‘Amongst The Flames Of A Burning God’ is the first Diocletian album after its near death and then resurrection due to an 80% lineup transplant. Unlike previous albums, which crushed you by surprise under their monstrous treads, this Diocletian is a feral one which fills you with dread while it stalks you in full view then rips you apart with its huge predatory razor sharp teeth. Its nature pronounces itself through well crafted ‘tension and attack’ sections, sharpened by angry divebomb guitar solos along with dual high and low rhythmic lead vocals from R.W (ex Dawn of Azazel) and Impurath (ex Black Witchery).
At 27 minutes ‘Amongst The Flames’ is also the shortest Diocletian album. Far less polished than its predecessor, ‘Gesundrian’. Its production is closer to the raw filth of debut, ‘Doom Cult’. But with less emphasis on low end or prominence of drums in its mix. Something which enhances its aggressive nature.
The first of three standout tracks ‘Nuclear Wolves’ opens ‘Amongst The Flames’, setting the album’s tone in its full fierce impact. ‘Degenerate Swarm’ continues the theme before arriving at the king hitter of the album, ‘Repel the Attack’. “Repel...’ in my opinion is the strongest Diocletian composition to date. Its introduction to the album of descending riffs using either minor harmonies, chords, scales or a combination (I can’t tell for sure under the chaos) make it stand out along with it’s rhythmic chanted chorus. Something else that’s prominent on this album. On ‘Berserker Rites’ descending riff theme continues into ‘Invincibility through Strife’ and then ‘Procreate Strength’. ‘Plundered By Hyenas’ for some reason I can’t put my finger on, I’m brought back to reality and reminded that I’m listening to a band of human musicians recorded and mixed onto audio files. This is only a brief interlude however as album closer and final standout ‘Restart Civilisation’ drags us back into the post apocalyptic world of the hunter and the hunted with it’s opening doom and late appearance of Penderecki’s ‘Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima’ (Google it) which also bids our existence goodbye in it’s dying screech.
A secret is in the hidden groove.
|Much thought has gone into the presentation of 'Amongst The Flames Of A Burning God' Which sees the return of simplified imagery, also reminiscent of 'Doom Cult'|
|Each format has been made unique. Including the CD edition which is not featured here.|
Critics could ask, is this a different Diocletian using the same name? To which I answer, no, it’s a different chapter of the same concept. A chapter which is in an intermediary stage. Building toward the brilliance of it’s final crescendo, which I hope leaves off from ‘Repel the Attack’.