From out of a sea of Norwegian black-metal mediocrity, where practically every band from Burzum
sounds basically the same, one band slowly evolved into something that would make the Norwegian black metal scene famous rather than infamous.
band was Dimmu Borgir
When first I heard "Progenies", I knew I had stepped into a darker world. There was something more primal and evil about this than anything Cradle of Filth
or any death metal bands I had previously listened to before could ever have achieved. They didn't have to spout out profanities, they were hard enough. Brutal
drum-beats, chugging tremolo-picked power-chords, epic keyboard orchestrations and growling vocals from the pit of Hell
really created the depth and darkness of the song.
then, just as it continued, the operatic voice of ICS Vortex
lifted me out of the darkness and into a world that transcends very existence.
I know, I know, enough ass-kissing.
The truth is that this is the first real black metal I ever heard, and I don't see why people have such against this album.
Some time has passed since that teenager first heard of the "Progenies of the Great Apocalypse
", and now I look back and see all the shit the band has gone through in this album alone. Why
are people complaining that the symphony drowns out the metal, when what they consider to be "good" black metal has worse recording quality than Edison's phonograph?! Why
's vocalizations considered "moldy"? In truth, his pre-DCA
vocalizations sound too reminiscent of Arcturus
, and his DCA
/ISD work sounds wholly separate from his vocalizations of before.
But back to the album. Though I'm not a major fan of your run-of-the-mill, God
-hating black metal bands (I'm more into the Viking
/Progressive type), the album has some definite moments of epic-ness. Favorites are "Progenies" and "Eradication Instincts
Defined". Other bad-ass songs are the Bathory
-cover, which you can actually hear the guitar riffs in, and "Allehelgens" for Vortex
's cosmo-raising singing.
"not metal" because they're signed to a major label, have had music videos AND
have had one of their songs be the theme song to MTV? You say no. Dimmu Borgir
signed the major label, have had music videos, and have had appearances on MTV...are they not metal? Definitely not! This band has made the black metal scene renown for something more than murder and arson.