My precious companion, even thou cant see his face Salvation turned to bleed despair, compassion fled Sadistic delight flowed, like Hell burned brighter Existence woven into darkness, prudence did fall In Satan's beauty, life was found A flow of orgasmic fire, swept through the cosmic night I enthroned darkness triumphant, with the searing trident of the Inferno Gaze towards the Heavens, an you might catch a glimpse of Me A Succubus In Rapture Illness and plagues, torture and blight Is what she brings Mocking holy standards, deceiving feeble fools Is what she loves Granted with powers, gifted with magic Watching the world through raven eyes Damned woman mischievous whore Heretic princess Devil's own Her seductive elegance Excites your weak flesh Her diabolical beauty Enchants your bewildered mind You damn woman You mischievous whore You heretic princess You are Devil's own [performing an ecstatic dance:] A serenade made out of black magic She has learned to set souls afire And makes sure that you never Will leave it's trance Her diabolical beauty Enchants your bewildered mind Raabjorn Speiler Draugheimens Skodde Langt Google [Bot].
Mourning Palace I can blame it either on the part of the band's limited technical abilities or their incoherent vision regarding their desired objectives.
At the end of the listening experience, I am still wondering, just like many years ago, what they were trying to achieve, besides putting out an album. The first observation that a novice in Dimmu Borgir's discography may have is the limited time they had between the releases of Stormblast and Enthroned Darkness Triumphant , like never before or after, meaning one year.
One must question the reasons of the presumed rush and what were the effects of such a decision. Finally, the end result was the recording of 12 songs, two re-recordings in Norwegian one of them making it only on Godless Savage Garden MCD , one re-recording from Devil's Path , and the rest of them, novelties.
OK, having filled the context of the creation of EDT , I want to say something about the instrumental part. First, the rhythm section is very tight, with Tjodalv handling the drums with confidence, albeit with limited techniques. He compensated though, with creative fills and convincing percussion passages or military-like snare hits see tracks 4, 7 and 10, respectively.
The other half of the rhythm, the bass, is audible and has some interesting moments where it shines or at least is somewhat independent of the guitars, such as in track 1, 4 and 5. I think that, for a bassist, Relinquishment of Spirit and Flesh must be the highlight of the album.
In addition, some solos are provided by Shagrath, who is really not impressive with the strings, but his aim was to add some variety and consistency to the album. And while the end result was the one desired, it does not make the whole effort much better. I think they realized that, as far as their black metal edge was concerned, they reached their potential with Stormblast , so they compensated their lack of dexterity and vision with their versatility and open-minded musical tastes.
I left the keyboards and the vocals last and will treat them in the same paragraph, because they have one huge thing in common: they are filled with cheap effects which kind of puts me off. Tracks 1, 3, 9 and 10 are quite dominated by the piano passages, reminding of some power, speed and gothic metal, while more tracks some just mentioned are suffocated by cheap choirs, which can remind some of the newer listeners of Stormblast MMV , but with shittier keyboard effects and compositions I guess we all know who really took care of the 'choirs' on the record, do we now?
I guess I can only admire Shagrath's ambitions, even if he chewed more than he could bit at that time. There are two points I want to enforce: first, it is more developed and personal than Stormblast was, by taking into account the incorporation of the members' musical tastes in a Second, I don't see it as a masterpiece, since Emperor was the first second-wave black metal band which deviated from the purer form of the genre, and Dissection and their similar sounding peers were experimenting quite a bit with Iron Maiden type of melodies.
It is a very flawed album, with limited vision and coherence, with limited budget concerning the keyboard and vocal effects, and not to mention the skills of the players, beginning with Tjodalv and ending with Shagrath and Silenoz. The sound on this album is amazing. The mixing and production is perfect. They aren't the first to use this setup, but it lends itself perfectly to the music.
The drum kit was a Pearl Masters set, which has excellent tone and gives the music so much power. Double bass is used to add to the atmosphere, and blast beats are played, with awesome accents on the cymbals in ''Mourning Palace'' for example.
The keyboards are also very good on this album. All of this comes together to create an unforgettable, incredibly powerful atmosphere. The lyrics are Satanic, yes. They definitely suit the music. Personally I like the lyrics for ''Entrance'' and ''Prudence's Fall'' the most.
The lyrics for ''Spellbound By the Devil '' are probably the weakest. Shagrath's unique sounding vocals are deeper on this album than they are on the Devil's Path EP. Effects are used in most of the songs to turn his voice into a deep growl. The screamed vocals are also really powerful sounding, especially in the parts where they have recorded two vocal tracks in ''Mourning Palace'' - "Feel the gloom of restless spirits, hear the screams from the Mourning Palace".
I think this album is where Shagrath's vocals are at their best, his style changed a lot for Spiritual Black Dimensions and albums after that. This album was engineered by Peter Tagtgren Hypocrisy , and the outcome is a very strong and polished sound. Melodies are everywhere on this album, and the shredding black metal parts show up all the time as well - both really high quality, just about as good as it can get.
