I will keep this fairly short, this album is amazing. I think its one of Dimmu Borgir's darkest albums. Yes, there is no orchestra on this one but it really does not matter. This album sweeps you off your feet and barely gives you a chance to breathe. The keyboards are there for the whole journey giving each song a strangely uplifting but eerie quality to them.
Are there better DIMMU BORGIR albums? quite possibly, but you really should get this anyway.
Dimmu Borgir is the name synonymous with the 'selling out' of Black Metal. DB use a heavy synthwash sound and effective melodies which combine to make a fairly pleasant listen. As far as this type of music goes its pretty good, the drums hammer along and the technical proficancy of the bad is notable. Fans of real Black Metal should probably avoid this like the plague, as like similer bands (COF etc) DB have a fairly commercial sound. But for those who like good, technical and well produced melodic Heavy Metal you can do alot worse. I was never a fan of heavy synth usage, but this album has changed my mind a little and has showed me what can be done.
A brilliant album from a band who are musically simmilar to Cradle Of Filth but show far more maturity in their writing. Also production must be applauded for it is surpassed only on their new masterpiece Purtanical Euphoric Misanthropia.
This cd is the best by Dimmu Borgir. It's like the masterpiece of symphonic black metal. Every song is flawless, the guitars are stunning and guitar solos are amazingly beautiful in a proper Europenian way(Norwegian). I know how to rate CDs, and believe me this one deserves every star I've given it!!!
This is a very amazing black metal album, and probably the most commercial to date. Its both brutal and beautiful and much more superior and mature to anything that Cradle of Filth has to offer. If you like C of F you are going to really love this and no black metal fan should be without a copy.