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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)

Stian Tomt Thoresen - vocals, keyboards, effects
Thomas Rune Andersen Orre - guitars
Sven Atle Kopperud - guitars

Additional musicians:
Geir Bratland - keyboard
Dariusz Brzozowski - drums
Tommie Snowy Mike Christer Shaw - bass, vocals
Agnete Kjølsrud - vocals
Kristoffer Rygg - vocals
Richard Wikstrand - slide guitar
Andy Sneap - guitars

Kringkastingsorkesteret conducted by Rune Halvorsen
Schola Cantorum Choir conducted by Rune Halvorsen

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 (129)

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 (23)

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Kylin - 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.
InsaneMetal - 28.10.2014 at 01:20  
Rating: 9
Written by InsaneMetal on 18.10.2010 at 18:02

Wow, I can't believe this piece of shi got such a good review. Really, sounds like shit to me.

Well I have never been so wrong. I've been listening to it quite a lot and I actually love it now. When I first listened to this I was thinking "oh fuck this Vortex and Mustis are not in the band anymore", probably the reason I hated it so much.
EnsiferumFan - 31.12.2014 at 14:19  
Rating: 7 The blonde b*tch at "Gateways" makes the whole album a mastersh*t!!!
Troy Killjoy - 31.12.2014 at 18:45  
  Are people still afraid to swear in forums?
M C Vice - 01.01.2015 at 02:16  
Rating: 7
Written by Troy Killjoy on 31.12.2014 at 18:45

Are people still afraid to swear in forums?

Shit scared.
Karlabos - 01.01.2015 at 02:56  
Rating: 4 ^ Fuck, you could be banned for that, dumbass

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