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Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia
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Puritanical Euphoric Misanthro
Dimmu Borgir aren't fooling anyone who knows Emperor and Enslaved as to the true origins of its basic musical plan. Judging by the group's popularity, legitimacy doesn't really matter. In a field overrun by erratic innovators, Dimmu Borgir are a friendly face to fans who stumbled into the catacombs of black metal by way of Cradle of Filth's comical casino. So, as this gigantic gaggle of evil keyboard-wielding Yanni spawn increasingly represents the marketable side of Norwegian black metal, the more enormous and slick grows their sound. With significant melodic classical influence and lots of five-dollar words, the digital jesters construct huge plastic cathedral-sized heavy metal dance halls for the purpose of desecrating virtual-reality saints. Goons gurgle, hounds howl, fret boards flutter furiously, choirs complain to the heavens, and tiny gateways to Hades blink open and shut. It's all devilishly dirty, and in the end nobody gets hurt. --Ian Christe
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The entire album is characterized by good production, amazing drumming, very melodic effective keyboards and aggressive guitar. Some of the riffs and blast beats are maniacal in their intensity. The very occasional clean vocal adds to the emotion.
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 ›
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.
I do consider this album black metal. Some don't, because it is mainstream. I find that idiotic. But whether it is black metal or not, if you lik extreme music, you should at least give this album a listen. The beginning track, "Fear & Wonder", might throw you off if you've never heard Dimmu before, but as soon as "Blessing Upon the Throne of Tyranny" kicks in, the peace and quiet of "F&W" is shattered. Your listening experience has begun.
The musicianship on this album is flawless. Shagrath's vocals are some of the best I've heard in the genre. Galder is by far the best lead guitarist the band ever had, and he creates some amazing and catchy riffs. Silenoz is as good as ever with his rhythm guitar and the lyrics are still full of complicated words that you actually have to LOOK UP to understand. Vortex is a better bassist than Nagash (I do have a lot of respect for Nagash, especially for his band, Kovenant) and creates solid, yet complicated basslines. His clean vocals are very scare; he probably sings a maximum of 12 verses through the entire record, but his voice is mesmorizing and unique. Mustis is back again, who, like Galder, is better at playing his instrument than any previous member. A lot of this album's melodic parts are done with the orchastra, but you can still hear the keyboards, and Mustis does all the orchastra parts on his keyboards when the band plays live. And finally, another new addition: Nick Barker, who I regard as one of the best metal drummers ever.Read more ›
1. If you try dissing Dimmu, try to read up on musical theory before embarrassing yourself. I've seen some reviews here complaining aobut certain elements in their music- keyboards, the pounding drums, etc. Guess what? It follows musical theory better than [almost] any other black metal band. And if you can't handle their keyboards, go suck on a pacifier, you big baby....
2. For those who think Dimmu's soooooooooo commercial, I've got some news for you- they're not. Do you see them making twenty five music videos like little nu-metal hosers? No. Do you see little kids walking around with Dimmu shirts and albums? No. Stop calling them commercial and just listen to their music, THAT's what's important.
3. Some people have claimed these guys aren't black metal for the dumbest of reasons. Shut up! Wow, they use a keyboard, you'd better go crap yourself. I guess those people must be afraid of decently written music or something......grow up......
Now, onto the album itself.
PEM's awesome. Good song structure, image following lyrics, and Shagrath. The instrumental talent these guys possess doesn't match up to Children of Bodom (what does), but it's all good. They get their point across. Vortex or whoever did the clean singing was wonderful- he knows how to sing better than any male artist I've known, and truly sings from the heart. Purely awesome, even if he rarely sings throughout the whole thing.
Song-wise, this album has some gems. Puritania, for example. Lovely combo of black and industrial metal, with some good vocals. Every song is written to its potential instrumentally, I can't imagine them being much different. However, as with all black metal bands, this album needs work lyrically.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
My favourite album of all time. So much power is written in these lyrics. Maelstorm mephisto is a must for any black metal loversPublished on May 17 2013 by Mike
The Sound quality was perfect, it was delivered in perfect condition, and as always, Dimmu borgir symphonic metal side is just awesome!Published on April 7 2013 by Brock Wilson
To whoever said the vocals were incomprehensible, thats METAL. If you don't like vocals that are hard to hear. Don't listen to metal.
I think this is a excellent album myself.
This album features Dimmu Borgir's new drummer, Nick Barker (the drummer from Cradle of Filth) and Galder from Old Mans Child. Read morePublished on June 27 2004 by Intellectual Metal Head
Gee, I know how speak proper english, but does the reviewer below know how to capitalize the first letter of each sentence? Read more
This is by far there best cd, with songs like Kings of the Carnival Creation all it will take is one listen of their cd and you will realize that their best work has been put into... Read morePublished on June 25 2004 by Jason_dimmufan
some reviewer wrote: I wonder how many of the positive reviewers below, knows Norwegian?
i wonder if you know how to speak proper english? anyways, dimmu borgir is crap. Read more