DIABLA – Small Talk / I’m the Snake

DIABLA - Small Talk / I'm the Snake


Release date: January 31, 2006

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This is the latest demo by this Norwegian Hard Rock/Punk/Pop/Grunge/Metal act, and it definitely shows that the band has some true potential. The demo consists of two songs, namely “Small Talk” and “I’m the Snake” (as probably the observant reader would have understood already).

“Small Talk” is a rather aggressive, Punk-kinda track with lots of very good guitars. The way Stig Rolfsen (who, by the way, is no longer in the band and has been replaced by Kjell Age Hartveidt Karlsen) incorporates effects in certain parts (like the arpeggios at 1:40) is awesome, and the upfront, thumping bass from the very talented Morten Granheim is also impressive. This track shows the angrier side of singer Beathe Sanden, and her voice suits the music very well both on this track and during the calmer and more pop-ish “I’m the Snake,” both, of which, are penned by Sanden.

“I’m the Snake” showcases the atmospheric side of the band, with dreamy chords and vocals, but still the chorus is uptempo and melodic with a great, choppy rhythm and some nice, spicy drumming from Tarald Lie. The guitar work is once again great, and it’s pretty evident that the band has put quite some effort into arranging the material.

Although this isn’t very much music to judge from the band, they do seem very promising indeed, and could very well have a bright future in the spotlight someday.


  • Torgeir P. Krokfjord

    Torgeir was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio. After hearing Malmsteen's "Vengeance" on a guitar mag CD at the age of 12 or 13, he began doing hopeless interpretations of Yngwie licks and it just took off from there. After shorter stints at other zines he was snatched to Metal Express Radio in 2003. Alongside Yngwie, Savatage, WASP, Symphony X, Blind Guardian, Emperor, Arch Enemy, In Flames, Opeth, Motörhead, Manowar, and Queensrÿche are a quick list of musical faves. Torgeir is also guitarist in the Heavy/Prog/Thrash outfit Sarpedon.

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