Dimmu Borgir
Stormblåst (re-recorded version)
Release date: November 7th 2005
Nuclear Blast
VME Denmark
Black Metal refurbished
Rating: 89/100
Reviewed by:
Thomas Nielsen
December '05

“Stormblåst”, the original, I mean, was something special when it came out in 1996. No, it wasn’t great art in any way, but it was a premonition of what was to follow one year later, namely the seminal “Enthrone Darkness Triumphant” which was a giant step for black metal towards being accessible to the masses along with the kindred spirits in England , Cradle of Filth.

The thought of a band re-recording their own past efforts was always a bit dubious, mostly because I think a band should think ahead rather than backwards. I know that Suicidal Tendencies did it with some success and that Anthrax had fun doing the same, but wouldn’t it be better to come up with new stuff instead of going “ehm, technology improved so much and we are so much better musicians now so we want another try”?  

Regardless, if you want to know if the re-recording sounds better than the original, then yes, it does. Does it sound like a different album altogether? Yeah, that too. The Dimmu boys ARE better musicians than they were back then and they have no problem showing it.