The 1998 Third Studio Album Of Stellar Dark & Symphonic Black Metal From Katatonia’s Anders Nystrom
Diabolical Masquerade was the solo-project created by Katatonia’s Anders ‘Bl- akkheim’ Nystr m in 1996, to let off more creative steam away from the gothic/ doom metal styling of Katatonia. Diabolical Masquerade released 4 albums in total, before Blakkheim laid the project to rest in 2004.
‘Nightwork’ was the third album by Diabolical Masquerade. It was recorded at The Sanctuary in April 1998 and saw a release later that year. The album was produced by Dan Swan (Opeth, Katatonia) and Blakkheim.
Although a solo-project, Blakkheim enlisted the help of Dan Swan to perform the drums, as well as contributing with some keyboards and backing vocals.
Diabolical Masquerade was based primarily around symphonic/melodic black metal, creating eerie atmospheres through keyboards & utilizing more high energy & technical compositions than those of his main band, with complex patterns of riffs and hooks. This album saw a greater integration of synths than previously, to convey a strong horror theme. To further expand this atmos- phere, cello and flute were also incorporated.
Rider On The Bonez ( 05:54 ) / Dreadventurouz ( 05:46 ) / The Zkeleton Keyz To The Dead ( 05:18 ) / Thiz Ghoultimate Omen ( 04:33 ) / All Onboard The Perdition Hearze ! ( 04:57 ) / The Eerie Obzidian Circuz ( 05:37 ) / Haunted By Horror ( 06:57 ) / Cryztalline Fiendz ( 01:49 )