In fact, this is one of my favourite black metal albums ever. I must also mention the very dark and well done digipak artwork. One thing that could have been better, however, is that Dimmu Borgir could have attempted to link their epic sound to tracks of a more epic length the average length is about 5 minutes.
Still, Enthrone Darkness Triumphant is an album created in the depths of Hell. It doesn't have a raw sound, however, but has left us with a very good taste. Without a doubt, one of the best black metal albums in the genre's history. In the first phase of their career, Dimmu Borgir released two incredibly suggestive albums, combining melodic black metal with atmospheric, folkish, medieval and symphonic elements.
After the second album, something changed: they signed with Nuclear Blast, whose popularity was growing right in that period. An outstanding event for a Norwegian black metal band! So, did it affect their sound? The first noticeable thing is undoubtedly the improvement of the production in comparison to the previous two albums.
Then, what about the music? Well, it has changed a lot. This album, contrariwise, sounds more in line with the common symphonic black metal standards of that period.
The band, at that time, had still many interesting ideas to deliver and, particularly, had a defined and personal idea about the symphonic side of a black metal album. Over a quite catchy heavy metal riff, Stian builds up some beautiful piano lines, definitely inspired by classical music, and creates an AWESOME symphonic interlude at Really, try to resist to that majestic melody.
Are you asking for some more black metal? In terms of riffage, as expectable, the Emperor influences are clear. This success has been obviously deserved, but it has represented also the beginning of the end.
A very fine taste of lates extreme metal. From the dark and atmospherically brooding works of For All Tid and Stormblast, Enthrone Darkness Triumphant focuses on a much more keyboard centered layout with a higher focus on percussive riffs, thus giving the music a heavier, more rhythmic approach than what the band explored before. The most noticeable change between Enthrone and the fantastic Stormblast is the use of keyboards.
Whereas Stormblast made heavy use of them, they never once lead the music and were utilized more for atmosphere. Despite the increased keyboard presence the music never once reaches the same bombastic heights as the band has become known for. At times the rest of the music comes to a halt allowing the keyboards to play on their own. The guitar tone is much brighter than Stormblast, having a more polished and well rounded edge to them although they still retain a fuzzy edge to them.
The guitars are kept mainly to simple albeit catchy melodies to compliment the washes of keyboards. They never play anything outwardly complex and some of the melodies get repeated a fair bit, they work really well with their simplistic nature and give the album a very organic and natural feel. Each song compliments the song that came before and none of the transitions between keyboard sections to more traditional, black metal inspired sections never feel rough or forced.
In general the music is quite light and airy, easily the bands most accessible release. The song Entrance makes great use of keyboards where the winding ethereal melodies work well in unison with the percussive guitars. Atmosphere might not be something Dimmu Borgir are known for, but I feel I have to point this out; Enthrone Darkness Triumphant is a very atmospheric, even dreamy album that captures the mystic essence of black metal incredibly well.
It perfectly mixes the atmospherically brooding nature of the bands early days with a more refined symphonic approach akin to their later works. From this album they stop sounding like true black metal and become more heavy. Of course, this kills the feeling of sorrow and darkness, but the atmosphere is still there - it's just has a different package. And most of the songs off this album range from enjoyable to masterpieces, as we shall see.
The album opens with Mourning Palace, whose string intro was written by Stian Aarstad. But just as you find yourself enjoying this little piece, the guitars burst in, this time with a heaviness which you wouldn't expect from a band like Dimmu Borgir if you've heard their previous 2 releases first.
This song is a fan favorite and found its way through all of this band's live setlists. And on its own right! The guitar riffs are catchy, the keyboard sounds variate from strings and choirs to clever pianos, the drumming is sure to make your head bang faster than a paint mixer and the vocals are fantastic as always this time Shagrath is performing the vocals with the band's new bassist, Nagash, as backing vocalist.
Spellbound By the Devil begins with a creepy choir intro which becomes more melodic when the rest of the instruments kick in. Shagrath and Nagash do some terrifying screams in this song, all while the songs progresses. The keyboard offers us some good atmosphere with the church organ in the middle and the bell riff at the ending. And to make it more awesome, they added a guitar solo to follow the bell riff. Pretty clever, I must say. In Death's Embrace is one of my top favorite Dimmu songs, as it features everything that made me love old Dimmu in this fresh high quality recording.
It has a fast-paced piano intro, with almost thrash-like guitars and drums. Then Shagrath and Nagash do some amazing shrieking, and afterwards a slower piano follows. The guitars are pretty distorted in this song, but this makes them more enjoyable. In the middle of the song we have an orchestral string riff which is soon followed by the rest of the instruments and the vocals.
Then the slow piano part repeats once more, having the vocals follow, and afterwards the real exciting part of the song comes. Once the solo finishes, all the instruments stop for a few seconds, only to have the cymbals announcing us that the madness has not ended. Then they repeat the first riffs of the song with Shagrath and Nagash concluding the epic battle between heaven and hell with hell's victory and the proclamation: "We are forever captured by the embrace of Death!
