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Norwegian symphonic Black Metal band Dimmu Borgir's debut album was first released on an underground-label called No-Colours in 1994 and was later re-released on Nuclear Blast in a Digipack with two tracks from the debut 7" EP, 'Inn I Evighetens Mørke', also originally from 1994.
All the lyrics on this album and EP are in Norwegian, something I think is quite cool. They seem to be fairly fantasy inspired lyrics in a medieval setting with a twisted satanic twist. What's not so cool is Shagrath's bad excuse for not including the lyrics in the booklet, -because they couldn't be translated! They are not even included in Norwegian, so it's very hard to comment on them.
I've heard people saying there's nothing remarkable about this album, that it's just another Norwegian Black Metal album. It might not be a masterpiece, but I defiitely think this album has an atmosphere and identity of its own. It's medium to slow paced Black Metal dominated by atmospheric synths and melodic guitar riffs. When elements like acoustic guitar, and synthesizer flute joins in, it just feels more outstanding, and let us not forget the beautiful piano leads. One has to remember that this was one of the very early Black Metal albums to utilize synthesizers, one of the first steps towards symphonic black metal.
The vocal-range varies from traditional black metal screeching to spoken vocal parts, and there is even a track with a guest vocalist singing in a clear voice, and slightly out of tune may I add...
'For All Tid' is perhaps a bit melancholy and somewhat elegic, but it is still grim, and I really like it. My only complaint would have to be the production as well as the lyrics not being included in the booklet. This is a beautiful, sad, emotional and grim record. You should be able to find it quite cheap, so why not?
This age-old release from Dimmu Borgir shows a much different, and in my opinion far more impressive side of the band than their more well-known later releases. Embracing the nostalgic Norwegian folk approach of early black metal, this is heavily atmospheric and melodic black metal that primarily suffers from a permeating amateurishness, a far cry from the heavily processed industrial metal the band would later produce to surprising success.
Stian Aarstad is the key player here... um, literally. His keyboard and piano works underpins everything, and exudes a historical atmosphere aided by the album artwork. The guitars are standard black metal fare, heavy on the warbling treble and memorable without being complex, and the dirty production sound is always a real bonus for albums such as this.
Like Ancient and Arcturus around the same time, Dimmu Borgir gave black metal a melodic slant that I always find favourable, and there are numerous melodic breaks that work to great effect, including the use of synthesised flutes in 'Stien.' It's only Silenoz's slightly grating nasal vocals that stand out as vastly needing improvement.
1. Det Nye Riket
2. Under Korpens Vinger
3. Over Bleknede Blåner Til Dommedag
6. For All Tid
7. Hunnerkongens Sorgsvarte Ferd Over Steppene
8. Raabjørn Speiler Draugheimens Skodde
9. Den Gjemte Sannhets Hersker
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Pet Nye Riket
2 Under Korpeng Vinger
3 Over Bleknede Blaner Til Dommedag
6 For All Tids
7 Hunnerkongens Sorgsvarte Ferd Over Steppene
8 Raabjorn Speiler Draugheimens Skodde
9 Den Gjemte Sannhets Hersker
10 Inn I Evighetens Morke
11 Inn I Evighetens Morke