Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse
Lepers Among Us
For The World To Dictate Our Death
Blood Hunger Doctrine
Allehelgens Død I Helveds Rike
Eradication Instincts Defined
BORGIR: "Death Cult
preview- review by dalia "gryphon_spirit" di giacomo____
release date 08.09.2003
majestic, fascinating, varied, intense, dynamic: all this and much more
is Death Cult Armageddon. And above all, yes above all
considerations, praises or criticism, above all discussions and volumes
written, one thing is outstanding and clear: the excellent good taste in
everything concerning this release: awesome the pictures of the band,
awsome the work done by Joachim Luetke, awesome the different (6, if i
remember well) versions in which Death Cult Armageddon is available
in stores. A good taste that only a highly professional and
refined band can offer.
So let's go straight to the points which, for me, make this album something highly appreciable. An album that, told frankly, the metal world needed. I'm indeed enough pissed off about a) untidiness b) excessive purism of school c) plagiarism d) bad taste which recently are polluting enough the metal panorama . Well, Death Cult Armageddon is the real opposite of all this.
Black metal? yes there is much Black ,Dimmu Borgir have not forgotten who they are and from where they started off. This Black is simply extended towards new horizons that include the mastering of other genres thrash and a touch of doom included . And attention: for me it's NOT Symphonic Black like too superficially is said . It's Black mixed with other flavours, and, sometimes, in a really hard and abrasive way, only embedded in a fantastic orchestral shell. Indeed Dimmu Borgir, that in this album prove to be able to play in a brilliant way, are supported by the Philarmonic Orchestra Prague. The good starting point to play with an orchestra that in Metallica's S&M for example turned unfortunately in an utterly crap experimentation, works here perfectly (though the orchestra in Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse comes out to sound a bit too high from the mixing). But the orchestral underlining has nothing to do with their music in itself that goes with extreme self-confidence, lie mentioned before, from Black till Doom , Melodic Death inspirations and Thrash sonorities
Shagrath told the German press that listening to this album is like a rollercoaster experience: indeed every song is varied: every song showcases a variety of soundscapes. And the rollercoaster is a good picture in order to give an idea of the enjoyable facettes of the stuff, even if i would prefer to identify the tracks like a majestic morphing. Each song is an adventure per se, almost sublimated to the an "opera" level without being opera. many say that some tracks could be a fantastic movie sound track: too foreseen and simplistic: they could be the sound track yes, but for a physical supernatural experience, done in first person.
Another important thing to be put in evidence is that the whole band has been engaged and involved : lyrics by Silenoz and Silenoz/Shagrath. While music is not only composed by Mustis by also by Galder and Shagrath . Vortex is also present in Allehelgens Død I Helveds Rike and Heavenly perverse. Barker's drummering is potent, providing assaults which are never annoying , not penetrating but thundering and tight. Loads of double bass drums. Black technique in guitars and vocals is accompanied by concrete elements from other genres. No spectacular guitar solos, but no one need them in this frame. Piano and well calibrated atmospheres. Metal sometimes harder, sometimes more melodic, sometimes catchy, sometimes complex. Emotional choruses , galloping riffs and sudden levitation in a heavenly vastness. Hell so close to Heaven and Heaven so close to Hell, classical music so close to Metal and Metal so close to vivid apocalyptic visions. Without being cyber, there is a transposition in an epic future or in epic past, out from time and space, superhuman. But the lyrics , who are very interesting and absolutely not banal, don't fear to speak about "man and his faithful ethics, intoxicated by the fruit of the earth".
Commercial? No Dimmu Borgir are not commercial, their music has nothing to do with easy listening, though every Metaller, from Power to Black, should have the maturity to appreciate this art. Dimmu Borgir give to the Black metal wider horizons of audience, it's true , but this doesn't mean to be commercial. A machine for making money? Do me a favour! and keep your envy for yourself if you think so: Death Cult Armageddon is well worth every cent of its price. Death Cult Armageddon represents a step forward in their evolving contents and aesthetics begun from Spiritual Black Dimensions
is the opener -.after a sinister slow atmospheric intro with some
touches of industrial and cyber we fade into a speed attacks
alternated with more melodic phrases. Heavy loops act as junction for
different paced moments
Progenies of the Great Apocalypse - supported by the well known potent orchestra , this song achieves epic tones showing also galloping rhythms, and moments in which you fly suddenly in the space against the law of gravity. Flawless , mighty and awsome Shagrat's vocals which are strong , abrasive but also velvety at the same time. Powerful and warm drums allow the band to do any kind of acrobatics which grip the listener. It is a majestic vision provided by Mustis. Brilliant piano , impressive outro.
Lepers among us - You are still in another dimension when, without waiting too much , this track assaults you merciless; technically a well mix of cosmic moments and brutal speed blasts. Being very varied like every songs , you also taste slower aesthetic moments.
Vredesbyrd - Enthralling bass drums and winning loops heavy like hell. Varied paced: from doomy moments to mid tempo and speed grenades. Actually a rollercoaster song.
For the World to dictate our Death - "Let us sit by and watch death and destruction 's devotees revel..." vocals reach very low amplifications, again agreeable tempo changings, which approach the realm of melodic death, with atmosferic emotional background. Giant rhythmic section.
Blood Hunger Doctrine - Epic, melodic sad and catchy with distorced guitar sounds . "Time is here to walk the final Abyss". Heavy emotional dark , will be appreciated also by the heaviest goths, and also by Rotting Christ fans.
Allehelgens Død I Helveds Rike - Black attack and tremolos for this angry infernal track , which provides loads of powerful drumming and every kind of escapades in the demonic world, melodic phrases included.
Cataclysm Children - Heavy and fresh,thundering and vibrating . Irresistible loops.
Eradication Istincts defined - Like Progenies , is embedded in the orchestral support which reigns the long intro. It develops in a very dark track, very Black oriented.
Unortodox Manifesto - A very martial intro opens the door to a presentation which will become proverbial: "Gentlemen: destroy!" . Amazing merciless catchy song : a black with thrashy flavours.
Heavenly perverse - Percussive , angry and solemn at the same time. Doomy loops
Satan my Master - (bonus track) The digipack offers this Bathory cover (written by Quorthon) - It sounds so slayer-ish. Dynamic , speed and raw, straight to the point, effective, nice.
Satan My Master
Remember me when judgment day is near
Satan My Master
Take my hand when Armageddon is here
So congratulations Dimmu Borgir! and congrats in general to the Black scene that , no matter how it expresses itself, is confirming artists of brilliant level, who still care about their products and ideas. Death Cult Armageddon is a masterpiece and a must to have. It's really an event, a physical experience. All slovenly , negligent and insipid bands are invited to leave the stage asap.
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