The machine is alive

Diablerie combines the explosive energy of extreme metal with the cold atmosphere of electronic music.


Diablerie from left to right Mäkipää (drums), Ullgrén (guitar), Huntley (bass), Tukiainen (guitar), Villberg (vocals). Photo: Mark Hobson

Diablerie first came online in the year 1998. Even though the original collaboration was considered to be, in layman’s terms, symphonic black metal, a new concept for the band had already formed. The findings of the project were published under the name 'Astro' and were sent to various labels around the globe. This end result was a partnership formed with Avantgarde Music in 1999. One could say that the original Diablerie is on some level a different band than the Diablerie which exists today. Only Henri Villberg (vocals, programming) and Kimmo Tukiainen (guitars) are left from the original lineup. 

Our roots are in various genres of extreme music, black metal to mention one. 

In the spring and summer of 2000 Diablerie took on the task of recording an album  at Sundi Coop Studios in Savonlinna, Finland. Much fine tuning had taken place since Astro and the album carrying the name 'Seraphyde' was released for general consumption in 2001. There was great surprise yet satisfaction regarding the re-interpretation of Diablerie.

"Our roots are in various genres of extreme music, black metal to mention one. Even though our lyrics do have references to concepts in the realm of the supernatural and fictional, in their core we're expressing real things. Musically, the idea of being an electronic band playing extreme metal emerged from somewhere and that has stuck with us while other ideas have passed."

Some time after the release of Seraphyde however, Diablerie took a turn to the worse. The band members were pursuing other musical and non-musical interests and Diablerie became less of a priority for everyone. The band as a group of people slowly drifted apart. 

The idea of a futuristic and experimental extreme metal band - a band which combines the best sides of metal and electronica - was never lost though. In 2006, Chief Engineer Henri Villberg felt that the time was right for Diablerie to be rebooted and brought back online. In order to undertake this mammoth task, Villberg sought to find new collaborators and a decision was made to continue the project with Tomi Ullgrén (Impaled Nazarene, Rapture, Shape of Despair). Work progressed quickly and a new output was released into the public realm in the form of the 'Reactivation EP'.

In order to further legitimise the project, Kimmo Tukiainen was brought back into the fold, with Samppa Hirvonen (Division XIX) also hired to take care of the stability of the project. In 2008, further research material was published in the form of a release under the heading of 'Demo I / MMVIII'. The project found a new location centring around Finland’s capital, Helsinki.

Now that Diablerie was in Helsinki and Hirvonen geographically far away there was a need for someone who could take on his responsibilities. In 2010 the lineup was completed by Iain Huntley (Rapture, Catabolic) and Petri Mäkipää (Ghoul Patrol, Fleshred, The Nibiruan). Now that Diablerie was stronger than ever it was possible to breathe life into 'Transition EP' in 2012 and it's improved and even more explosive version "Transition 2.0".

Diablerie's current undertaking is the next full album scheduled for release in 2014.