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Get over yourselves and give credit where credit is due.
on October 19, 2010
In general, when you read reviews on amazon you are here to see the opinions of other people who probably like the same kind of stuff that you do. 99% of the people in the world aren't looking up black metal bands. But amongst our crowd, there are those who hold their musical opinions much higher than anyone else s. This album is an example of that. Look for 1 or 2 star reviews and read on to see why they gave it the low rating. "This is garbage, not true black metal" "Sellouts" "Omg they kicked out my favorite member"
This is called "shallow mindedness."
One thing I always wondered about black metal is... how do you sell out? I mean, the double bass is pounding, the vocals are ridiculously over the top, and the guitars get downright gut-wrenching at times. Even the tamest of black metal or symphonic black metal is an acquired taste. Dimmu Borgir would have to try a lot harder than this to "sellout." I mean don't get me wrong, they aren't playing at a constant heavy pace as much as they use to... but comon. Every band changes, and if they didn't what then? Look at slayer... amazing band, always have been. But they never changed their sound much at all, and to be honest, they are just plain boring now and have been for a long time. Dimmu certainly could have made Puritanical 5 times over, they have the talent. But why? If you wanna hear Puritanical, go listen to it like I do when I want to hear it.
The fact of the matter is, this album sounds pretty damn good 90% of the time. There are a few boring parts, there are parts where you wonder what the hell they were thinking, (aka guest vocals in gateways)and there are some truly masterful parts that show you how incredibly talented these guys are... even without the 2 legends they let go of. As long as Dimmu has Galder and Shag, they aren't going anywhere anytime soon.
I've been a black metal fan for 7 or 8 years now, and I know that some bathroom recordings are actually some of the best music out there. I love bands such as Emperor, Gorgoroth, Immortal, Fairytale Abuse, etc... I know that there are gems in black metal that shine so bright they'd blind you. But I just can't stand dismissing something because it may be a little slower paced or more polished than what we are use to. Just listen to it and try to accept it a little more, if then you truly don't like it, then why not give real reasons for your low ratings? You guys can go listen to B-side tracks from obscure black metal bands all day long if you want, but don't tell us what we should listen to based on your snobbishness.
I don't think you have anything to worry about, the day a black metal song (even a Dimmu song) is played on a top 40 station, or even a local rock station during regular hours probably won't come for a long, long time. And by then, you'll probably be A.) dead or B.) listening to Michael Jackson's greatest hits. Everyone changes, if you decide to make a drastic change in your life one day, would you want everyone in your life giving you 1 star ratings on your decision? Just give stuff an honest chance and you might be pleasantly surprised.
Just a side note, if you really miss the old Dimmu sound, check out this band/album. The Eternal Suffering - Miasma
This isn't a plug or anything, they aren't widely known, I think they are from Greece, but they know black metal.
This became more of an essay than a review of the album, but it's been building for a long time. This was just the album that made me type it all out. Thanks for your patience.