DIABOLIQUE
BUTTERFLIES
EP NECROPOLIS RELEASE: FEBRUARY 21, 2000 (EUROPE), MARCH 14, 2000 (USA) REVIEW: APRIL 17, 2000

Kristian Whlin of Diabolique suffers from a disease that seems to have contaminated a large number of bands in the electro/goth rock genre. He's having trouble striking the notes properly. He has singing ability, but it seems he holds back. Musically, "Butterflies" is both pop and goth, with much attention on the refrains. It's lightweight, which both helps and sinks them. The six tracks included all have capacity, but I doubt Diabolique will reach the greater heights. At least not until their singer starts to use his chords better and their song structures get an injection of innovation.

NIKLAS FORSBERG