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Diabolical Masquerade was the solo-project created by Katatonia's Anders 'Blakkheim' Nyström in 1996, to let off more creative steam away from the gothic/doom metal styling of Katatonia.
Nightwork, DM's third album, was recorded at The Sanctuary in April 1998 and produced by Dan Swan (Opeth, Katatonia) with 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 and utilizing more high energy & technical compositions than those of his main band, with complex patterns of riffs and hooks. This particular album saw a greater integration of synths than previously, to convey a strong horror theme. To further expand this atmosphere, cello and flute were also incorporated.
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1. Rider On The Bonez
3. The Zkeleton Keyz To The Dead
4. Thiz Ghoultimate Omen
5. All Onboard The Perdition Hearze!
6. he Eerie Obzidian Circuz
7. Haunted by Horror
8. Cryztalline Fiends