Diabolus (5) ‎– Diabolus


Versions (8)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
BLPS 19068 Diabolus (5) Diabolus(LP, Album) Bellaphon BLPS 19068 Germany 1971 Sell This Version
BI 15144 Diabolus (5) Diabolus(LP, Album, RE) Bellaphon BI 15144 Germany 1975 Sell This Version
W & W 011 Diabolus (5) Diabolus(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Witch & Warlock W & W 011 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
HW 31007 Diabolus (5) Diabolus(CD) Ha-Wanna HW 31007 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
40120032 Diabolus (5) Diabolus(CD, Album, RE) Sunrise Records 40120032 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
AK 340 Diabolus (5) Diabolus(LP, Album, RE) Akarma AK 340 Italy 2005 Sell This Version
40120032 Diabolus (5) Diabolus(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Sunrise Records (26) 40120032 Russia 2016 Sell This Version
AK 340 Diabolus (5) Diabolus(LP, Album, RE) Akarma AK 340 Italy Unknown Sell This Version


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November 24, 2015
referencing Diabolus, LP, Album, BLPS 19068
Diabolus was a British band that recorded this album in 1971, but they were unaware it was ever released, as it was released only in Germany on the Bellaphon label (a label I usually thought would do better than to release albums behind their backs, given they were a reputable label). It wasn't until the 1990s that members of this band found out, and they got the rights back and had a proper release. The original Bellaphon release is extremely hard to find, apparently one of the more rare titles on that label.

This is a truly amazing album. It tends to alternate between prog folk, jazz rock, and psychedelia, and done very well. The more folk-oriented moments tend to have a medieval vibe to it with Jethro Tull-like flutes, while the jazzy moments have more of a jazz rock edge to it (as opposed to the post-Bitches Brew type of fusion as demonstrated by Weather Report, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever and the likes), a bit like Colosseum without the blues influence, or perhaps Soft Machine. The vocals are also very nice too. The album pretty much follows that pattern throughout. The performance is nothing short of amazing, check out the drumming (from Ellwood von Seibold)! He can easily hold his own with the likes of Jon Hiseman. It would have been nice if the circumstances with the band was different, that they had control of the release and had it released in the UK and get paid royalties, it would have been a different story. Regardless, this music just simply blew me away, this is an album really required in your collection.


September 27, 2015
referencing Diabolus, LP, Album, RE, AK 340
This has been on spin in the household this weekend and I must say, I was expecting a more Jazzy Prog Rock LP.. This is very traditional in its Progressive form, you can hear some British influence at times when they jam their chords and join in together at vocal parts but this is a very nice LP.. Highly recommended this for anyone!!