DIEODE

DIEODE

Heavy Metal - Labelled technically aggressive with an obvious, sound knowledge of metal and their instruments, the band has continued to spit in the face of adversity.

Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Mid '93 was the beginning of what was to become a lengthy & emotional journey for a bunch of guys with an immense desire for producing auditory chaos. Labelled technically aggressive with an obvious, sound knowledge of metal and their instruments, the band has continued to spit in the face of adversity. Opinions such as those above have resulted from many years of hard, and often frustrating work. A long time ago in a garage far, far away. During '93 guitarist Ben (Quirk) began teaching fellow guitarist Darren (Webber) how to shred on guitar. While unsuccessful in the aforementioned, the 2 never the less decided to form a band. An original lack of seriousness and an uninspiring attitude paid dividends as a drummer basically fell into their lap. It was the common "friend of a friend" scenario that linked up Australian drum sensation Paul (Baier) with the now very established guitar duo. Not only were all guys on the same wavelength, they all lived within close proximity of one another.

Pauls blatant laziness was overlooked due to his obvious talents behind the kit and his "don't give fuck attitude" (even after death threats from neighbours (2 suburbs away) and police harrassment). Paul joined the band and the nucleus of Dieode (un-named at the time) had been completed. A year of piss-farting about with covers, not to mention uncommitted band members, passed before finally Dieode's first original tune was written. Entitled 'Dictator', it reeked of Sepultura, Damaged and Abremalin. Perhaps another year passed by with constant band member turn-over. Ben ("Bezerk leads extroadinaire"), Darren ("Lord of Riffs") & Paul ("fucked-up rhythm generator") continued to write (& fight), their music influenced by bands such as Death & Solstice. Auditions continued and while none were captured on video, many try-outs would simply have been some of the funniest footage ever filmed.

A NewHope.
Eventually one vocalist impressed the band and so was subsequently recruited. Sounding not un-like Pantera front-man Phil Anselmo this lad had it all; the voice, the angst, the charisma, unfortunately he also had the ability to get on the wrong side of local promoters. The band became known as "Dieode" and in late '96 Dieode began gigging (without a bass player). Their first show was at Joeys Underbelly, located in St Kilda, one of the smallest and shittiest venues in Melbourne so there was no room for a bass player on stage anyway. More gigs followed and the band gathered enough resources to record a 4 track demo entitled "Slow Start" in '97. The title reflected the length of time taken before the band actually had a product and consisted of the tracks, "Consequences", "Reprobate", "7 East", and "Storyteller". 100 copies were produced and all went quickly. After only a handful of gigs Dieode were in demand and due to headline numerous shows. Alas, this is where the story takes a bad turn, how appropriate that our first demo song be titled "Consequences".

The Empire Strikes Back.
Dieode's downfall was sudden, after an ungly incident involving the Dieode vocalist and half of the Melbourne metal scene, the position we had worked so hard to gain was stripped away. The Dieode core split from the vocalist, acquired a new bass player and began to rebuild from the foundation ('98). Another year passed with yet more auditions for vocalists, some just down right frustrating. Even more frustrating was the fact that the local scene had turned it's back on the whole band. Gigs were cancelled, venues refused to put the band on any bills and some even went through the trouble of slagging us off in magazines. The band had hit the wall, enthusiasm was non-existent, morale was at an all-time low, many wondered whether to continue. The band went through tough times, splitting up on numerous occasions.everyone was fed up and ready to move on. No member could tolerate another and the music had losst its edge, it was the end of a



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