Dimmu Borgir
For All Tid


3.5
great

Review

by Shadows USER (89 Reviews)
December 3rd, 2005 | 32 replies | 12,790 views


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist


Imagine a long cryptic hallway. In a cathedral-like fortress you walk about with nothing but the tainted light coming through the ancient glass windows to disrupt the otherwise absolute darkness. As a storm rages on across the distant lands outside the great walls, the chamber seems to be one of suffering and somber memories. One can only collapse on the cold stone floor and battle the darkness as sadness descends on the once deserted passage. As all hope seems to be lost in the midst of such anguish, a haunting melody fills the air, and breathes the breath of a life once lost. That melody is one of For All Tid, the origin of the now notorious Dimmu Borgir.

This melody brings back memories that seemed to be lost forever. The storm beyond this sanctum of suffering seems to have been brought on by a Death Cult Armageddon with thoughts of Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia. This Cult has become the dominant force across the lands, conquering minds with little traces of what once was. While many adopt the ways of the Cult in the hopes that their worthless mortal souls may be sacrificed, the few valiant people hold dear their beliefs; beliefs of Stormbl�st and for For All Tid.

Dimmu Borgir�s sound in the beginning was nothing as it is now. Before their dark symphonies began to conquer their musical appearance, they were a true melodic black metal band. They held on to this style for two albums but never cast it aside for good. Traces of their past can be heard within all of their albums. Those traces may seem nonexistent to some, but once you know what they accomplished in their early days, their roots are plainly visible even today. For All Tid, while extremely primitive, features an interesting and unusual sound that may be embraced but fewer of their current fans.

Unlike a typical black metal album, Dimmu Borgir�s goal was melody, from start to finish. Melancholic melodies and instrumental work dominate the album while their famous synth effects are as visible as ever. Every song presents an array of memorable moments and depressing effects. If the album opener Det Nye Riket didn�t catch your attention, then perhaps you don�t belong here. The album follows the tone set by that song down to the last note with a form of black metal that isn�t as savage as many perceive the genre to be. Instances such as the harmonizing wonders of Glittertind and the incredible acoustic work of For All Tid are absolutely captivating and never cease to amaze.

Mainly thanks to the ever-popular Shagrath, this album is palpably black metal. While he favors a deeper scream with the occasional growl or clean singing moment, his vocals here are the high, raspy shriek common to Norwegian metal inhabitants. Under Korpens Vinger fires away as a ravaging festival of unholy rites that proudly displays the band�s roots while Raabj�rn Speiler Draugheimens Skodde is a mystical folk metal journey. This album is not watered down; it is a raw Scandinavian metal album. Extreme in every way, which I fear may cast some away in a fit of unrelenting laceration.

The album�s only notable downfall would be its incredibly primitive nature. The production is most notably less polished (understatement of the year) then their current work and may come as a shock to many. The arrangements are often very crude as well, which severely hampers the effect of the music. The most painful moment of this otherwise excellent album is the poor operatic sing in Over Bleknede Bl�ner Cil Dommedag, which is precisely the reason that Silenoz and Vortex took over clean singing duties later on. Aside from major issues, the album is littered with miniscule technical faults. While not completely condemning the music, these tribulations are merely part of what makes For All Tid one of Dimmu Borgir�s most unique releases to date and a landmark in metal history.

Recommended tracks:
� Det Nye Riket
� Glittertind
� For All Tid

Pros:
� Unique melodic and atmospheric black metal
� Creativity in each song
� Memorable in every way

Cons:
� Production does not accent this sound
� Occasionally sloppy and crude

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Storm In A Teacup
December 3rd 2005


12780 Comments


Wonderful and interesting review Shadows, except the fact that it's a huge block, but obciously it's not supposed to be like that. This is now on my Christmas list.

