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In Sorte Diaboli (Ltd.Ed) [Limited Edition, Enhanced]

Dimmu Borgir Audio CD
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1. The Serpentine Offering
2. The Chosen Legacy
3. The Conspiracy Unfolds
4. The Ancestral Fever
5. The Sacreligious Scorn
6. The Fallen Arsis
7. The Sinister Awakening
8. The Fundemental Alienation
9. The Invaluable Darkness
10. The Foreshadowing Furnace

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From Electric Light Orchestra to Urge Overkill, some of rock's most memorable acts have trafficked in over-amplifications of genre to a level approaching the absurd. Whether Dimmu Borgir has the campy self-awareness of the latter or simply find themselves locked into their delirious conflation of black metal, vaguely industrial rock, and symphonic and operatic sounds with the fetishistic devotion of Jeff Lynne from ELO is anyone's guess. The last few years have brought more young listeners back to metal, what with all the supposedly "intelligent" and emo metal groups such as Pelican, Mastodon, and Early Man. It's still quite a leap from that to a Norwegian band who prints their lyrics backwards so that they have to be read in the mirror and craft ridiculously dark concept albums about the evils of the Christian church, and how Satanism is so much better. There's no irony here. But there is bombast in just about every conceivable manifestation, delivered beautifully. From the soaring, operatic vocals and live string accompaniment to the beyond-fast riffing and drumming, In Sorte Diaboli is the perfect music to annoy parents and satisfy fans of overindulgence everywhere. --Mike McGonigal

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Black metal's most prolific and infamous band return with their new beautifully blasphemous studio epic masterpiece! This set includes the band's first concept album with a story based around a priest's assistant in a church in medieval Europe. The result

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5.0 out of 5 stars Heretic Hammer May 17 2013
By Mike
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Excellent album, Dimmu Borgir seems to get better and better each time. It's albums like these that are incredibly hard to put down
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5.0 out of 5 stars A return to form, of sorts, for Dimmu Borgir April 12 2007
By J. Knapp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Dimmu Borgir faced a similar problem as Lamb of God when it came time for the latter to post a follow-up to their masterwork, "Ashes of the Wake": How do you top yourself, or even come close? When you unleash an album like "Death Cult Armageddon," you set yourself up for failure with your following release.

Well, Dimmu Borgir have, in my opinion, managed to respond more successfully than Lamb of God did with "Sacrament." But, "In Sorte Diaboli" is not "Death Cult Part II." It more closely resembles Dimmu's older works than "DCA". While "DCA" was a genre-bending disc, "In Sorte Diaboli" is a full-on black metal assault.

That will be a disappointment to some, but a welcome return to form for old Dimmu fans. But this album isn't just classic Dimmu Borgir black metal. These guys have come back with a venegence. While it lacks the variety found on "DCA", it offers some mind-blowing guitar and drum work. These two aspects really stand out from the beginning track all the way through to the last riff. Nearly every track showcases Dimmu's excellent drummer, Hellhammer. The speed at which he works the double bass drums seems inhuman. It's impossible to describe and must be heard to understand just how remarkable it truly is.

While the out-of-this-world drum work at times takes center stage, this is a very well-balanced album. It is extremely clean for such powerful music. The vocals, guitar and drums (and keyboards!) mesh together perfectly for a really tight sound. The guys have clearly progressed as musicians.

My only real gripe with the disc is that it feels too predictable at times. You know when Diummu is going to slow it down or when they are going to turn on the afterburners and wail with a sonic fury. As previously mentioned, it lacks the variety "DCA" offered. That variety is what made that album so great. The tracks on this disc do not clearly stand apart from each other. They are all fast, aggressive and unforgiving.

It sounds as though Dimmu wanted to make a statement with this record. The statement clearly is aimed at anyone who thought Dimmu was about to sell out and become a corny rock opera act. The orchestra is gone and the keyboards, while still present, take a back seat to the ferocious onslaught of the guitar and drums. While I still prefer "DCA," this seems like a clear logical step for Dimmu. An attempt to recreate the magic of "DCA" could have been a huge disaster, and with this release, Dimmu Borgir have shown they are not about to give in to anyone's expectations but their own.

