Sound — 10
It is about time I reviewed this cd. Why? Cause I've practically listened to it on repeat since I bought it several months ago. Growing up in a Christian home (yet I myself am not so much that anymore) I was semi-weary about picking this up because of the standard "Satanist" symbol on the front, and concidering the fact that I tend to watch out for little kids who will be around me (and more importantly my car). To my surprise, this album is really good. Concidering the "satanic" themes they are really not too bad at all, to say the least. Sure, it's a different perspective; but there's nothing wrong with that right? Anyways, Dimmu's sound on this album is awesome. it's perfect actually. The keyboards and orchestration are beautifully arranges, as well as the guitars and drums (double bass at times! ). Shagrath has amazingly interesting vocals that go between screeching, squealing, yelling, etc. He sounds kind of like he's inhaled and is trying to talk without breathing. it's cool. I enjoy how their arrangements are very heavy metal, but they also have classical components. It makes the band more interesting than your average band.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics are pretty good. Prognies of the Great Apocolypse has the best lyrics, as they seem to coincide more with real satanism. At times the lyrics are kind of corny, but the corniness doesn't really prevail ever on this album. Shagraths growling coincides great with the lyrics, and Vortex (the bassist/operaic singer) provides amazing singing sections when he is involved (though this is rare on this album). His voice is stunning to say the least and counteracts Shagraths screaming very well.
Overall Impression — 10
When I think of Dimmu Borgir I like to think of their music like this: Even if they have a mediocre song here or there, those mediocre songs are still more amazing than your average pop-rock song. What I am getting at is that, even bad Dimmu Borgir is still pretty good. However; this album is great. I love the whole album, everything about it. I would probably buy it again eventually if I lost it.