Neoteric
December 3rd 2005


3243 Comments


You really love this band, don't you?

ocelot-05
December 3rd 2005


807 Comments


I like this band, and this album sounds great from what you wrote. I am surprised that you only gave it a 3/5, considering the amount of praise you gave it. You did mention some flaws, but you also admitted that "these tribulations are merely part of what makes For All Tid one of Dimmu Borgirs most unique releases to date and a landmark in metal history."


Cravinov13
December 3rd 2005


3854 Comments


There old stuff pwns, I don't really like their new stuff that much

Storm In A Teacup
December 3rd 2005


12780 Comments


I'm confused with that to.

Also, another thing I have to say about the review is that I like how you always use different words when discribing something instead of using the same adjectives. Very intellegent. :thumb:

Shadows
Moderator
December 4th 2005


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

[QUOTE=Ocelot]/long quote[/QUOTE]
This is one of those albums that gets praise for cultural significance more then the actual quality of the music. I like the music for the reasons I said, but it wasn't the greatest because of the flaws I listed. Overall it was a very importent release, as it was the beginning of one of the most talked about metal bands around today.

[QUOTE=Jom]http://thesaurus.reference.com/

Fortunately, Ben doesn't need something like that.

Nice review - looking forward to reading the entire discography. Don't kill yourself over it; I highly doubt that anyone is going to beat you to them.[/QUOTE]
m/ A compliment from the Jomster.

I figured no one would beat me to it. I'm not worried since DCA is already done twice.

Thanks for the sweet comments everyone.This Message Edited On 12.04.05

Shadows
Moderator
December 4th 2005


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sorry to double post, but my last comment was right at the character limit.

I made some changed to the tracklist and added a link to translations. Just eff why eye.

[QUOTE=Cathedral]You really love this band, don't you?[/QUOTE]
Hell yeah. I've listened to them quite a bit considering that I just discovered how much I love them a couple weeks ago.This Message Edited On 12.04.05

Aakon_Keetreh
January 28th 2006


448 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Eh this isnt all that great

but meh 3.5

circleofdeadchildren
January 28th 2006


119 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Great Review!


benkickass
March 18th 2006


146 Comments


This is not what you would call amazing stuff, but this album is great black metal and you can tell that they know what theyre doing.
i love the keyboard on this album!

good review

TheHamburgerman
March 12th 2007


1288 Comments


Your intro reminded me of the 3th and 4th chapters of Resident Evil 4. That's was teh awesomeness.
Great review too

LifeInABox
May 18th 2007


3708 Comments


The melodies on Under Korpens Vinger are top notch, but sadly, the clean vocals (lol) on Over Bleknede Bl�ner Cil Dommedag are pitiful.

Slaytan
November 29th 2007


1186 Comments


Great review for a great album. It's kind of sad how their material has slowly gotten worse and worse with each release.

Hawks
March 15th 2008


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Clean vocals suck, but the rest is amazing.

Digging: Engraved - Before The Tales

FR33L0RD
April 30th 2008


1464 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

interesting album,
But I do prefer later work from Dimmu
;)This Message Edited On 04.30.08

Hawks
April 30th 2008


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Silenoz has a really good scream. His clean voice sucks, but his screams are just as good as Shagrath's.This Message Edited On 04.30.08

Universalist
October 29th 2008


4 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Great review, something resembling what I would have written. One of the best albums to ever hit earth. Top two albums ever. Period. That is a strong statement, but it is what it is. This album will rip your face off and eat your soul, then cure it with it's melodic brilliancy. Pleasantly melancholy, very emotional.

keysofanxiety
October 20th 2009


143 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I maintain that if this album had been re-recorded, rather than 'Stormblast', Dimmu fans would be a lot happier.

Still, a good review- I remember hearing the remastered version of this in comparison to the original, and I was shocked at how much better it actually was. Nevertheless, the clean vocals on this album are shocking.

I still think this pales in comparison to some of their later work (later work being Stormblast-Spiritual Black Dimensions years).

Hawks
June 10th 2010


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really digging this album right now.

MO
July 3rd 2011


18611 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

on a dimmu binge sonic?



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