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One of the best Borgir releases - 73%

Scizzgoth, January 22nd, 2006

It is only the job of poseurs to look down on the work of a band and call it names because of a certain sound, that at it's time was very original and inspiring; regardless of how certain circles within the black metal thought of it.

Dimmu Borgir are one of the most talented bands around, and they have been producing good music for a long while. But while their good music now is simply based off formulas and has somewhat lost any of its feeling, there was a time back in Stormblast, Enthrone Darkness Triumhpant and Godless Savage Garden when Dimmu Borgir were doing something exceptionally good.

I don't want to get into the unnecessary details. You know what to expect in terms of execution. This is very technical, well played and produced melodic/majestic black metal, like their good old sound was. So I will instead focus on the song-writing and the atmosphere which is what makes this one of their best releases, and possible one of the best genre by far.

The best thing about this release is that it manages to combine a fairly interesting rock n roll sound (in terms of riff work and the approach to the guitars) with what already established as "their" sound in Enthrone Darkness Triumphant. It manages to become a wonderful addition to their roster, that was almost immaculate at the time, without being repetitive. Moonchild Domain is going to remind of Rotting Christ's mid-era, and off course Enthrone Darkness Triumhpant. Hunnerkogen, when played again, becomes one of their best songs ever, with a distinct Satyricon feeling, amazing vocal work and some of the most headcrushing riffs. The rest of the songs follow in either category, with some of the best leads and solos, a very distinct Arcturus alike feeling and lots of moments to make you bang your head around.

Even if you don't like Dimmu Borgir, based on their recent sound, or you are stuck to their earlier Stormblast manifestations, you should still check out this EP. In the very end, even if you end up hating it, you can still listen to a fantastic show execution of Stormblast and have your fix!