Diabolique were formed out of the ashes of Liers in Wait in early 1995, when the two guitarists Kristian Wahlin and Johan Osterberg started working on songs and concept for a new band. The name was derived from the classical french horror movie, "Diabolique/Les Diaboliques" (1955). Needless to say, in the beginning Diabolique primarily drew their influences from horror movie soundtracks, but also from bands such as Black Sabbath, St Vitus, Neurosis, Swans, The Sisters of Mercy and Fields of the Nephilim. The early material was defined by the dense monotonous mass of eerie melodies that comprised a background to Kristian Wåhlin's deep, haunting voice. After a number of different drummers and bass players - including Daniel Erlandsson (drums, now Arch Enemy) and Alf Svensson (bass, ex-At the Gates ) - Hans Nilsson (drums) and Bino (bass) joined in May/June 1996 thus completing the most prolific Diabolique line-up to date.