By David Gilroy
If Frasier Crane were a metal fan then without doubt Dimmu Borgir would be his favourite group. The Norwegian metallers ninth album seems to go with the wisdom of “If less is more, how much more would more be?” beginning with an instrumental piece ‘Xibir’ which sounds like the soundtrack to an eighteen rated lord of the rings we get to the album proper with ‘Born Treacherous’ which combines guitars, choirs and orchestra to brilliant effect. Following this is ‘Gateways’ which follows the group’s tradition of Epic almost operatic songs with booming, growling from Lead singer Shagrath. Backing him up through each track is the Schola Cantorum choir and the Kringkastingsorkestret (the Norwegian Radio Orchestra). Such different musical styles as metal and orchestra should not work together but dimmu use the orchestra to complement their own style so well it’s a mystery that more groups don’t. ‘Chess with the Abyss’ recalls the track ‘Allegiance’ from Death Cult Armageddon with its symphonic moments intercut with thrashing guitars. The track ‘Dimmu Borgir’ is the group with the gloves off and fully embracing their epic side with soaring orchestral work that would not sound out of place in a Peter Jackson film. Dimmu Borgir is a group that does not do albums by half and this is proof positive of that and it shouldn’t be any other way. Roll on album ten.
Dimmu Borgir is:
Shagrath – (Lead Vocals, Keyboards, Effects), Silenoz – (Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals), Galder – (Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals), Daray – (Drums, Percussion).