Rainer Nygård / Diablo

Rainer plays

Ruokangas Custom

Four piece Finnish metal-bulldozer Diablo was born on the westcoast of Finland in the late 1990’s. Diablo’s talent was soon noticed by Poko Records, which released the band’s debut album ‘Elegance In Black’ in 2000. Two years later Diablo were ready to hit big with their second album ‘Reneissance’. The album debuted at the position 14 in the official Finnish album charts and raised Diablo to the frontline of Finnish metal bands.

Diablo did not lay back to repeat the success formula. The band continued evolving and sharpened their style for the third album ‘Eternium’ (2004); the sound was more carefully considered and the band gave more space to strong melodies. Diablo went on tour to play intense shows all over Finland to establish their place in the hearts of Finnish metal heads.

Diablo’s fourth album ‘Mimic47’ (2006) crystallized what Diablo is all about; virtuous musicianship, genius guitar riffs, great melodies and the undisputed attitude that only the Finnish men living in the dark and cold north could have. In 2007 Diablo toured Germany for two weeks to promote the album’s German release. One of the highlights in Diablo’s career so far was supporting Metallica at their Helsinki Olympic Stadium concert.

Diablo’s fifth album ‘Icaros’ (2008) is their most dynamic and powerful effort to date. The band has taken everything from their past and crafted it into a true masterpiece. It you’re searching for a true metal album from a true modern Finnish metal machine, get this or die!

Rainer plays Ruokangas one-off custom guitars, built to his exact wishes. His Explorer -influenced Ruokangas Custom P69/8SL has a bullet theme inlay, that was inspired by past true and tragic story of a farmer up north in Finland, who happened to kill 4 police officers with 8 bullets in 1969. There’s also a movie made of these events by Mikko Niskanen – ‘Kahdeksan Surmanluotia’ (Eight Killing Bullets).

“These guitars are for men who walk their own paths.”
– Rainer Nygård