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Dimmu Borgir Part 5: Onward with Orchestration - 70%

Shadow0fDeath, September 7th, 2004

Dimmu Borgir's second EP, and 6th(?) release (excluding the live video), Godless Savage Garden, is the crossing point between the symphonic black metal of For All Tid, and Enthrone Darkness Triumphant. To the more traditional heavy metal sound. This hybrid is very reminding of the tracks i have heard on later releases such as Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia. With the traditional metal and semi clean vocals, to the typical weak snarls of shagrath on this release it is far dissapointing compared to their previous effort, Enthrone Darkness Triumphant.

The guitars are a lot more polished and technical in a traditional sense of thrash and old school metal. Not as symphonic black metal, excluding the opening song Chaos Without Prophecy, a track with heavy orchestration and more black metal feeling to it than the rest of the EP.

Speaking of Orchestration it was quite beautiful on this album. Not as cheesy as other Dimmu Borgir releases, and expressed gloriously as the music starts to speak for itself on this album. Dimmu Borgir are definately pioneering and continuing to experiment as they progress back and forth and avoid the typical mistakes from StormblÄst.

The EP also includes 3 live tracks. I didn't care for them all. It was pretty out of place to include those on this EP. It's just annoying filler.

The most diverse track is Metal Heart. A pure traditional metal piece giving a more older feeling to metal on an album overflowing to the brim with typical symphonic black metal.

This release isn't that bad, but could have been a lot better. I dislike the attempts to add atmosphere using keyboards on this release, and feel dimmu borgir should throw in a new approach to their sound. It's nothing new for dimmu borgir, but alas a link to the next step in their musical evolution as the band begins to sound more established as compared to the first album, For all Tid. A very decent pick for a Dimmu Borgir fan!