Diabolical Masquerade

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Diabolical Masquerade
Anders Nyström playing with Katatonia
at Jaxx Nightclub in West Springfield, Virginia on September 4, 2007.
Background information
Origin Stockholm, Sweden
Genres Avant-garde metal, atmospheric black metal
Years active 1993–2004
Labels Adipocere, Avantgarde Music
Associated acts Bewitched, Bloodbath, Katatonia
Website diabolicalmasquerade.com
Members Anders "Blakkheim" Nyström
Dan Swanö

Diabolical Masquerade was a Swedish one-man black metal band with progressive influences. The band was formed in 1993 in Stockholm as side project of Anders Nyström (aka Blakkheim), known for his work as the guitarist of Katatonia.


Diabolical Masquerade was a Swedish one-man black metal band.[1] All music is written and played by Katatonia guitarist Anders "Blakkheim" Nyström, who wanted to have a band where he could compose more extreme music while Katatonia was exploring more mellow moods.[2] The music leans heavily on avant-garde melodic black metal with some death metal and thrash metal influences. Blakkheim wanted to experiment more with song structure, theme and composition.[2] This is most notably seen on the last Diabolical Masquerade album, Death's Design. This album is conceived as the soundtrack to a nonexistent Swedish horror movie, with 61 tracks broken up into 20 movements, each with a unique feel and theme.[2] Death's Design includes many passages featuring various genres and styles, experimenting with progressive rock, progressive metal, ambient, classical music, and rhythmic percussion-based passages. Nyström worked together on the album with Dan Swanö. In early September 2004, Nyström announced that he had put the project to rest, after not having found the necessary inspiration while working on a fifth album.[2]


Band members[edit]

Diabolical Masquerade
Session members
  • Sean C. Bates – drums (1997, 2001)
  • Ingmar Döhn – bass (1997–2001)


  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Diabolical Masquerade - Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Diabolical Masquerade - Biography". Prog Archives. Retrieved 2008-07-09. 
  3. ^ "Diabolical Masquerade - Promo 1993 - Encyclopaedia Metallum". The Metal Archives. Retrieved 2015-08-11. 
  4. ^ [1] Archived April 28, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.

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