Dimmu Borgir
Enthrone Darkness Triumphant


4.0
excellent

Review

by Shadows USER (89 Reviews)
November 11th, 2005 | 276 replies | 29,117 views


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist


Like every band, Dimmu Borgir's style has progressed over the years. However, few are aware of simply how drastic a change it was. Those familiar with nothing other then their newest release Death Cult Armageddon are not only missing out on an interesting experience, but can’t say they truly know Dimmu Borgir. Before developing into their current extreme symphonic sound, they played melodic black metal. The transition between the two sounds yielded some intriguing results; the apex of which is their third album, Enthrone Darkness Triumphant, an album that combines memorable melodies, intense atmospheres, and the ideal amounts of extreme metal into this Norwegian outfit's finest release to date.

Though no Borgir album has ever exactly mimicked the sound heard here, the style they play should be familiar to many. The symphonic manner of playing is here in full force while the melodies are somber and unforgettable. To get the best feel of what Enthrone Darkness Triumphant sounds like, imagine Stormblast or For All Tid thinking they're Dusk and Her Embrace with Shagrath's vocals atop the sound. This is merely an external view of what the album holds; there is much to be discovered within, and it will be a ride worth venturing upon for those unfamiliar. This is Dimmu Borgir's conversion album. Here, they are no longer black metal in any way. Their band logo has been discarded in favor of a more plain text, and all songs are in English. While many find this useful in making the album accessible, I find it to be somewhat of a let down. To me, taking on a more North American appearance hinders what the band is truly about.

The main focus of the album is on melodic atmosphere. To emphasize this style to its full extent, keyboards were played like a lead instrument. Guitars are often used simply as rhythm while Stian leads the song’s sound in the desired direction. From the intro of Mourning Palace to the main melody of Raabjørn Speiler Draugheimens Skodde it is clear just how crucial the keys are to Dimmu Borgir's signature sound. The breaking point for their modern albums is how the orchestral arrangements overshadow the metal aspect of their sound. While Death Cult Armageddon seemed as though it was a satanic symphony with metal thrown in as an afterthought, this album was clearly extreme metal. The guitars shine and accent the keys of Stian greatly on songs such as the tremolo picking of Mourning Palace and the soloing of In Death’s Embrace. Once again, the heavier metal aspects of their founding is shown on songs such as Master of Disharmony and Tormentor of Christian Souls.

Much emotion is thrown into their characteristic music. None stands out to me more than In Death's Embrace, in which the piano drives a flurry of guitar into a solo 4:14 into the song. The vocals are forceful and somber to contest the music. The solo of Master of Disharmony is the album's throwback to traditional heavy metal, and a great way to contribute to such a release. Darkness and shadows cloak the mystic being of Prudence's Fall, a song in which the black mist grasps the freezing waters just as the black flanks the night.

Listening to Enthrone Darkness Triumphant makes me disappointed in what Dimmu Borgir has come. As their best album, it would be unreasonable to expect them to release something this good every two years or so. But to look at what they once did and could've built upon makes one honestly wonder about why the abandoned this style so soon in favor of their later approach. Enthrone Darkness Triumphant hit me like no other. After hearing their latest music, I was convinced that Dimmu Borgir was a waste of my time. But after giving this a fair listen and noticing the major strengths of it, I was convinced that the early days of Dimmu Borgir stand as a testament to the system of evolution bands go through, as one of the premier examples of untimely glory.

Recommended tracks:
- Mourning Palace
- Spellbound (By the Devil)
- In Death's Embrace
- A Succubus in Rapture

Pros:
- Excellent focus of melody and atmosphere
- Instruments played tastefully
- Memorable, diverse songs

Cons:
- Melody/atmosphere may be tiring after a while
- Somewhat linear at times
- Occasionally lacks memorable melody through atmosphere



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Storm In A Teacup
November 11th 2005


12780 Comments


I knew as soon as I saw this that you were the one who wrote this. Great review Shadows, I've been meaning for a long time to try out one this bands albums.

Shadows
Moderator
November 11th 2005


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you very much.

Yes, it is a pain. The new submit layout is very strange.

If you plan on introducing yourself to Dimmu Borgir, this is the album to do it with. EDT is easliy their best. Likewise, In Death's Embrace is my all-time favorite DB song.

Storm In A Teacup
November 11th 2005


12780 Comments


Cool I'll look for it.

I've never had any trouble with any code, but I sure heard a lot about it lately.

NEDM
November 12th 2005


1113 Comments


I like my coffee like I like my metal.

But this is all I could get into from the band.

Nice review.

Shadows
Moderator
November 12th 2005


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You enjoy sugary metal with a little creme?

Thanks anyway.

Thor
November 12th 2005


10191 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Bah! I was reviewing this yesterday!

Oh well, it's better than mine.

Shattered_Future
November 12th 2005


1540 Comments


I have this...got it from Thor, actually. :P

Still have not listened to it yet though...I have DCA, and I like a few songs off of it, but it's too one track for me. I mean, I like some one track bands (Dragonforce springs to mind), but they bore me after a while.

As usual, your reviews are top notch.

Shadows
Moderator
November 12th 2005


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm sorry Thor. I had been planning on reviewing this since last summer. Talk about serious procrastination.

Thanks for the compliments. This album is not one-dimensional, which is what gives it the edge over their later stuff.

I'm going to review For All Tid and Stormblast too. For All Tid may come later tonight.

Thor
November 12th 2005


10191 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I thought you were going to the Bodom concert tonight.

:thumb:

NEDM
November 12th 2005


1113 Comments


[quote=ShadowsFallen]
You enjoy sugary metal with a little creme?

Thanks anyway.
[/quote]

Bah! I meant black. I hope you got it.

I'm Charming
November 13th 2005


332 Comments


I saw this and I knew who reviewed this right away.

Excellent review of a excellent album.

In deaths embrace is just amazing.

Shadows
Moderator
November 13th 2005


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[QUOTE=Thorstein]I thought you were going to the Bodom concert tonight.[/QUOTE]
I am. Or rather, I was, since I just got back a few minutes ago.

[QUOTE=blueprint]Bah! I meant black. I hope you got it.[/QUOTE]
I did, I was just screwing with you.

Thor
November 13th 2005


10191 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh by the way, Shadows. I'm going to call this now. I get to review the new Slipknot live CD! I don't want us reviewing the same things again ! :thumb:

Shadows
Moderator
November 13th 2005


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's okay, I didn't even know they had a live CD. I call the first two Dimmu albums though.

Thor
November 13th 2005


10191 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Fair enough :thumb:

canadapantsman
January 30th 2006


236 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

id replace spellbound with Torturer of Christian Souls for my recommended tracks. Probably one of my fave black metal albums

nobodyblossomsforever
February 14th 2006


63 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I so want this album, but I can't find it anywhere. These guys have some of the best riffs in the world, they are so symphonic and solid, they represent what is best about black metal. 10/10 bandwise

Tyler
Emeritus
February 14th 2006


7926 Comments


This is definitely where they peaked. It's all been downhill since. Great review as always.

GuitaristPaul
February 25th 2006


51 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I like this album and especially the song In Death's EmbraceThis Message Edited On 04.09.06

Aakon_Keetreh
April 3rd 2006


448 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is a great album. One of my favorites 4/5



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