools of revolving chords that shell out riff after riff of unabated ferocity.

The tempo heads from brazen intensity to more deliberate, doomy plodding that features a small handful of low chords accented with the distant vocals that are both low and unintelligible but brilliantly suited for this brand of music- a style those who are familiar with black/death metal will recognize, but one that is a crucial pillar of the atmosphere. The relative safety of Diocletian to remain within the genre’s bounds is not something that goes against the end result, though, simply because of the sheer quality of the songs here. Ranging from brief one minute affairs to the sixteen minute closer (which, admittedly, is mostly atmospheric noise), the songs cover a wide array of ground that takes advantage of all the instruments in play, from the rolling guitar riffs of “Infernos” to the impressive drumming of “Kingdom Of Rats”, the songwriting takes into account all aspects of the band’s talents.

Despite the fact that it’s all stuff that’s been done before time and again by different bands, War Of All Against All is an infinitely rewarding album that shows taking the genre’s staples and refining them to a point isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The lack of filler is simply a testament to the care taken in the songwriting process to deliver a set of quality songs that deliver in every department. That being said, the shortcomings that critics of the genre bring up won’t be solved on this album, but that wasn’t the aim in the first place. If you’re looking for an album that is filled to the brim with chaotic riffs and immense atmosphere then I can’t see any reason why War Of All Against All will disappoint.



Recent reviews by this author
Horrendous EcdysisIn Flames Siren Charms
Panopticon Roads to the NorthEmpyrium The Turn of the Tides
Wolves in the Throne Room CelestiteAgalloch The Serpent and the Sphere
user ratings (38)
Chart.
3.8
excellent

Comments:Add a Comment 
Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 25th 2010


16478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Infernos" omg so good

Scrambled
October 25th 2010


392 Comments


Plus the album art features demon pubes

ShadowRemains
October 25th 2010


21643 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this rapes, good review as per usual

BallsToTheWall
October 25th 2010


44805 Comments


Personally I dig Doom Cult. This is pretty good so far.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 25th 2010


16478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think this is head and shoulders above Doom Cult. On par with Decimator.

TheSpirit
October 25th 2010


18001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ohhh sounds good

Digging: The Speed of Sound in Seawater - Red Version

ZippaThaRippa
October 25th 2010


2443 Comments


If this is another half hour of static rumbling I'm not getting it, no matter how awesome the drums are

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 25th 2010


16478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

whattttt

ZippaThaRippa
October 25th 2010


2443 Comments


Doom Cult is basically like listening to a microwave dude

ShadowRemains
October 25th 2010


21643 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

not really

ZippaThaRippa
October 25th 2010


2443 Comments


I guess you're right, Diocletian doesn't give me cancer

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 25th 2010


16478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Doom Cult is basically like listening to a microwave dude

Na I don't think so. Regardless, this is better.

ZippaThaRippa
October 25th 2010


2443 Comments


yeah I like what I hear so far. The bass is sooooooooooo coool

rasputin
October 26th 2010


14555 Comments


i wish sputnikers would give more time to absorb albums before reviewing them

that said, the review is pretty good

album is also awesome, much better than doom cult

Xenophanes
Emeritus
October 26th 2010


10663 Comments


Fantastic work as usual.

Digging: Blut Aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta III - Saturnian Poetry

qwe3
October 26th 2010


21368 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Doom Cult is basically like listening to a microwave dude


i want your microwave

liledman
October 26th 2010


3826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

bestial microwave co.


tops doom cult easily.

ZippaThaRippa
October 26th 2010


2443 Comments


It heats my food with the screams of the tormented

JWT155
October 26th 2010


9358 Comments


I have an exam on Diocletian Wed.

liledman
October 26th 2010


3826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

purge some christians



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy