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The beginning - 93%

cataclysm_child, February 9th, 2007

This was the first release from Dimmu Borgir and maybe it's their best until now. What Dimmu shows here on this album is a lot different than on their following albums. Even Stormblast is much different. The thing that makes this album so great is the melodic volkish aspect, which you can compare to the sound of Satyricon those days. The guitar riffs are, so to say, very simple and basic, but that isn't abnormal for black metal, and also are the drums.

Three other things that are different from their later albums are the vocals, the keyboards and the amount of lyrics. The vocals are done by Silenoz instead of Shagrath (just like on Stormblast) and are lot better. Silenoz has a more raw and less nasal voice than Shagrath, so I can't understand why Shagrath replaced him as a singer later on. The keyboards are less prominent than nowadays. On For All Tid they seem to have chosen the parts where keyboards fit very well, when on their latest albums you here keyboards from the beginning until the end. And what about the lyrics? The musical aspect on For All Tid seems to count more than the textual aspect. For instance on Death Cult Armageddon or Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia the songs are packes with text, which makes it sometimes irritating. But here, and also on Stormblast and Enthrone Darkness Triumphant, the text is less important.

It's a pity that Dimmu didn't use this sound anymore after Stormblast, because than maybe when they would have done, they wouldn't have the modern "poser" image they have now. This album is a great epic album and a milestone for the melodic black metal. Highlights are: Under Korpens Vinger, For All Tid, Raabjorn Speiler Draugheimens Skodde and Inn I Evighetens Morke.