Dimmu Borgir - Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia

I admit I usually don't walk into a blind purchase of an album but I decided to take a chance with Dimmu Borgir. They came so highly recommended by the fine people at the dearly departed Antimtv that I worked up the nerve to go out on a limb and hope for the best. For my first Black metal album I couldn't have been happier. I now realize why they came so highly recommended, simply put it is a perfect combination of gothic classical music and heavy metal.

The album starts of with a piece called "fear and wonder". They couldn't have chosen a better introduction piece to this album, it is an orchestral piece played by the Gothenburg Opera Orchestra. I described it to my friends as the perfect piece to raise the devil to so to speak, the violins create such an evil sound on top of everything else which makes you feel as if you're in a graveyard. Even if you despise classical music this song is sure to bring you thoughts of evil and death.

The next song on this album goes by the name of "Blessings Upon the Throne of Tyranny". This song starts off unexpectedly and extremely fast. The drumming is amazingly fast and well played along with the Guitar work. The one thing about this song though that amazes me is that halfway through it changes completely. One second it's extremely fast then it's extremely loud. Normally this would throw a band off but it comes together very well. A piano is added to the background which adds a very gothic sense to this song. No matter how you like your metal this song is sure to give you something you like.

Moving right along we come to a little piece by the name of "Hybrid Stigmata the Apostasy". The song starts of with about ten seconds of violins then transforms into one of the heaviest songs I've ever heard. The Violin stays in the back round and adds an evil tone to the song. The double bass drums on this song are amazing it is comparable to Slayer. Towards the end of the song the violin comes back and brings in another set of loud and abusive riffs brining about the close of the song.

I believe the next time I make a trip to Plan 9 I will pick up another one of Dimmu Borgir's albums. This album simple put will blow you out of the water if you aren't ready for it. It is able to bring together classical and heavy metal to create a sound like none other. The only issues I had with the album are the lyrics. They are extremely morbid and inaudible to the untrained, which isn't a problem for me but may be for you. Just to put it into context the have a vocalist and a clean vocalist. All in all this album is a must have for the true metal fan it has everything from classical to Black metal to bring you a sound that will rock your world.


Buy It

1. Fear and Wonder
2. Blessings upon the Throne of Tyranny
3. Kings of the Carnival Creation
4. Hybrid Stigmata-The Apostasy
5. Architecture of a Genocidal Nature
6. Puritania
7. Indoctrination
8. Maelstrom Mephisto
9. Absolute Sole Right
10. Sympozium
11. Perfection or Vanity

Written by: Chas

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