Formed in 2005, Diablo Blvd hail from Antwerp, Belgium, the band is named after a Corrosion Of Conformity song and is lead by stand-up comedian and singer Alex Agnew. With current and ex-members of bands like A Brand, Born From Pain and Meuris, this eclectic five-piece quickly started to turn heads and play shows to appreciative crowds all over Belgium and The Netherlands.
Building on groovy riffs, catchy choruses and a charismatic stage presence, Diablo Blvd offers what made their heroes great within a wide range of influences from the heavy genres (like Danzig, The Cult, Guns 'N' Roses, Black Label Society and Type Of Negative), classic rock and even blues.
After two full-length albums and numerous shows around Europe Diablo Blvd visited ICP studios in Brussels with producer Ace Zec to record the brand new album "Follow The Deadlights" in collaboration with the American duo Jay Ruston (mix) and Paul Logus (mastering) who have previously been behind the sound of Anthrax, Stone Sour, Meatloaf and Steel Panther.
Naturally the band expressed their thrill with the news, adding that "Signing to Nuclear Blast is like getting the hot chick everybody wants. They were our first choice when we started looking for a deal and to see it actually coming through still feels unreal".
"Follow The Deadlights" is planned for release on January 23, 2015 via Nuclear Blast.
The official lyric video for the first single off the album, 'Rise Like Lions', can now be streamed here.
Alex Agnew - vocals
Andries Beckers -guitar
Dave Hubrechts - guitar
Kris Martens - drums
Tim Bekaert - bass
Make sure to catch them live:
10.10.2014 - NL Den Haag - Paard Van Troje
11.10.2014 - NL Goes - 't Beest
17.10.2014 - B Lebbeke - CC De Biekorf
24.10.2014 - B Aarschot - Club De Klinker
31.10.2014 - NL Tilburg - 013
07.11.2014 - NL Groningen Vera
21.11.2014 - B Vosselaar - Biebob
22.11.2014 - NL Eindhoven - Speedfest
28.11.2014 - NL - Hilversum Podium De Vorstin
20.12.2014 - B - Pandfest
Earlier this month Belgium's Saille revealed details of their forthcoming record ‘Eldritch’ which will be released on 10th November via Code666 Records.
Now they offer their teaser video for fans, covering all aspects of the forthcoming album, click here to watch it
Speaking about the new album, keyboardist Dries Gaerdelen admits that it "differs quite a bit from our two previous albums" in as far as they "wanted the new songs to be more guitar oriented and more edgy, so we worked on the songs in a different way than we used to".
He goes on to add that their guitarists "Reinier Schenk and Jonathan Vanderwal started writing the songs from a guitar perspective adding the keyboards and drums later on. On our two previous albums ‘Ritu’ and ‘Irreversible Decay’ the songs were created the other way around.”
Furthermore he admits that the band's "new drummer Kevin De Leener had a big impact on the creation of this album, as his input from a drummers perspective was higher than we're used to. These factors, songs being based on drums and guitars, form a solid base for haunting melodic black metal songs".
Saille vocalist Dennie Grondelaers was sole writer for all of the lyrics on the forthcoming album, this time they focus on the topics of horror literature from the turn-of-the-20th century and modern era, additionally they accidentally introduced a Lovecraft based album, although unintended it is "noticeable throughout the whole record, and can't be ignored. Even stronger, the source of every song, except for ‘Walpurgis’ (based on Goethe's Faust), can be considered as proto-, post- or pure Lovecraftian"
With respect to the limited digipak edition of the album, Saille went for gold and contacted " all currently living writers (or their heirs) of the books we based our lyrics upon", this lead to them gaining permission from writers such as Stephen King, thus allowing them to use any quote they wished from any of the books, the quotes that Dries are talking of "will be displayed next to our lyrics for our fans to compare / embrace"
Colin Marks, designer of the forthcoming album's artwork was giving his commandments on what the band wanted, but when this was done he was free to add in anything to the artwork itself.
He goes further into depth by saying that
“The band requested something quite dark, with hints of horror, so I wanted to give the image a fairly vast and ominous atmosphere. An initial suggestion referred to certain lyrical themes of an ancient library of sorts and / or occult characters, so I took this as a good starting point and constructed this huge dark old structure built into a large cave-like rock formation. It was important to keep the tone dark and mysterious, with a tiny barely noticeable figure within the entrance, which people can read into however they wish. The additional artwork in the layout ties in with the cover concept and further explores the surroundings. I wanted it to represent not only the music, but also the bands various influences, and hopefully we've achieved that quite accurately."
Veteran Brussels-based Black Metal horde Enthroned will stir up blasphemy for two live dates in May. Whilst headlining London's annual Infernal Damnation Festival, they will play an additional show in Bristol. They are promoting their new album 'Obsidium' on tour, the album is out via Agonia Records.
18th May - UK - Bristol - The Croft
19th May - UK - London - The Underworld (Infernal Damnation Festival)