Spiritual Black Dimensions

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Band Name Dimmu Borgir
Album Name Spiritual Black Dimensions
Type Album
Released date 25 March 1999
Recorded at Abyss Studio
Music StyleSymphonic Black
Members owning this album945


Re-Issue in 2004 with One Bonustrack.
 Behind the Curtains of Night - Phantasmagoria
 Dreamside Dominions
 United in Unhallowed Grace
 The Promised Future Aeons
 The Blazing Monoliths of Defiance
 The Insight and the Catharsis
 Grotesquery Conceiled
 Arcane Life Force Mysteria (within Measureless Magic)

 Masses for the New Messiah

Total playing time: 54:21

Review @ Scandals

29 January 2009
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, Phantasmagoria 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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1Archon1 - 29 January 2009: A great review for a great CD.Good work.
Scandals - 29 January 2009: cheers man, thanks, appreciate it. Just put up my top 10 for 2008 on my blog if ur interested
KPKing - 30 January 2009: Sure. I completly agree with this review. Dimmu Borgir is still excelent Black Metal. Maybe this is reason why they are popular... And if someone say : "this or that is mainstream and this is not ", then maybe it´s only about good and bad music. Everytime will be mainstream everything what is on higher lvl than others ( in some point of view )Fuck this stoopid opinions.
Dimmu Borgir is fantastic !!!
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