Dimmu Borgir
In Sorte Diaboli


4.0
excellent

Review

by Foodforthegods USER (35 Reviews)
April 25th, 2007 | 113 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist


Dimmu Borgir – In Sorte Diaboli (2007)

Nuclear Blast records

Line-up:

Shagrath - Vocals
Galder - Guitar
Silenoz - Guitar
Vortex - Bass
Mustis - Synth/Keys
Hellhammer - Drums/Percussion

Tracklist

1. "The Serpentine Offering" – 5:09
2. "The Chosen Legacy" – 4:17
3. "The Conspiracy Unfolds" – 5:24
4. "The Sacrilegious Scorn" – 3:58
5. "The Fallen Arises" – 2:59
6. "The Sinister Awakening" – 5:09
7. "The Fundamental Alienation" – 5:17
8. "The Invaluable Darkness" – 4:44
9. "The Foreshadowing Furnace" – 5:49

The Story: The story is located in medieval Europe. A priest assistant finds out that Christianity is not the good way for him. He’s kind of awakening and he finds out that he has more power and more ability than he thought. The priest is now leaning more into the dark side. It’s a medieval star wars if you prefer.

The Album: Dimmu Borgir has always been a band who gives you too much. Everything was exaggerated and that’s a part of their music. This time, they decided to keep it simple. No Orchestra, no keyboard overuses, no ultra-epic moments. In some cases this is for the good but some of these elements would have been welcome. Dimmu Borgir is not a Black Metal band anymore. Some roots are still here and here but they’re more of an extreme metal band. In opposition their previous records their’s no song that sticks out. This means that if you like a song you’ll like the record and if you hate one song you’ll hate the record. To me, the only songs that has a single potential is ‘’The Serpentine Offering’’. An almost perfect song. I mean, every Dimmu Borgir elements are there. The intro is very epic, the riffs are crushing, the drums are insane and even Vortex is singing. To me, this song would have been perfect if it has a solo after the clean singing part. The no solo thing is a key missing elements. Some songs could have been embellish if they had a solo (‘’The Serpentine Offering’’ and ‘’The Scrilegious Scorn’’). In fact a song like A Succubus in rapture from Enthrone Darkness Triumphant would have change all the perspective of the record. The ultra-epic moments are missing especially during the last few songs where it gets a bit repetitive. Dimmu Borgir has always use sounds who give the songs a weird vive. The intro to ‘’The Sacrilegious Scorn’’ and ‘’The Fundamental Alienation’’ are good examples of these scary type of vibes. ‘’The Sinister Awakening’’ has a frightening satanic chants in the middle which is awesome. The outro is also well constructed with the epic keyboard. Vortex has is moments three times on this record. He sings in ‘’The Serpentine Offering’’, ‘’The Sacrilegious Scorn’’ and ‘’The Invaluable Darkness’’. His presence is always welcome and should come more often. Overall this record is very static. I mean the band goes straight in a particular direction. It’s definatly their best since Spiritual Black Dimension. The music has more a reason to be and their’s no filler track except the instrumental work of Mustic on ‘’The Fallen Arise’’. The band should stay in that direction but should had some epic elements such has beautiful guitar solo or interlude.

Band Members Performance:

Shagrath vocals had always been criticized. Some people were saying that he sounds now like Dani Filth. I totally disapprove. His vocals are more powerful and clearer than ever. He also used some effect which is interesting and it also breaks the monotony.

Vortex is always the shining member of Dimmu Borgir. His voice is so pure that it would make any pop singer jealous. His vocals melodies are well built and his intonation is almost perfect. His bass playing is not heard a lot which is sad.

Silenoz and Galder riffs are solid. Most of their riffs are thrash. In fact, the guitar work has not improved since Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia. There is no real solo (except ‘’The Scrilegious Scorn’’). There is also not a lot of clean guitar work. Good work but nothing really special.

Mustis is another shining member of this record. Since they’re not using orchestras anymore Mustis as a lot to do. The intro of ‘’The Serpentine Offering’’ is a keyboard masterpiece. He also had some other great moments. I think of ‘’The Sinister Awakening’’ outro.

