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A1 Reptile A2 Behind The Curtains Of Night - Phantasmagoria A3 Dreamside Dominions A4 United In Unhallowed Grace A5 The Promised Future Aeons B1 The Blazing Monoliths Of Defiance B2 The Insight And The Catharsis Lyrics By - Silenoz* B3 Grotesquery Conceiled (Within Measureless Magic) B4 Arcane Lifeforce Mysteria

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  • Vinyl
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • ASIN: B006PV73LW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

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Founded in 1993 by Shagrath, Silenoz, and Tjodalv and named after unusually shaped lava fields and rock formations east of Lake Mývatn in Iceland, Norway’s DIMMU BORGIR made their debut into the underground metal scene via unofficial rehearsal cassette ... Read more in Amazon's Dimmu Borgir Store

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Every song on this album is utterly fantastic.
Sean Zimmerman
There are beautiful, sweeping keyboard/piano melodies by Mustis to offset the harsh guitars of Astennu & Silenoz and the inhuman vocals of Shagrath.
Seth Nelson
Fourth album from Norwegian Black Metal band Dimmu Borgir.
Rick van der Ham

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rick van der Ham on November 8, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Fourth album from Norwegian Black Metal band Dimmu Borgir. This album was released in 1999. From the line-up from Spiritual Black Dimensions only vocalist Shagrath and guitarist Silenoz are in the current line-up. The bass player and second vocalist Vortex was a session musician on Spiritual Black Dimensions He only sang on a few songs on the album. On this album the keyboards are very dominant. Sometimes to dominant, because it is sometimes hard to clearly hear the other instruments. Compared to Enthroned Darkness Triumphant, the keyboard sounds are more diverse. The keyboard sound gives the album an evil orchestral/theatrical atmosphere. The guitar playing is good, but not as good as on Dimmu Borgir's later albums. The guitar playing is simpler. The solos on the other hand are superb. Guitarist Astennu played all the solos. Unfortunately the solos on later albums are not as impressive as on Spiritual Black Dimensions. The drummer Tjodalv has a totally different style and sound than Barker, who played on Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia and Death Cult Armageddon. Tjodalv is a less technical player, but has a very recognizable drum style. His style fits the music perfectly, I really like his blast beats. Shagrath's vocals has improved compared to Enthrone Darkness Triumphant, they are more diverse. Also session-musician Vortex sings a few high and clean vocal lines. These vocals give the songs an extra element.

The music is rather diverse. Do not expect an album with only blast beats. A song like "The Inside And The Catharsis" is a lengthy complex song, where all elements from the band are combined. There are fast parts, slow parts, brutal guitars, classical keys, Black Metal vocals, and clean vocals. It is a perfect song.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sean Zimmerman on November 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is Dimmu Borgir's best and most mature album. Every song on this album is utterly fantastic. In fact it contains my top 3 favorite Dimmu Borgir songs (Reptile, the Insight and the Catharsis, Grotesquery Conceiled). Shagrath's vocals sound untterly overwhemlming and Simen's backing vocals add the perfect melodic counterpart to his vocal assault. Astennu's leads sizzle, Mustis's keyboard parts fill the soundscape with dark atmospheres and melodies. The production on this album is incredible... I really do not know how to descirbe it other than being very full and "mystical" sounding. I would say that it is the best sounding metal album I've ever heard. I'm completely flabbergasted as to why this album recieves so little attention from metal fans. It's as if there was a large gap between Enthrone Darkness Triumphant and Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia. Recommended without hesitation, quite possibly my favorite metal album.
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This is a very underrated album, coming off their best "Enthrone Darkness Triumphant", this always happens to bands, once they release their best album, the album that follows it usually gets underrated, and overlooked, it happened to Morbid Angel with Domination, it happened to Exodus with Pleasures of the Flesh, and so on, so this is more keyboard driven than ETD was, but it's the same direction, the production is top notch like ETD, so no worries there.

"Reptile" Is an excellent opener, one of the best on the album, this song has alot of keys, and some clean vocal parts, but it all fits in nicely, and is it's nice and heavy also.

"Behind The Curtains of Night - Phantasmagoria" Is just as strong as Reptile, featuring heavy riffs, a nice heavy groove, and the keys are great, and of course Shagraths vocals are killer.

"Dreamside Dominions" This reminds me alot of ETD, it's the most comparable, not much to say about it, just a killer song.

"United in Unhallowed Grace" Is heavy as hell, and nice keys again, very nicely done.

"The Promised Future Aeons" Starts with a symphonic sound, and works it's way into the song, another great song.

"The Blazing Monoliths of Defiance" Starts with heavy riffs, and then the guitars and drums and vocals come in, with the keys, very nicely done also.

"The Insight and the Catharsis" Not much to say, has some nice clean vocal parts as well, and nice keys, not much else to say about it, just another killer song.

The last 2 are killer also, theres just nothing much different about them from the rest of the songs to explain them, this album is very underrated, if you liked ETD, and don't mind a FEW clean vocal parts, and more keyboards, then check this out.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By king beagley on June 15, 2004
Format: Audio CD
please do NOT compare dimmu borgir with marilyn manson. dimmu borgir will blow marilyn manson out of the water anyday of the week, and they don't rub their crotches on security gaurds' bald heads. compared to the mighty dimmu, marilyn manson is a has-been
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul J. Stadniczenko on June 27, 2009
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I'm rating this CD 5-stars. I've been a fan of Dimmu for just over a year. I purchased their newer CDs first and am going backwards in their career. This is my last acquired CD. ISD, I feel is their weakest work, PEM and DCA are their best! I do love their ability to cross beyond Black Metal, into other Genres, without leaving the envelope of Black. Now... in comes SBD!

Since I've been listening to their newer stuff, over the months, I really noticed the volume and emphasis of the keyboards; on this CD. The guitar riffs are almost 80s thrash style, and the keyboards are extremely pronounced and "in your face"; with Shagrath's vocal work reeling in perfection.

Now enter Vortex! I wish they did more dual vocal work on their newer music, because it simply fits! They acquired a very harmonious range on this one. Vortex's vocal work is simply awesome! His voice gives me goose bumps in a good way. My only gripe, not costing any stars, is that ICS Vortex wasn't given credit on this CD, even though his vocal work is on every song, unlike their newer albums.

If you enjoy Dimmu Borgir's newer work... GET THIS CD!!!
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