It would have been easy for Dimmu to slow things down and take advantage of their growing notoriety in an effort to attract a larger audience. But instead of doing what they could to garner the favor of the more mild metal fans, they have done exactly the opposite. This is a relentless METAL album.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the Limited Edition, but still all the Music May 6 2007
By Snow Leopard - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Considering the praise justly heaped on Dimmu Borgir's 1997 "Enthrone Darkness Triumphant" and especially their last album, "Death Cult Armageddon," it may seem like a stretch to put "In Sorte Diaboli" at the top of their output, but it is very difficult not to be floored by the musical commitment displayed on this album; it's at the same level of effort as a Pantera album, or a late Death album. And while 5-stars are fairly often given out (I do it myself), sometimes the 5-star rating means a truly definitive musical statement. This is such a case.

I can imagine some critics (or fans) seeing this disc as Dimmu Borgir simply re-treading the same water they did so well in "Death Cult Armageddon," but even if that is the case, this disc makes me want to listen to it again and again; "Death Cult Armageddon" I pull out from time to time. There's definitely something "more" here, particularly for those who set aside any nostalgia for Nick Barker and listen to what Hellhammer serves up on drums. This is a good case in point, since the difference in the drumming (and everywhere) is in subtleties. Subtlety is generally not a mainstay of this kind of metal but, as they say, the devil's in the details.

The weakest element of "In Sorte Diaboli" is its concept (a priest discovers his affinity for Satan, the powers accrued thereto, and is burnt alive), but while it is fairly slight in itself, the task of telling a story seems to have made the band more musically conscious of how to sequence both the songs and the disc overall.

"The Serpentine Offering," at 5'09", opens with a Gothic orchestral war march, complete with chanting chorus, then restates the orchestral theme with a full metal workout. At around 90 seconds into the song, however, you get your first taste of Dimmu Borgir upping the ante on what they normally do so well. The guitars and drums here are not just punishing and huge, but the keyboards (or strings) shrill in the background to add a literal edge to the music. The cuts in vocal style here are also particular vicious, and lead immediately into a gargantuan and relentlessly punishing rift. Another quick riff, then its back to the orchestral theme, followed by a 100% melodic clean vocals section, lushly produced, and gargantuan again. (I had to say gargantuan twice.) Some spoken vocals lead back into the second theme again, which hammers its way out the end of the song. A complete showcase of a song, beautifully put together and executed.

"The Chosen Legacy," at 4'17", starts with the familiar death metal vocal roar and a frantic smash-fest of guitar, drums, and bass. However, not content with this, at 60 seconds, another moment of Dimmu Borgir exceeding themselves occurs. A second riff starts, sounding almost in an unusual time signature--a sawing kind of thing, with an arpeggiated guitar chord to top it off--which then is imitated on keyboard as a set up to the return of the riff again. It's the contrast here that particularly shows the intensity of this disc--the brief keyboard bit makes the guitars that much heavier, and their return that much more gratifying. This kind of contrast is a Dimmu Borgir staple, but it hardly seems that they have ever so consistently put it to such excellent use as they do on this album.

"The Conspiracy Unfolds," at 5'24", with its drum-guitar blast to kick it off, harkens back to earlier days. And while the song stays fairly safely in the lines of what Dimmu Borgir fans have come to expect--including the vaguely angelic choir of keyboards floating over the top of grinding guitars--even here there is more attention to detail than on previous outings, like the dog-barking vocals as the second riff comes sawing in, and the atypically interwoven drums and guitars around 3 minutes into the song.

"The Sacrilegious Scorn," at 3'58", seems almost to mock Dimmu Borgir's identifiable signature, by starting with a somewhat cheesy Gothy keyboard kind of thing such as one finds all over "Godless Savage Garden". There's even a tongue-in-cheek "ah" to make it seem like one shouldn't take it too seriously. But this opening is kicked soundly in the head by the thundering riff that follows. For the chorus, the usual death rattle gives way to giant melodic metal again, as displayed so gorgeously on the opening track. Another detail: at the end of this melodic chorus, it just sinks away, as the opening guitars take over again (there is a sweet, nasty shrieking squeak at 1'24" as well). See, it's all about the details. A death metal piano ballad then ensues for a few seconds, complete with keyboards and King Diamond like choking gasps. Following a literal avalanche of drums, the band then comes back with even redoubled (retripled?) force to crush its way up to a false stop, and then a quick brutal reprise of the opening. Really, a whole lot of variation in a fairly short space, but it all hangs together--and it's this kind of "narrative complexity" that helps make the songs so compelling.

"The Fallen Arises," at 2'59," (you can guess the plot element by the song title) is a soundscape mostly, keyboards, choir--altogether mellow and a pleasant enough decompression from the intensity of the previous four songs.