Hellhammer has without a doubt done a brilliant performance. I’ve never really heard of Mayhem and Arcturus but his performance makes me want to. His ferocious grooves and his intense fast drumming are impressive. His double bass speed in ‘’The Chosen Legacy’’ reach 260bpm which means 17 bass drum strokes per second. He also play’s some fast blast beats but not as often as Barker did. His playing is more interesting are less monotone.



Bonus DVD: The bonus DVD is not what I expected. The content is interesting but only for hardcore fans. I mean the recording footage is too short to be very useful. The video documentary is not very useful as well. It would have been great if they’ve done something like Chimaira of Lamb Of God has done with the bonus DVD of their last record..

Recommended Tracks:

The Serpentine Offering
The Chosen Legacy
The Sinister Awakening
The Sacrilegious Scorn

Pros
The concept
Hellhammer’s work
Mustis’ work
Vortex’s Voice

Cons
Repetitive
Some epic elements are missing.
The guitar work is not that great.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
The Sludge
April 26th 2007


2171 Comments


I like to pronounce Dimmu Bogir in the style of Steve Martin in The Pink Panther. Ahh, that makes me smile.

jrowa001
April 26th 2007


8752 Comments


^^haha. i like this album, but yeah vortex is the highlight for me and i think it wouldve been better if he was used a couple more times. hellhammer rocks like always though. good review like always

Intransit
April 26th 2007


2797 Comments


24 reviews and this is the best you can do? Sorry but I'm negging this. Very sparse and shoddy grammar throughout.

Wizard
April 26th 2007


20228 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Excellent album, but wheres the solos? Not a bads review!

Altmer
April 26th 2007


5701 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

foodforthegods is not a native speaker of english

Foodforthegods
April 26th 2007


425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

planewreq have you listen to the album. What I mean is that all the songs have basicaly the same format and the same dynamic. So if you like the format you'll like the album.

Tyler
Emeritus
April 26th 2007


7925 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

/waits for chan's review

711
April 26th 2007


1341 Comments


Ill probably listen to this sometime when I feel like it.

LifeInABox
April 26th 2007


3709 Comments


blahThis Message Edited On 09.08.07

jameskukucka
April 27th 2007


308 Comments


The Conspiracy Unfolds> any of your recommended tracks...
Solid album overall

LifeInABox
April 27th 2007


3709 Comments


blehThis Message Edited On 09.08.07

Confessed2005
April 29th 2007


5031 Comments


Seems like I should check this out. I am a big fan of the band but I doubt this will capture my attention that much.

Not a bad review - I don't think people should neg it for the grammar because English obviously is not his first language.

Digging: Norma Jean - All Hail

LifeInABox
April 30th 2007


3709 Comments


yeah, but i don't think many people understood/realized that...

LifeInABox
April 30th 2007


3709 Comments


yeah but negging it on grammer is almost like negging it by race or something. It's not his fault that he doesn't completly speak the language correctly.

Intransit
April 30th 2007


2797 Comments


I know I didn't neg it because of the grammar alone. I negged it because it was lacking alot of detail and he's done 24 reviews now. His approval rating isn't 50% and thus he should be able to pull something better than this.

BlackOpera
May 1st 2007


12 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I like this album very much.

Favs:

The Serpentine Offering

The Sacrilegious Scorn

The Sinister Awakening

The Invaluable Darkness



The end of the CD (the ''Uh Uh Uh'' at the end of The Foreshadowing Furnace) is really good! I didn't like it when i first heard it, but after a few spins i got into it. Real fun.

TheStarclassicTreatment
May 2nd 2007


2910 Comments


The Chosen Legacy is the best song here by far. Hellhammer's performance is good as ever though he only does the 260 bpm 16th note bass drumming for about 15 seconds, and he has done better in the past.

Still, this is a great Dimmu album and its interesting to hear them without their symphonic 'twang' again so to speak.

Tyler
Emeritus
May 2nd 2007


7925 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

The drumming on this album is probably Hellhammer's worst performance to date.This Message Edited On 05.02.07

LifeInABox
May 2nd 2007


3709 Comments


I like Dimmu's "Symphonic Twang" or whatever you called it.

Foodforthegods
May 2nd 2007


425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hellhammer performance is over the top. It's like saying Derek Roody is lazy on that one. Yeah maybe but I don't know a lot of drummer who can play like that.



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