literally blown away by this one. As Dimmu
Borgir has put out one good, albeit predictable,
album after another I have come to expect a certain quality. High quality
recording, fairly inspired songs, a load of the strangely popular string of
finely tuned, well-orchestrated black metal. This is what you get with Abrahadabra...
That and a whole lot more!
From start till end this album just gets better and more
diverse. Whatever musical toolbox Dimmu
Borgir is dragging around must be huge and
heavy, just like this album. Huge and heavy as Hell!
album they actually went full out, and hired a classical ensemble. And not some
rusty cello trio from the outskirts of nowhere. No, they took on the Norwegian
Radio Orchestra AND the Schola
Cantorum (who won the Tolosa competition
in 2005!) - adding more than 100 extremely talented and professional musicians
to the outfit. The effect on the normally keyboard-driven Dimmu
Borgir is astounding! The sinister grotesque
beauty of this unholy combination of classical brilliance and modern power
chords and blast beats (not to mention the growling) actually bring tears to my
Dimmu Borgir even
topped it, with the addition of shamanistic throat singing, spoken word, female
vocal solos, distorted screams and pure male vocals. Imagine that mixed in with
blaring doomsday trumpets, pounding timpani, acoustic guitars and soft
violins... The result is nothing short of majestic.
parts are oddly linked to power bands like Rhapsody of Fire and Avantasia,
though still dark and heavy as pure Modern Black Metal should be. The album also
holds true to Dimmu
Borgirs trademark ill-contained anger, aggression and alienation towards
the human race.
are manic electric storms, caught in a cage of insanely timed blast-beats.
Bloody fucking hell, this is awesome!
The label "Symphonic Black Metal" does not even begin to cover this musical
hybrid - this is something new...