"The Sinister Awakening," at 5'09", takes obvious delight in blistering off the pleasant skin of semi-calm the last song provided. The first 90 seconds or so are "typical" Dimmu Borgir, although the production sounds better than ever, but even so, buried in the back of the mix are these glass-like whips of noise--subtle, but effective. At two minutes, the music shifts, the keyboards are cleverly buried in the mix, and the vocals are fed through various freaky effects to great effect, joined by the inevitable chanting choir of dark-spirit types. Around four minutes, another piano death metal ballad kicks in to keep things interesting, as the band slides toward the kind of super-grand, even sublime musical horizonscape they've been aiming to create for a long time. There is a lot of music out there that wants to sound like a lot of this song, but again, the devil's both in the details, and the variation of parts used to construct the songs.

"The Fundamental Alienation," at 5'17", starts off with cello, timpani, corrugated tin roof, and choir of dark spirits as a moody intro, once again quickly dispelled by the kind of wide-open sound that opened the album. One can really hear here how the keyboards have become excellently integrated into the music--far less does it seem like the keyboards are just floating over the music in a semi-campy invocation of all things dark and Gothy. Here, they effectively add to the mood. Around this point, the disc may be beginning to sound self-repetitious, and perhaps that's true, but there are numerous musical backward glances in this song that seem to be drawing together strands of the album's conceptual plot.

"The Invaluable Darkness," at 4'44", starts off loudly, and with shifting rhythms, as if to throw you off balance; the vocals and main riff also seem very start-stop at first, but then settle into a warp speed hammerfest, that avoids dullness largely through vocal variation, and an almost swing-feel to the guitars. The swing feel is brought out all the more by the distinctly melodic vocal chorus--it's hard not to see the guitars as paving the way for the chorus' vocals; yet another example of Dimmu Borgir outdoing themselves. At 3 minutes, another riff that feels like it is in an unusual time signature breaks up the straight ahead hammering for a bit, and then the swing-rhythm takes over again. You know the chorus is coming, but surprise, the song ends instead.

"The Foreshadowing Furnace," at 5'49", kicks off the last song with a clanging bell and an angry crowd (hellbent on burning our anti-hero at the stake), and then a foreshadowing bit of the main riff, which is a heavy, stomping thing with leaping chords (one of the more compelling ones on the disc), rather than the usual grinding. A series of quick changes follow, including a slow-down and an in-your-face vocal snarl, and then a big messy barrage of jagged guitar notes with the bass and drums grinding away underneath, lots of good howls and treated vocals ("I am from beyond your god"). At last, as expected, the opening riff returns, but one hardly minds; one's been waiting all song for it. Three croaking gasps, and then the sound of rushing flames closes out the disc.

An exceptionally listenable, varied, and above all committedly-accomplished album. It really seems as if Dimmu Borgir set out to make a point with this disc; perhaps to prove that no one else can approach the domain over which their dark castle rules. If so, they certainly seem to have succeeded.
21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great April 27 2007
By P. Binh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
To get a taste of this album, check out YouTube for the single, "The Serpentine Offering."

What's remarkable about this album to me is the extent to which it's driven by heavy guitar riffing and drums. Dimmu Borgir's music is notoriously keyboard-driven, which had the effect of making the music symphonic and complex. Here, the complexity and nuance that came with keyboard-dominance is gone and what remains is demonic, sometimes heavy, sometimes melodic, riffing. The keyboards are still there, but they are in the background and their role seems to be in filling gaps and embellishing on the main melodic ideas rather than being the driving force of the music.

Fortunately, Simen is still doing his amazing clean vocals. I believe this works even better with the stripped-down sound of the album because they provide a melodic counterpoint to Shagrath's growling and help balance the heavyness and intensity with Simen's emotive melodic singing. This is especially important because of the diminished role of the keyboards.

The speed of the music ranges between fast and mid-paced. There aren't a ton of blastbeats here, which to me is OK because when bands overuse them all of the songs end up sounding too similar for my taste. Instead, it seems the band tried to make the riffs interesting and unique. The time changes within the songs are well placed, making each song fairly dynamic in its own right.

One good thing about the album is that I didn't find any weak tracks that I would end up skipping in the future (there are tracks on Death Cult and Puritanical that I skip most of the time because there aren't any/enough time changes, making the whole song sound the same).

