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Dimmu Borgir Stormblast (re-recorded)

Dimmu Borgir - Stormblast (re-recorded)
01. Alt Lys Er Svunnet Hen
02. Broderskapets Ring
03. Nar Sjelen Hentes Til Helvete
04. Sorgens Kammer - Del II
05. Da Den Kristne Satte Livet Til
06. Stormblast
07. Dodsferd
08. Antikrist
09. Vinder Frau En EnsonGrav
10. Guds Fortapelse
11. Avmaktslave
2006 Nuclear Blast Records

Reviewed by: Rob McFeters   //   Published: 1/27/2006

Receiving this CD struck me a tad funny, because Stormblast was the first album that I had ever heard by Dimmu Borgir. If I remember correctly, I was just starting my second semester of my freshman year of college. I do remember thinking to myself, "so this is the new black metal... who cares." I had heard Mayhem and Emperor before, but I just wasn't a big black metal fan. To be honest, I've only heard Stormblast about three times since 1997. Well with this re-release, Dimmu Borgir has completely re-recorded this album. Suffice to say that the production is much more full and brighter, so it obviously doesn't sound as "necro" as the original version.

The songs themselves are played about the same, but the drumming has been stepped up courtesy of Mayhem's Hellhammer. I think that is nice as far as performance, but I still don't care much. The slick sound of this new version has pretty much stripped away any black metal feeling, because, let's be honest, true black metal bands love to go for that razor sharp, thin sound ala Burzum. But so be it. This is what it is. The general feeling of this record seems so forced and soulless to me.

One thing that I've noticed is the keyboards aren't as prevalent as the original release. This strikes me as a bit odd, because Dimmu Borgir has always sounded over the top to me with their keyboard/organ sounds. The vocal performance sounds completely unnatural throughout this release, because it comes across that he is trying to recapture the original sound he had. But this just didn't work. Other than that, the rest of the performance is solid, especially considering how much character it lacks. However, a solid performance won't necessarily save barely average songs.

These re-recorded songs have much more layering than the original versions, but I would expect that. Therefore, every song has (at least audibly) extreme depth. If this was a brand-new album, I would at least say the atmosphere, however contrived, is heavy and thick.

Bottom Line: A re-recorded version of an album that I didn't really care about in the first place, isn't going to much for me today. I suppose Dimmu Borgir has turned what was once touted as an inspirational release into Ozzfest black metal. I don't really care either way, and I'm sure elitist black metal fans wrote these guys off long ago. This is just completely mediocre and fully lacks character. The only way I would recommend this album to you is if you are a die-hard fan, or if you are mad that a 45-year old Sabbath fan spilled his beer on your Cradle of Filth shirt at Ozzfest.

Vali-Ent_   posted 9/10/2007 1:59:37 AM
This review is f*ckin' retarded. I bet this guy listens to shit like SlipKnot; those kids could never understand Black Metal.
Ben_   posted 3/10/2006 4:41:16 PM
this cd is awsome. i agree with that one dude, the writer needs fired or something.
anonymous   posted 2/13/2006 12:05:55 PM
it rocks sure its badass shit
50voltphantom_   posted 2/9/2006 8:11:08 PM
I bought this CD yesterday and it awesome.
xhardxcorexmeatxshitsx_   posted 2/2/2006 4:59:22 PM
reviewer "where da br00tal breakdowns? I d0n't get it!"

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