Feb. 15th for me. I'm mainly going for Enslaved though.
For All Tid (1994)
Enthrone Darkness Triumphant (1997)
Spiritual Black Dimensions (1999)
Death Cult Armageddon (2003)
Stormblåst MMV (2005)
In Sorte Diaboli (2007)
For anyone who cares, I just thought I would post a detailed review of the Dimmu Borgir studio output. I have had a long relationship with this music and hold it close to my heart.
1) Before " For All Tid" was the EP Inn I Evighetens Morke
This Ep sold out quick and put Dimmu in view of the small beginning Black Metal trend. If you go out and try to find all the rare EPs out there you will find the songs are a little different on the EPs. Some sound rerecorded, some sound remixed and some have different intros.
For most of us Stormblast is the really first and great record. The keyboard player did some major copycat stuff on the first keyboard intro. The record had some copy-write issues and hence was rerecorded in 2005 with-out the problem material.
Everyone has always talked about the bad sound-quality of 1996's Stormblast. The album really changed Black Metal, influences to countless musicians today. The 2005 had a great sound but failed, even with Hellhammer on drums, to bring the energy and vibe of the original to the present day.
For the metal world in general though the next album Enthroned Darkness Triumphant was the major release getting the band mainstream notice. I will post a song here for anyone who has not heard it. For many the sound was revolutionary.
The musical break right at the 1.23 mark shows the cyristallization of musical intent and maturity finally realized with the band. This album is really looked at as the start of an underground musical style going total mainstream. As the years passed we saw Dimmu Borgir go to fill large concert arenas and take Black Metal music to the masses.
This is the classic Dimmu that anyone interested should seek out first. The difference from Stormblast a year before is night and day as far as sound quality goes.
From here we go on to the golden age of Dimmu Borgir.
The next four full album releases are the greatest.
All these are also essential to the Dimmu Borgir fan. They are all modern sounding and are perfect!
2007.......... In Sorte Diaboli
2001.......... Puritanical Eurphoric Misanthropia
2003.......... Death Cult Armageddon ( The original vinyl release does not sound that great ) CD is the way to go here.
1999.......... Spiritual Black Dimensions
Besides finding their first Ep also the 1998 EP Godless Savage Garden is a great EP. Mainly for this song!
The above song is also released in somewhat different forms in For All Tid and first released in the 1994 EP Inn I Evighentens Morke. Also released as the 11th song in the Enthroned Darkness Triumphant release 1997 and undergone a full remaster for the Reloaded series released September 2nd 2008.
Goddless Savage Garden also released as part of the Nuclear Blast Reloaded series.
Enthroned Darkness Triumphant was remastered with the original tapes and Nuclear Blast reproduced a great sounding CD, including a live video and bonus track in the Reloaded series of remasters.
So in retrospect we have a ten year window here. Dimmu Bogir has put out super quality from 1997 to 2007. They are going to release an album again this year. We hope it is a return to classic form, if possible?
Thanks, Dimmu Borgir was big for me during my college years ^_^
shame about daves voice, I wish all the old metal gods never had to get old. Though Bruces voice still holds up well, saw maiden a few years ago for the 3rd time in the last 12 years and he still has it.
I adore stormblast-1996-i must listen to their later works
I don't like all of Slayer, but I've had the title track of "Hell Awaits" in my head now for several days. I love that album.
Great Dimmu overview...
Dimmu were one of the first BM bands I investigated. I've always liked Puritanical Eurphoric Misanthropia and Spiritual Black Dimensions. The overall seductive candelabra infused atmosphere and dark atmospheres are addictive. The symphonic elements feel just about right to me on those two. For me they add to the occultish Transylvanian soundtrack vibe IMO.
I stopped with Death Cult. It's well done, but it feels too slick....more like a formulaic slasher movie rather than their previous releases that just feel more authentic to me- shivers up the spine inducing. It feels a little campy and over the top, but I guess you don't go to Dimmu for subtlety
The only album I'm not 100% on is their last full release, Abrahadabra (2010)? They have now lost members which are important for their classic sound so who knows what this next one will be like? I'm not sure about the white clothes either? Sadly they have lost a little of what made them great at one time. Maybe this style of symphonic metal belonged to the times and has a hard time reemerging in todays sound? If the style is lost I will accept it as being just apart of that 10 years of 1997 to 2007.
The band was one of the first major Black Metal bands that I related with and loved completely. Really, you don't have any symphonic bands as popular. I didn't go over any of their live recordings in the review, but they are super strong as well.
I just posted the review of their albums as I don't see a lot of reference to Dimmu here.If you were on-board with the style and music then Death-Cult was a normal progression for the band and even being very slick held all the quality factors which made them great. Interestingly they came out with a strictly symphonic rendition of the album on vinyl as well an extended symphonic CD. A style never before heard in Black Metal. So ya, if you avoid that reach on the bands part they are still sounding the same.
For whatever reason I can play the old CDs and they sound just as good and fresh as when I first heard them. Puritanical Eurphoric Misanthropia is still a totally amazing record just full of talent that I still never get tired of. Just simply amazing. In some ways it represents an apex for the bands trajectory. A statement to their mainstreamness was the use of Deathcult in a major studio movie release. Your never going to hear Watain in a movie soundtrack nowdays? Especially not in a mainstream blockbuster movie.
Another reason I posted them here is I think they could be considered audiophile Black Metal. If they are not I don't know what is?
A new At the Gates album?
Not a big fan of their music, but it would be cool to hear how they changed over all these years.