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Release date: 24 September 2010
Style: Symphonic black metal


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01. Xibir
02. Born Treacherous
03. Gateways
04. Chess With The Abyss
05. Dimmu Borgir
06. Ritualist
07. The Demiurge Molecule
08. A Jewel Traced Through Coal
09. Renewal
10. Endings And Continuations
11. Gateways (Orchestral version) [Limited Edition/iTunes bonus]
12. The Demiurge Molecule (Orchestral version) [iTunes bonus]
13. Dimmu Borgir (Orchestral version) [bonus*]
14. Perfect Strangers [Deep Purple cover] [Hot Topic bonus]
15. D.M.D.R. [GGFH cover] [Hot Topic bonus]
+ Gateways [video] [Digipak/Hot Topic bonus]

Reviews (2)
Lyrics (11)

Additional info
*The Amazon mp3, Rhapsody, eMusic, Napster digital editions include the bonus track:
- Dimmu Borgir (Orchestral version) (05:35)

The Nuclear Blast USA digipak version includes the "Gateways" video clip and the bonus track:
- Dimmu Borgir (Orchestral version) (05:35)

The Nuclear Blast USA vinyl version includes a double gatefold black vinyl version (180 gram) with the bonus track:
- Dimmu Borgir (Orchestral version) (05:35)

The exclusive Hot Topic jewel-case version includes the "Gateways" video clip, and three bonus tracks:
- Perfect Strangers (Deep Purple cover) (04:01)
- D.M.D.R. (GGFH cover)
- Dimmu Borgir (Orchestral version) (05:35)

The Nuclear Blast USA's exclusive, limited-edition webstore version includes a deluxe metal ammo box (hand-numbered and limited to 350 copies) which includes:
- "Abrahadabra" North American deluxe cross digipak version with one bonus track
- Dimmu Borgir belt buckle
- Dimmu Borgir dog tags
- Poster flag
- Exclusive t-shirt

The Nuclear Blast Europe's exclusive, limited-edition webstore version includes:
Shagrath's mask which is embedded in a big replica of the album cover which includes
- A certificate
- A deluxe boxset Digipack with four bonus tracks
- Perfect Strangers (Deep Purple cover) (04:01)
- D.M.D.R. (GGFH cover)
- Gateways (Orchestral version) (5:43)
- Dimmu Borgir (Orchestral version) (05:35)
- Gateways (Enhanced video)

All European CD versions of the album are including the enhanced Gateways video

Produced by Dimmu Borgir
Drums, Shagrath's and Snowy's vocals were recorded with Daniel Bergstrand in Uppsala, Sweden
Guitars, bass and keyboards were recorded in Oslo, Norway with Russ Russell as the engineer
Mixed and mastered in England by Andy Sneap
Cover artwork by Joachim Luetke

Release dates: Germany - September 24; Rest of Europe - September 27; North America - October 12

Staff review by

Dimmu Borgir sucks. Dimmu Borgir are sellouts. Dimmu Borgir have a stupid image and idiotic videos. Dimmu Borgir kick members out with no explanation. Dimmu Borgir is only about squeezing cash from stupid kids who are naive enough to buy their albums. They suck, they suck, they suck!

If you believe that any of the above statements are true, you may as well stop reading now. This review will not take into consideration anything other than music. In other words, if you expect a biased review aimed against one of the most popular extreme bands, you'll be better off helping your father cut the lawn or doing dishes for your mum, because you won't find what you're looking for here.

published 23.09.2010 | Comments (131)

Guest review by

If you like Abrahadabra by Dimmu Borgir you can make two great mistakes like I did. Let me warn you! The first thing is listening to classical music like Mozart or Haydn. It won't take more than a single stroke to realize that all the so-called great orchestrations are simply nothing in comparison to the dead composers. The second big fail is listening to real and raw black metal. To quote the famous snake, if you do something of that, "your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." This album is neither anything of black metal nor of classical compositions.

published 28.01.2011 | Comments (22)

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Array - 09.12.2011 at 19:26  
Written by AngelofDeth on 09.12.2011 at 09:15

Your right i put the wrong trackname, my bad. i often listen to albums all at once, and dont see the track titles all the time. I meant the intro riff of "Demiurge Molecule"

And i do like some of their previous works particularly Enthrone Darkness, and Deathcult. and i actually did like this album at first listen. but after multiple i began to realize all its flaws. i understand why some would like it but this album is not for me.

Okey that I can understand, it isn't the most casual way to start a track, even though I think it more as a bridge than a some sort of intro. It leads to the next part (in that weird manner).

Okey dokey.
Array - 14.04.2012 at 20:07  

I still love this.

musicalkaratekid - 29.07.2012 at 01:15  
Rating: 5 With the exception of 'Gateways' and 'Dimmu Borgir', this album is just horribly generic and boring. I liked this album at first but now, having listened to it over and over again, it seems it hasn't aged that well at all. It would be better to listen to one of COF's latter albums, because at least they have a bit of 'feeling' in them. This sounds like DB's unwanted studio outtakes.
Tiago Rocha - 30.09.2012 at 00:12  
  The symphonic choir chants ended quite well in here, loved them. Good album overall.
God Alone - 30.09.2012 at 00:30  
Rating: 5 Two years have passed and it's still a confusing if not tedious experience for me. I keep listening to Xibir-Born Treacherous, Chess With The Abyss and the title-track; as for the rest, I just don't care.
Dark†SymphonY - 09.12.2012 at 22:13  
Rating: 7 Listened to this album all the way though, its got some great elements. But nothing has really connected with me and I just can't call this black metal.
RealEyes - 30.05.2013 at 19:03  
  This is not dimmu borgir anymore - this is an other wave style that tries to be something...but it is some kind of a fail. I thing I am gonna switch to shade empire.
Zaphod - 15.06.2013 at 15:05  
Laneth - 09.03.2014 at 22:51  
Written by Zaphod on 15.06.2013 at 15:05


Laneth - 09.03.2014 at 22:52  
  I listened to this album whilst trekking across the United States (I had a LOT of time to listen to stuff I'd overlooked) and this one kind of just slipped into the background and didn't come off as very interesting to me. The older the better in Dimmu Borgir's case.

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