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
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”?
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.