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Death Cult Armageddon - Dimmu Borgir

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal / Artist: Dimmu Borgir / Audio CD released 2003-10-06 at Nuclear Blast

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      25.06.2008 21:52
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      Dimmu Borgir's sixth album (2003).

      Based on my appreciation for the orchestral elements of its predecessor 'Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia,' I could be expected to praise the even more symphonic 'Death Cult Armageddon,' but sadly this is an even weaker effort than the last one. It's interesting and commendable to see the band focus so squarely on this niche alongside the Gothenburg Orchestra, but the result is unfortunately bland and extremely repetitive, with very little in the way of stand-out moments. The metal elements are completely buried beneath an overblown symphony that sounds like the B-sides from Danny Elfman's 'Batman' soundtrack.

      The production job is much more balanced this time round, lending a less mechanical sound than before, and Nicholas Barker's drums now pound away impressively at the back rather than screaming for attention at the front. The downside is that the other rock instruments are placed on an even keel with the orchestra that ultimately dominates all, as guitar riffs and vocal lines supplement the strings and horns. Shagrath's rasping vocals are still the weakest point, growling away like an angry robot, and it's disappointing to hear the more impressive clean singing of ICS Vortex restricted to only a couple of songs. Overall, this is quite a dull mess.

      1. Allegiance
      2. Progenies of the Great Apocalypse
      3. Lepers Among Us
      4. Vredesbyrd
      5. For the World to Dictate Our Death
      6. Blood Hunger Doctrine
      7. Allehelgens Død I Helveds Rike
      8. Cataclysm Children
      9. Eradication Instincts Defined
      10. Unorthodox Manifesto
      11. Heavenly Perverse

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Allegiance
      2 Progenies of the Great Apocalypse
      3 Lepers Among Us
      4 Vredesbyrd
      5 For the World to Dictate Our Death
      6 Blood Hunger Doctrine
      7 Allehelgens Død I Helveds Rike
      8 Cataclysm Children
      9 Eradication Instincts Defined
      10 Unorthodox Manifesto
      11 Heavenly Perverse