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For All Tid - inspirational release. - 92%

Graveland84, July 8th, 2003

Although many of us are disappointed in the direction Dimmu Borgir have headed in recent years, it does not hide the fact that they once produced very inspirational music. In the opinions of many, this release is by far the best and upon listening and comparing it to later releases, it is not hard to see why people might think this.

The album opens up with a very atmospheric and sombre orchestral synth and piano piece which sets the mood for the rest of the album to follow. Indeed, the album is rich in melancholic emotion making it great to listen to if that's your thing. The morose atmosphere created by the guitar is forever being enhanced by the accompanying synth, which unlike some later Dimmu Borgir releases, is not overpowering (see especially Enthroned Darkness Triumphant where the keyboards often drown out some of the other instruments).

The album is also commendable because of the fact that the musicians were relatively young when they produced it.

Although most of the music on the album is relatively simple, it is effective and for my money I say go for what sounds good rather than trying to be technical. All in all a great release filled with emotional melodies, and despite the band's "selling out" in the last few years, this album remains is a great melancholic and inspirational album. 92%.

Best tracks: 3. Over Bleknede Blåner Till Dommedag, 5. Glittertind, 7. Hunnerkongens Sorgsvarte Ferd Over Steppene, 8. Raabjørn Speiler Draugheimens Skodde.


Graveland84