I've only listened to it a few times through now and it may grow on me. Even though the tracks are consistently good, none besides the single rise to greatness. Their last two albums I think were better but there was more inconsistency in the quality of the tracks. I would recommend this for anyone who liked their last two albums.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't break any new ground, but still highly enjoyable. April 24 2007
By Kevin H. Dudley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I really only got into Dimmu Borgir through their last 2 proper studio albums Death Cult Armageddon (D.C.A.) & Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia (P.E.M.) ( the re-recorded Stormblast doesn't count).

In sorte Diaboli is a stronger album than D.C.A. but not quite as good as P.E.M., but it still one of the strongest and best metal albums that I've heard in quite some time.

One thing that's different on this album is that they chose not to use a full orchestra on this album like they had on the last 2. The keyboards are also downplayed somewhat so that album has a much more crushing guitar feel to it than the last 2 in some respects.

The vocals, while as brutal as ever, are also more discernible as to what is being said so that it's nice to understand most of what is being said without having to follow the lyrics (which for some stupid reason were printed backwards to you have to use a mirror to read them.)

I highly recommend spending 2 extra dollars and getting the deluxe edition with the bonus DVd. You get a great 17 minute documentary on the making of the album in addition to the a 22 minute documentary on the making of the lead off single's video for The Serpentine Offering. Also, you get the actual uncensored video as well which is most cool. The album itself clocks in at about 48 1/2 minutes and the U.S. gets a bonus track in the form of The Heretic Hammer that is only available on the American edition.

If you're a fan of Dimmu's stuff, this album won't disappoint even though it really doesn't advance their sound that much.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Newcomers Might Find This A Good Place To Start April 24 2007
By Snow Leopard - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Considering the praise justly heaped on Dimmu Borgir's 1997 "Enthrone Darkness Triumphant" and especially their last album, "Death Cult Armageddon," it may seem like a stretch to put "In Sorte Diaboli" at the top of their output, but it is very difficult not to be floored by the musical commitment displayed on this album; it's at the same level of effort as a Pantera album, or a late Death album. And while 5-stars are fairly often given out (I do it myself), sometimes the 5-star rating means a truly definitive musical statement. This is such a case.

I can imagine some critics (or fans) seeing this disc as Dimmu Borgir simply re-treading the same water they did so well in "Death Cult Armageddon," but even if that is the case, this disc makes me want to listen to it again and again; "Death Cult Armageddon" I pull out from time to time. There's definitely something "more" here, particularly for those who set aside any nostalgia for Nick Barker and listen to what Hellhammer serves up on drums. This is a good case in point, since the difference in the drumming (and everywhere) is in subtleties. Subtlety is generally not a mainstay of this kind of metal but, as they say, the devil's in the details.

The weakest element of "In Sorte Diaboli" is its concept (a priest discovers his affinity for Satan, the powers accrued thereto, and is burnt alive), but while it is fairly slight in itself, the task of telling a story seems to have made the band more musically conscious of how to sequence both the songs and the disc overall.

"The Serpentine Offering," at 5'09", opens with a Gothic orchestral war march, complete with chanting chorus, then restates the orchestral theme with a full metal workout. At around 90 seconds into the song, however, you get your first taste of Dimmu Borgir upping the ante on what they normally do so well. The guitars and drums here are not just punishing and huge, but the keyboards (or strings) shrill in the background to add a literal edge to the music. The cuts in vocal style here are also particular vicious, and lead immediately into a gargantuan and relentlessly punishing rift. Another quick riff, then its back to the orchestral theme, followed by a 100% melodic clean vocals section, lushly produced, and gargantuan again. (I had to say gargantuan twice.) Some spoken vocals lead back into the second theme again, which hammers its way out the end of the song. A complete showcase of a song, beautifully put together and executed.

"The Chosen Legacy," at 4'17", starts with the familiar death metal vocal roar and a frantic smash-fest of guitar, drums, and bass. However, not content with this, at 60 seconds, another moment of Dimmu Borgir exceeding themselves occurs. A second riff starts, sounding almost in an unusual time signature--a sawing kind of thing, with an arpeggiated guitar chord to top it off--which then is imitated on keyboard as a set up to the return of the riff again. It's the contrast here that particularly shows the intensity of this disc--the brief keyboard bit makes the guitars that much heavier, and their return that much more gratifying. This kind of contrast is a Dimmu Borgir staple, but it hardly seems that they have ever so consistently put it to such excellent use as they do on this album.

