- Audio CD (June 6 2008)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Sonic Unyon Records
- ASIN: B00005A0XA
- Other Editions: Audio CD | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
|1. Fear and wonder|
|2. Blessings Upon The Throne Of Tyranny|
|3. Kings Of The Carnival Creation|
|4. Hybrid Stigmata - The Apostasy|
|5. Architecure Of a Genocidal Nature|
|8. The Maelstrom Mephisto|
|9. Absolute Sole Right|
|11. Perfection or Vanity|
i wonder if you know how to speak proper english? anyways, dimmu borgir is crap. emperor light, and that's pretty tame.(emperor were good, but dimmu never will be.) avoid this at all costs, unless you're a fat, zit covered suburban kid who thought slipknot or lamb of god were the most br00tal band ever.
The album makes use of an orchestra and except for the intro where they're used exclusively, they're sparingly used and to great effect. I usually detest strings in rock music as being pretentious B.S. But here they work, especially on the last track "Perfection or Vanity". Therion wishes they could write orchestral parts with half of the majesty.
I generally don't care for keyboards in metal either, but on PEM, Dimmu Borgir use the keyboards successfully for atmosphere and melodic flourishes. They're used effectively and are not overbearing as they have been in the past such as on Stormblast. They've avoided the cheesiness that plagued the song "Entrance" from Enthrone Darkness Triumphant, my least favorite song on that album.
I have to say the one thing you cannot fault this band with is musical incompetence. They can really play their instruments and their writing is both harmonically sophisticated and emotional. Not to mention complex, epic and intense.
On Puritanical Euphoric Msanthropia Dimmu Borgir sucessfully combines their earlier neoclassical/romantic tendencies with black metal aggressiveness and 21st century studio technology. PEM is a fantastic, cinematic, metal album. Its huge, and heavy.Read more ›
The vocals are now in English? Gee, I couldn't tell. In English or Norwegian, it wouldn't matter anyway. I'd still be incomprehensible.
I wonder how many of the positive reviewers below, knows Norwegian? Or maybe all they crave is hearing somebody who sounds like he's had his larynx removed from throat cancer and could listen to his buzzsaw noise all day. As a way of dealing their ADD.
In fact, the vocalist sounds like the Cookie Monster out of Sesame Street and couldn't hold a note if his life depended upon it.
And I thought Cannibal Corpse was bad....
(PS: Too bad I have to give them a one star. I'd really like to give them a zero)
1. If you try dissing Dimmu, try to read up on musical theory before embarrassing yourself. Read more