Will Haven
El Diablo


4.5
superb

Review

by AnvilJ USER (7 Reviews)
September 11th, 2010 | 13 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: El Diablo is sonic excess in its purest form that both exhausts and rewards the listener in full.

Will Haven were never trendy like their geographic musical neighbors and friends The Deftones but on El Diablo Will Haven are every inch as good. Just don’t expect to find much melody.

El Diablo bears some similarities with The Deftones in the way the guitar creates soundscapes but the similarities do not extend further. Will Haven have more in common with Earth Crisis or Snapcase in their underlying beliefs and ardent harsh delivery.

Will Haven’s S/T EP was seven blasts of 2m30s tunes. Some of the EP songs were memorable (notably ‘Choke’) but the EP left mostly left promises and potential without a real imprint. El Diablo fixes that. El Diablo leaves a hole. El Diablo leaves a gaping sore chasm.

El Diablo is an example of how to harness raw power into a maturely produced recording. El Diablo is eerie. El Diablo is scary. El Diablo is the devil. Each component of the band plays its part but none more than the bass player. The bass scrapes your ears, heads inside, liquefies your brain and then puts it back together as a sodden mess where even mushrooms can’t grow. It is glorious. That is not to say it is not 100% non-melodic, but it is the ground on which the band walks. The guitar serves to plummets and undulate harsh waves of sound on top of the bass onto which the demon talks whilst the waves of cymbals crash behind.

There is nothing so unfamiliar about the chorus-verse-chorus-verse-bridge-chorus-verse of the compositions. The familiar structure allows you something to hold on to. You know instinctively where things start and end but not quite when. The result is an experience where you are forced to catch your breath and that the end of each song serves to make the anticipation of the next song more bleak and harrowing. This is Wuthering Heights the horror musical.

Unlike the EP El Diablo comes down in blaze of melancholic horn glory, which acts as a wonderful epitaph after the constant incessant exhaustive power you have you just witnessed. The only way to overcome this grief is to start it over and play it again.

If you appreciate texture and are not afraid of harsh sounds it does not get much better than this.



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ConsiderPhlebas
September 11th 2010


6157 Comments


An old favourite. Sounds oddly similar to a lot of the post metal knocking around today.

AnvilJ
September 11th 2010


124 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yes. I actually wrote a paragraph about this album fitting loosely into post-rock, but deleted it as the paragraph distracted from the actual music and would have cliched its value. That said, it did have a huge effect on many people that listened to it.

SteelErectedb4you8er
September 11th 2010


2620 Comments


Dude, good review. Glad to see someone giving this album mucho props. They were kick ass band and this paves the way.

EnCrypt.
September 11th 2010


882 Comments


Hawks?

SteelErectedb4you8er
September 11th 2010


2620 Comments


No, somehow hawks and have the same avatar by coincidence. I will change it soon though

EnCrypt.
September 12th 2010


882 Comments


your name is awesome

AnvilJ
September 12th 2010


124 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I've finished my Carpe Diem review. I'll leave the EP to someone else.

SteelErectedb4you8er
September 12th 2010


2620 Comments


Thanks EnCrypt. Awesome AnvilJ, way to give this band some props.

ForeignFilm
September 5th 2013


129 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I found a 1997 el diablo tour shirt on ebay and wear it every other day. Fuck yeah WHVN.

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
October 23rd 2015


14235 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

lol i was about to comment on the deftones similarity then i saw them mentioned in the first bit of the review



defo some similarities

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Muppelope
March 31st 2017


1678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This band is underappreciated.

doomes
January 19th 2018


279 Comments


new album march 23rd boiiiiiiiiiiiii

Supercoolguy64
July 9th 2018


8808 Comments


ive seen my fate rulez

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