I'm not the biggest black metal fan out there, and even though they're blatantly satanic and I'm the exact opposite, I find myself liking Dimmu Borgir. This was my second album from the infamous Norwegian black metal juggernauts, and I must say it's quite enjoyable, but not perfect. As I stated in the title, I love the cover art, even though it is meant to be sacrilegious. But the thought of a pretty girl bound and strangled... to a sadist like me, there's something beautiful about such a situation that a non-sadistic mind could never understand! But now onto the album itself.
There's a lot of synthesizer on here, and sometimes that takes away from the heaviness, but also makes it more symphonic, almost cinematic at times. Shagrath's voice is very damning, and the fact that you can't understand what he's saying makes it easier for non-satanists to listen to without being offended. Of course, I wouldn't be offended anyway because those are their beliefs, but some more sensitive listeners might. So if that's what's keeping you away from Dimmu, then you might find some relief in knowing that, without the insert booklet, it won't really sound that bad to you. Drumming is good, but the guitar work is often drowned out by the synth (that also irritates me about Cradle of Filth). It's a good album, but I'd recommend Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia first, as it's heavier. Then, get yourself a copy of Stormblast. I don't have it, but my neighbor has it and I listened to his copy - good stuff!