In the world of Black Metal, Dimmu Borgir is a band that needs no introduction. Some people like them, others hate them, but no one can deny the enormous impact they have left on the genre.
Now, onto the album. This is quite possibly their second best album (Next to Enthrone). It starts out with a calm symphonic cut, 'Fear and Wonder' is a great introduction into the world of Dimmu. Just after the symphony reaches it's climax (Which always gives me goosebumps ;)) the album jumps into a storm of pure black metal. 'Blessings Upon the Throne of Tyranny' is truly one of the best Dimmu songs there is. The entire album is a monumental progression of Black Metal. Not much can compare to the sheer dramatic sound that these guys produce.
This album heads for a more 'industrial' production. The drum sound is blasting, the guitar sound is a ripping, electric, thundering blast, and the symphony is beauty in the rage. As for the lyrics, if you are a Christian (like me ;)), you have absolutely nothing to worry about. Unless you spend hours and hours delving into the deep, hidden meaning of the lyrics, you won't be able to hear anything bad. The lyrics, to me, seem like a bunch of big words thrown together. They really make no sense, which isn't really a bad thing after all.
The best songs on the album are: 'Blessings Upon the Throne of Tyranny', 'Puritania', 'The Maelstrom Mephisto', and 'Perfection or Vanity', although all of the songs are very high quality.