dimmu borgirs seventh album isnt the natural follow up to their excellent album,'death,cult...' as it isnt as opratic and majestic but is nevertheless an album that rewards the listener the more they listen too it and after a few listens its brilliance starts to dawn.
Its a shorter,leaner and certainly in some ways meaner than any of their previous albums,clocking in at 48 mins signifies that the band have a purpose,to be unrelenting,but they certainly stick to the melodies,choirs,clean vocals and trumpets and symphonic black metal that won them grammys and made them the first norwegian group since A-HA to break into the American billborad chart,in truth this album is a runaway success for a black metal group and i cant fault this too much.
The album opens with the brilliant 'the serpentine offering' and throughout the album the melodies are rich and very well structured,of course vocalist shagrath screams his head off but these days he is easier to make out and in truth his clean vocals have never sounded better,look no further than 'the sacrilegious scorn' for evidence of that.
On the ten songs here,one of which is a bonus track and one an instrumental,the band dont stray from their formula much at all but thats perfectly understandable,and one fact remains,that this is a classic album in the making,time will prove me right or wrong on that but my money is on the former.
As this is the deluxe edition that i purchased then special mention must go to the contents,a stunning booklet with lyrics back to front and a glass mirror to read them,including an explanation of the man behind the inspiration for this concept album and a dvd with music video and two interesting documentaries ,well thats hard to beat,brilliantly done lads.