This is truly one of the best songs off the album, and should have been played more in my opinion! Relinquishment of Spirit and Flesh is one of the lesser songs of the album. It has some choir riffs here and there, some shrieking from Shagrath and Nagash, and of course heavy guitar riffing. Sadly, since this song doesn't have much catchiness, I can't comment much on it. The Night Masquerade begins with tremolo picked guitars and synthesized choirs trying to create a nightly atmosphere, thing at which they succeed perfectly.
Silenoz even stated in interviews that this song was supposed to be on Stormblast, but it never reached that album. A pity, in my opinion, but it's still awesome. Its ending features female vocals asking a 'beast' to bring them to a realm of lust, sex and sodomy, and Shagrath replying with demonic growls "Blood is life, and it shall be ours! Pretty creepy, in my opinion. Tormentor of Christian Souls is a true mix of melody and brutality. Starting with a haunting choir, continuing with a brutal guitar, then with even more choirs, this song is sure to make you headbang or scream loud along with the blasphemic lyrics.
There is even an awesome fast-paced piano near the end of the song. Good way to add more melody, I must say. Entrance is where the album continues the melodic part which started with its first 3 songs. This song begins with a choir intro and then the rest of it consists of really catchy bell melodies. The tempo is rather slow, compared to the other songs. But everything fits in very well, and if it were not for the blast beats, this song might have been a black metal ballad.
However, another track off this album is the ballad, and an amazing one, as you'll see when we reach it. Master of Disharmony is a re-recording off the band's Devil's Path EP, this time without the ambient intro and with much more heaviness added.
The song begins with Shagrath's and Nagash's screams, heaviness, speed and chaos all over, and then continuing with Shagrath reciting his prayer to the Master of Disharmony, and we all know who that is. The only notable things off this song might be the choirs, some of Shagrath's vocals and of course the guitar solo. But that's all I can say about this song. Prudence's Fall begins pretty much like In Death's Embrace, with fast-paced pianos.
This song is melodic like hell, the pianos being as catchy as in the 3rd track. Another interesting thing might be the fact that the lyrics make this song the title track of the album. They speak about Lucifer's fall from heaven and add to it some spiritual mysticism and a little elegant satanic flair.
And quite opposed to the intro, the ending is pretty slow-paced, the piano adding more emotion and atmosphere than ever. And now, ladies and gentlemen, we have reached the ballad of the album and one of the best Dimmu songs of all time.
I bring you A Succubus in Rapture! This song by far is one of the most different Dimmu songs of all time, and I will show you why. First of all, the lyrics are not satanic, like the rest of the album was. They speak about a man being entranced by the spell of a succubus and consequently making love to her until he dies. The pianos are atmospheric and romantic the same time, adding even more elegance than on Prudence's Fall.
The drumming is pretty slow, but this fits the song's atmosphere. The guitars at first do not seem as an important element, but near the middle of the song they show what they're capable of, coming up with a beautiful melodic riff. After that, they stop and leave room for the piano, drums, bass and rather clean vocals of Shagrath to prove to us that they're still alive.
Then the song repeats some riffs and at is where utter perfection begins. A slow piano plays a romantic song and is then joined by the guitars which play an even deeper and romantic riff.
And this was just the prelude for the real awesomeness: the guitar solo! No words can describe its beauty and awesomeness, it's something that is sure to get stuck in your head after you hear it. And once the 1 minute guitar solo ends, the song slowly fades away as the guitars repeat the riff from the middle and Shagrath attempts one last shriek, saying: "Her diabolical beauty enchants your bewildered mind!
Sadistic delight flowed, like Hell burned brighter Existence woven into darkness, prudence did fall In Satan's beauty, life was found A flow of orgasmic fire, swept through the cosmic night I enthroned darkness triumphant, with the searing trident of the Inferno Gaze towards the Heavens, an you might catch a glimpse of Me A Succubus In Rapture Illness and plagues, torture and blight Is what she brings Mocking holy standards, deceiving feeble fools Is what she loves Granted with powers, gifted with magic Watching the world through raven eyes Damned woman mischievous whore Heretic princess Devil's own Her seductive elegance Excites your weak flesh Her diabolical beauty Enchants your bewildered mind You damn woman You mischievous whore You heretic princess You are Devil's own [performing an ecstatic dance:] A serenade made out of black magic She has learned to set souls afire And makes sure that you never Will leave it's trance Her diabolical beauty Enchants your bewildered mind Thanks to CTMacKay for correcting track 4 lyrics.
Thanks to satana, electrik-cafe for correcting track 6 lyrics. Thanks to thulnar for correcting track 7 lyrics. Thanks to kiriesoff for correcting track 11 lyrics. The success of the offering is probably due to two facts: the band's signing to metal powerhouse label Nuclear Blast and the decision to write their lyrics in English, the universal language of metal.
Having Peter Tagtgren man the recording console wasn't a bad decision, either. The producer assisted Dimmu Borgir in creating the most crushing sound of their career.
It's difficult to pick standout cuts from Enthrone Darkness Triumphant , as each song is as brutal and musical as the next. The intensity simply never lets up on this release. Fans of Dimmu Borgir and black metal in general are highly encouraged to obtain a copy of this seminal record at the earliest opportunity.
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