Stygian Crypt Productions
DIATHRA from Belarus is a band that was formed for the first time back in 1995. They released their debut album entitled “Wistful Autumn Dance” in 2002 and in 2008 their sophomore entitled “My Endless Sorrow”. This is their third full length studio release and it came out in 2014. As you can see here there is a pattern since DIATHRA release an album every 6 years. The reasons for this long time between the albums are the usual ones, the band underwent line – up changes.
THE COVER: The cover shows an old fashioned balcony which has a view to a sea or a lake and you can see dead trees inside this lake or sea. Also in front of this you can see a red flower (maybe an orchid? I can’t say). The cover has intense and dark colors and I think it represents visually the music of the band.
MUSICAL STYLE: I am not an expert for the kind of sound that DIATHRA play, but as their bio sheet says they play atmospheric gothic doom metal. I think that this description is quite accurate. The band tries to create a dark and nostalgic atmosphere by using melancholic melodies and mid – tempo speeds. Also the band has a theatrical approach and this is expressed by the use of female melodic vocals and dark male vocals.
COMPOSITIONS: The new album of DIATHRA has 7 new compositions most of which have duration of over 5 minutes. These compositions have as a common element the fact that they try to create to the listener nostalgic and sad emotions. I can’t say that the band reminded me of something in specific, but they surely have similarities to bands like THEATER OF TRAGEDY, MY DYING BRIDE and HAGGARD.
CONCLUSION: DIATHRA play the kind of sound that is not my cup of tea, but I have to be objective and say that these guys know this style well and create songs that can move the listener. I think that the fans of atmospheric metal music will enjoy this new DIATHRA album.