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Primarily formed to express music of violent psychosexual horror Diabolique got together in early '95. Focusing on writing slow, depressive songs rooted in Goth Rock and horror-movie soundtracks the band begun working on material like "Stealing the Fire from Heaven", "Sorrows piercing Art", "Death Valley" and "Night of the buck Knives".


The first stable line-up was complete later on in '95 and featured Kristian Wåhlin (vocals/guitar), Johan Österberg (guitar), Alf Svensson (bass, ex-AT THE GATES) and Daniel Erlandsson (drums, Eucharist). In early '96 however, both Daniel and Alf left due to lack of time. After a few months of inactivity, Bino Carlsson (bass) and Hans Nilsson (drums) and in July they recorded a self-titled Mini-CD (5 tracks) for Listenable Records due for release early'98. After this recording Diabolique began songwriting for their debut full length on Black Sun Records. The album "Wedding the Grotesque" was recorded in Berno studios and features 9 slow, grinding, depressive songs.


The band's musical influences range from metal bands such as Black Sabbath, Saint Vitus and early Stillborn, to Gothic Rock like The Sisters of Mercy and The Fields of the Nephilim. The lyrics portray darkness, hopelessness and deep, suicidal depression. The debut album was released by Black Sun Records in May '97, and featured 9 songs. As titles such as "Darkman", "Sorrow's Piercing Art" and "The Smiling Black" suggest the album is a ride into death, horror and doom - slow, dark and depressive gothic metal.


Kristian Wåhlin aka Necrolord is well known for his artwork as well as past musical projects such as Liers In Wait and the legendary Grotesque (both of which have released records on Black Sun). He has naturally done a whole batch of paintings for the CD. The work he has done for the 24-page booklet accompanying Diabolique's debut CD "Wedding the Grotesque" is by far his best and most personal. That's no small task considering that in the past he has done masterful covers for albums such as At The Gates' "Slaughter of the Soul", Emperor's "In the Nightside Eclipse", Bathory's "Blood On Ice", Dissection's two first albums as well as the "Where Angels Die" single, Dark Tranquillity's "The Gallery", King Diamond, .... and about seventy more.


Blending a dark melancholia with surging emotional energy, Diabolique has come up with an album so powerfully solid it will define the aesthetics of Goth Rock for the next millennium!