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Review: Dimmu Borgir - Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia
Dimmu Borgir
www.dimmu-borgir.com
Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia

Label: Nuclear Blast
Year released: 2001
Duration: 57:50
Tracks: 11
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: April 10, 2001
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Readers Rating
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Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia

Rated 3.14/5 (62.81%) (57 Votes)
Review


Let me start by saying that I am not a big fan of death metal or black metal that has the majority of their songs dominated by a drummer that is trying to break the land speed record for most beats per minute. That being said I was a bit hesitant to purchase this album since I had quite a few people tell me that I would not like this band. I decided to take the plunge and give the album a shot and I just have to say that I am glad I did. This is not a band that play 2000 miles per hour and all the songs blend together. This band has a great variety in their songwriting and it is kind of hard to really classify their style. If I would have to make a choice I would have to say it is atmospheric melodic death metal that is keyboard driven.

The musicianship in this band is extremely impressive with the highlight for me being the unreal drumming of Nick Barker. Barker's drumming on this album is the best I have heard since Lombardo's work on "The Gathering". His ability to mix up the tempo throughout the confines of a single song and his cymbal work just blew me away. The songwriting is equally impressive with extremely varied songs that you can sit down and listen to and never find yourself hitting the skip button. As this is the first album I have purchased from Dimmu Borgir I don't know their real names outside of Nick Barker who I know through his work with Cradle Of Filth but the rest of the band is as follows: Shagroth on vocals and synthesizers, Silenoz and Galder on guitars, Mustis on synthesizers and samples and finally Vortex on bass and clean vocals. The clean vocals by Vortex are also a highlight of the album and I honestly believe the band would be better served by having more of the vocal work done by him rather than Shagroth. Shagroth's vocal style does start to wear a bit thin at times as it seems like he does not have a lot of range but for this style of music his voice is adequate.

Overall this is a very good album and if you like well written songs with a dark feel and musicianship that is far above average you will like this album.

Recommended.

Track by track


FEAR AND WONDER - 7.5
BLESSING UPON THE THRONE OF TYRANNY - 9.5
KINGS OF THE CARNIVAL CREATION - 9.5
HYBRID STIGMATA THE APOSTASY - 8.0
ARCHITECTURE OF A GENOCIDAL NATURE - 8.5
PURITANIA - 9.0
INDOCTRINATION - 8.5
THE MAELSTROM MEPHISTO - 8.0
ABSOLUTE SOLE RIGHT - 8.0
SYMPOZIUM - 9.5
PERFECTION OF VANITY - 7.0

Ratings


VOCALS - 7.0
VOCALS (CLEAN) - 8.5
GUITARS - 8.0
BASS - 7.5
KEYBOARDS - 8.5
DRUMS - 10++
PRODUCTION - 8.5

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