Dimmu Borgir
Stormblast (Re-Recording)


4.5
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Review

by TheDevilsOwn USER (1 Reviews)
June 24th, 2006 | 58 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


Few black metal bands could ever hope to catch up to epic anthems of Norway�s Dimmu Borgir. Having recorded seven official albums and even releasing a DVD, no black metal has made it more mainstream then this symphonic black metal band (with the exception of Cradle Of Filth, which isn�t even what you would consider black metal to say the least). With this re-recording of their sophomore, genre defining album Stormbl�st, many people have to ask �Why re-record an already perfectly good album?� Well, there are several reasons that could possible explain why vocalist Shagrath and guitarist Silenoz made the decision they made. However, there are two reasons for sure why the band did what they did, for they were given in several interviews and public statements:

1- The band members were very uncomfortable with the sound and production of the original record, and as far as they are concerned, they are the only fans of the band that they wish to please. So the band members got producer (and Hypocrisy mastermind) Peter T�gtgren and Mayhem drummer Hellhammer to refinish the album�s sound.
2- The keyboardist for the band at the time of the original recording supposedly stole the keyboard riffs that are on the song Sorgens Kammer (which is why the track was replaced with the now widely popular Sorgens Kammer - Del II track).

New Additions To The Album
Aside from the much more listener friendly production and sound quality, the album features two new tracks, Sorgens Kammer - Del II and Avmaktslave. Sorgens Kammer - Del II begins with some soft guitar strums followed by some heavy riffage and blast beats. One thing I really take note to in the song is the unique sample that is repeated over the course of the song, giving it a very dark sound and haunting atmosphere. Shagrath is noticeably different in the beginning of this track then he is with most of the other song son the album. At around 3 minutes the song has a soft breakdown with melodic guitar strums, only to ascend back into more heavy riffage and mayhem. A very good and steardy track, and also one of my favorites on the new recording. Avmaktslave is a bonus track that ends this reissue. It begins with some creepy childish music and faint laughter in the beginning. The song then bursts into guitar riffs and haunting chants. The track is very much like the song D�dsferd, which was part of the original recording. The song has some great riffs and drum work along with Shagrath�s hellish black metal screams. Another good addition to the album and also one of my favorite tracks.

The DVD that comes with the reissue is also a good treat. Featuring an outstanding performance by the band doing Ozzfest back in 2004. The DVD features the songs Spellbound (By The Devil), Vredrsbvrd, Kings Of The Carnival Creation, Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse, and Mourning Palace, all songs off of more recent and more popular albums by the band. Overall all the songs on the DVD are amazing and so are the performances of each band member (I love you Vortex!).

Overall Rating: 4.5 (It�s just as good if not better then the original recording, and the only reason not to like it that I can find is if you have a great distaste of reissues or are in deep passionate love of the original Stormbl�st recording.)


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mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
June 24th 2006


17920 Comments


very nice review. short and to the point.

ive only heard a few songs off their newest cd and they were pretty good. this sounds like it might be worth checking out.

Blindguardian
June 24th 2006


186 Comments


I saw them at Ozzfest back in 2004, pretty dope live actually, but I don't like them on record so much

Silenius
June 24th 2006


305 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Original is by far superior, though many here will say the re-release is better.


I do enjoy Hellhammers drumming though and the song Stormblast a lot.

Thor
June 24th 2006


10200 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

For a first review this was very well written. Welcome to the site.

I have the original version but have not heard the new version yet. I might check it out eventually.

Werny
June 25th 2006


148 Comments


Awesome review.

However... Vortex left the legendary Borknagar to play bass in Demon Burger, leaving Borknagar to be taken over by that Vintersorg fag. I can't listen to Demon Burger!

But yeah, good review.

Bron-Yr-Aur
June 25th 2006


4405 Comments


Great review, and I like this album in doses.

Shadows
Moderator
June 25th 2006


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like this. I was completely hooked on it for a while.

Cravinov13
June 25th 2006


3854 Comments


This was my first Dimmu Borgir CD. I really like it a lot and I agree with what you said on the DVD. Good review, I can tell you are gonna be a great contributer to the site.

TheDevilsOwn
June 26th 2006


91 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

wow, thanks for the feedback. I dind't realize it was that good a review. But I love this CD and I own every DB album, even the original Stormblst.

SCREAM!
August 9th 2006


10208 Comments


Wich cd do you suggest for someone just getting into this band

Shadows
Moderator
August 9th 2006


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It all depends on what style you're looking for. For some raw, serious (and not at all listener-friendly) black metal, get For All Tid or the original Stormblast. Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia and Death Cult Armageddon are both very heavy, symphonic albums, since they both deature live orchestras on the recordings. This one and Enthrone Darkness Triumphant are both melodic and atmospheric with hints of black metal (this album is actually pure symphonic black metal like later Emperor). Spiritual Black Dimensions is their fastest and heaviest but also their worst.

Wow, that was a mouthful. :D

Cravinov13
August 9th 2006


3854 Comments


This CD got me into Dimmu Borgir.

Chiff
October 24th 2006


8 Comments


Strangely, my biggest disappointment is the slowed down tempo of the piano solo in Nar Sjelen Hentes Til Helvete. I loved the original.

Eakflanderyof
January 5th 2007


2143 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album is pretty good. It can get kinda repetitive, but it's got some good riffs. Broderskapets Ring is awesome.This Message Edited On 09.19.07

ValiumMan
January 5th 2007


493 Comments


Dimmu Borgir are OK, but I prefer the more raw, ugly black metal, like the first-generation Norwegian bands.

rubs1389
June 22nd 2007


6 Comments


I have yet to listen to this cd. I've been meaning to get Enthrone Darkness, but havent found it anywhere... And i think Puritanical was one of their best ones. I heard Spiritual and i dont like it very much, like three or four songs only..

avt0
June 24th 2007


2 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Hurray, my first post.

This album isn't bad. It's just that I don't get the same feeling as when I listen to the original Stormblast. The original has a cold atmosphere, and the production adds to that atmosphere.

Plus, the piano intro in Alt Lys Er Svunnet Hen is gone.

Foodforthegods
July 23rd 2007


425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is better than I expected. I love the first and the 3rd track so much. I should get the original.

FR33L0RD
February 6th 2008


1464 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Superb production of classical material, love it.

Slaytan
March 4th 2008


1186 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I just got this a few days ago, it's really good.



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