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Symphonic Black Dimmu Borgir Spiritual Black Dimensions
CD, Released date : 25 March 1999 - Nuclear Blast
Produced by : Tagtgren Peter, Recorded at : Abyss Studio
Style: Symphonic Black

RATING SOM : 14/20
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Tracklist
Re-Issue in 2004 by Nuclear Blast with one bonustrack
1. Reptile 05:17
2. Behind the Curtains of Night - Phantasmagoria 03:20
3. Dreamside Dominions 05:13
4. United in Unhallowed Grace 04:22
5. The Promised Future Aeons 06:51
6. The Blazing Monoliths of Defiance 06:51
7. The Insight and the Catharsis 04:17
8. Grotesquery Conceiled 07:17
9. Arcane Life Force Mysteria (Within Measureless Magic) 05:10
Bonustrack (Japanase Edition and Re-Issue 2004)
10. Masses for the New Messiah 07:03
Bonustracks (Deluxe Edition)
11. Stormblåst (Live) 05:11
12. Master of Disharmony (Live) 04:29
13. In Death's Embrace (Live) 06:16
Total playing time 49:10

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17 / 20
    Scandals, Thursday 29 January 2009 Talk to your friends  
Now a lot of black metal 'kvltists' don't like Dimmu Borgir. They use a huge symphonic production, their albums never sound as if they've been produced in a forest and they've become almost mainstream; unthinkable for black metal ideology. But I've always been a big fan of the band, ever since a friend thrust 'Death Cult Armageddon' into my hand and said 'LISTEN!!'

I first enjoyed symphonic black metal with Emperor's 'Prometheus' album, followed by Cradle of Filth's 'Cruelty and the Beast'. Both albums are very powerful and complex in their sound, which drew me more into the black metal scene. I am now much more into the more minimalist, raw black metal of early Darkthrone, Mayhem, Burzum etc than I was, but I am still a big fan of this kind of thing. I'm a fan of bands being able to use instruments outside your general guitar, drums, bass, keyboards effectively, and Dimmu Borgir for me have always managed to pull this kinda thing off expertly.

Spiritual Black Dimensions, for me, is Dimmu Borgir's best album. It may not contain my favourite tracks ('Puritania' and 'Progenies of the Great Apocalypse' take the prize there) but it contains Dimmu's most consistently well written songs contained on one release. The bombastic power of 'The Insight & the Cartharsis' shows most symphonic black metal bands how to do it properly, while the steamrolling 'Behind the Curtains of Night: Phantasmagoria' displays the more black metal edge; less drama and more buzzsaw riffing. 'Dreamside Dominions' and 'The Promised Future Aeons' are great examples about how putting melody into black metal doesn't necessarily mean that they have to be less aggressive, and the opening scream of 'Grotesquery Conceiled' and subsequent blasting show that the rawer, more extreme element has not left the band.

A personal highlight is the memorable 'Blazing Monoliths of Defiance', and the ominous, slow burning 'Arcane Lifeforce Mysteria', building from an atmospheric, clean intro into a full blown blast. With the tracks here, Dimmu Borgir show that keyboards and synth/orchestra parts only benefit a piece if the music is properly arranged and the band shine through here. Each song is arranged to give the full power of each instrument its place. Shagrath's vocal work is also exceptional. He has an excellent raw black metal rasp that compliments the music but the clean vocals also fit in well with the more symphonic elements

A complex, well written work of quality of symphonic black metal, essential for fans of Emperor and Cradle of Filth.




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