"The Conspiracy Unfolds," at 5'24", with its drum-guitar blast to kick it off, harkens back to earlier days. And while the song stays fairly safely in the lines of what Dimmu Borgir fans have come to expect--including the vaguely angelic choir of keyboards floating over the top of grinding guitars--even here there is more attention to detail than on previous outings, like the dog-barking vocals as the second riff comes sawing in, and the atypically interwoven drums and guitars around 3 minutes into the song.

"The Sacrilegious Scorn," at 3'58", seems almost to mock Dimmu Borgir's identifiable signature, by starting with a somewhat cheesy Gothy keyboard kind of thing such as one finds all over "Godless Savage Garden". There's even a tongue-in-cheek "ah" to make it seem like one shouldn't take it too seriously. But this opening is kicked soundly in the head by the thundering riff that follows. For the chorus, the usual death rattle gives way to giant melodic metal again, as displayed so gorgeously on the opening track. Another detail: at the end of this melodic chorus, it just sinks away, as the opening guitars take over again (there is a sweet, nasty shrieking squeak at 1'24" as well). See, it's all about the details. A death metal piano ballad then ensues for a few seconds, complete with keyboards and King Diamond like choking gasps. Following a literal avalanche of drums, the band then comes back with even redoubled (retripled?) force to crush its way up to a false stop, and then a quick brutal reprise of the opening. Really, a whole lot of variation in a fairly short space, but it all hangs together--and it's this kind of "narrative complexity" that helps make the songs so compelling.

"The Fallen Arises," at 2'59," (you can guess the plot element by the song title) is a soundscape mostly, keyboards, choir--altogether mellow and a pleasant enough decompression from the intensity of the previous four songs.

"The Sinister Awakening," at 5'09", takes obvious delight in blistering off the pleasant skin of semi-calm the last song provided. The first 90 seconds or so are "typical" Dimmu Borgir, although the production sounds better than ever, but even so, buried in the back of the mix are these glass-like whips of noise--subtle, but effective. At two minutes, the music shifts, the keyboards are cleverly buried in the mix, and the vocals are fed through various freaky effects to great effect, joined by the inevitable chanting choir of dark-spirit types. Around four minutes, another piano death metal ballad kicks in to keep things interesting, as the band slides toward the kind of super-grand, even sublime musical horizonscape they've been aiming to create for a long time. There is a lot of music out there that wants to sound like a lot of this song, but again, the devil's both in the details, and the variation of parts used to construct the songs.

"The Fundamental Alienation," at 5'17", starts off with cello, timpani, corrugated tin roof, and choir of dark spirits as a moody intro, once again quickly dispelled by the kind of wide-open sound that opened the album. One can really hear here how the keyboards have become excellently integrated into the music--far less does it seem like the keyboards are just floating over the music in a semi-campy invocation of all things dark and Gothy. Here, they effectively add to the mood. Around this point, the disc may be beginning to sound self-repetitious, and perhaps that's true, but there are numerous musical backward glances in this song that seem to be drawing together strands of the album's conceptual plot.

"The Invaluable Darkness," at 4'44", starts off loudly, and with shifting rhythms, as if to throw you off balance; the vocals and main riff also seem very start-stop at first, but then settle into a warp speed hammerfest, that avoids dullness largely through vocal variation, and an almost swing-feel to the guitars. The swing feel is brought out all the more by the distinctly melodic vocal chorus--it's hard not to see the guitars as paving the way for the chorus' vocals; yet another example of Dimmu Borgir outdoing themselves. At 3 minutes, another riff that feels like it is in an unusual time signature breaks up the straight ahead hammering for a bit, and then the swing-rhythm takes over again. You know the chorus is coming, but surprise, the song ends instead.

"The Foreshadowing Furnace," at 5'49", kicks off the last song with a clanging bell and an angry crowd (hellbent on burning our anti-hero at the stake), and then a foreshadowing bit of the main riff, which is a heavy, stomping thing with leaping chords (one of the more compelling ones on the disc), rather than the usual grinding. A series of quick changes follow, including a slow-down and an in-your-face vocal snarl, and then a big messy barrage of jagged guitar notes with the bass and drums grinding away underneath, lots of good howls and treated vocals ("I am from beyond your god"). At last, as expected, the opening riff returns, but one hardly minds; one's been waiting all song for it. Three croaking gasps, and then the sound of rushing flames closes out the disc.

An exceptionally listenable, varied, and above all committedly-accomplished album. It really seems as if Dimmu Borgir set out to make a point with this disc; perhaps to prove that no one else can approach the domain over which their dark castle rules. If so, they certainly seem to have succeeded.
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