DIABOLOS DUST is a German heavy metal band with a darker edge. I liked their latest album “The Reaper Returns” and wanted to know more. Answers by Toni. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-Actually, it wasn’t really hard. When you brainstorm, you come across many ideas. When we founded the band, we thought a lot about the name. We wanted to make the people curious by not choosing a typical Heavy Metal name. Thus, your question shows us that we have reached the aim we set at the beginning.

How do you introduce the band to people that are new to your music?
-Everybody has some notion of the expression Heavy Metal. So, to start with, we are a Heavy Metal band. Anybody who listens to our music has a slightly different perception anyway.

We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-It’s not so easy to answer to this question. As all our members have a different musical taste, we have been influenced by various genres. Our singer comes from classic Heavy Metal (Manowar, Iron Maiden etc.). Our drummer is more into Black Metal. Our bassist is highly influenced by Death Metal. Our guitarists are mainly influenced by Thrash/Death, respectively Power Metal. This mixture creates our sound. And, because of our age, we can’t deny the 1980s as an important influence.

What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
-A local scene is important for every band. Unfortunately, there is no such scene here. There is a metal scene, indeed, but it is small and manageable. This is certainly a reason why bands like Obscura and Dark Fortress, which were founded in Landshut, have gone abroad. Therefore, you are right: a band can’t exist for a longer period of time without or with a small scene.

Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-Heavy Metal has often been said to be dead, and it’s awesome to see that there still is a metal community in all its diversity. It’s impossible to describe the feeling of belonging to this movement. I think it’s the most tolerant of all movements and it will remain this way forever.

When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-There are a lot of cool covers. I prefer covers with a leitmotif, but there are not many cover series like that. Testament, Exodus, Maiden covers are very cool. It’s hard to decide which cover is the coolest one.

What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-Well, it’s a special moment when you hold an LP in your hands. Unfortunately, these times are coming to an end. We live in a digital era, so we have to accept that and make the best out of it. We wouldn’t dare to claim that digital is killing music, for there are also advantages. But, as I said before, there is something special about holding an LP or CD in your hands.

What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-There isn’t much in our area. We must travel several kilometers to perform live.

When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-It depends on the event. Club gigs are more like a party; festivals are larger events. However, it’s not possible to make sweeping generalizations.

What would you like to see the future bring?
-First of all, we would like to sell our album well. At the moment we are applying for festivals in 2019. We don’t worry about all the rest now.

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