Iron Mask – Diabolica


Twenty seconds into “I Don’t Forget, I Don’t Forgive,” I have one thing to say: this gonna be fun. It’s got everything a typical Iron Mask song should have. It’s got catchy power-metal riffs, a hooking chorus, and some impressive solo work. The opener may be standard-fare,  but it shows a band with rediscovered energy, backed by a capable vocalist (unlike Fifth Son of Winterdoom). Diego Valdez brings character (at times reminding me of a mix between Ripper Owens and Dio) to Iron Mask‘s music and life to a band that, I felt, fell flat in 2013. The guitar work has also returned in a big way; transitioning melodic passages into crushing riffs and filling every void with finger-numbing fret-work. So far, this feels pretty good. And it only gets better from here.


Rating: 4.0/5.0
Origin: Belgium
Worldwide Release: September 20th, 2016

01. I Don’t Forget, I Don’t Forgive 04:40
02. Doctor Faust 07:38
03. Galileo 06:44
04. Oliver Twist 06:30
05. March 666 04:55
06. All for Metal 03:58
07. The Rebellion of Lucifer 06:01
08. Diabolica 05:08
09. The First and the Last 04:01
10. Ararat 07:05
11. Flying Fortress 04:53
12. Cursed in the Devil’s Mill 13:45
Total playing time: 1:15:18

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