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Release date: 2001
Style: Symphonic black metal


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Disc I
01. Fear And Wonder
02. Blessings Upon The Throne Of Tyranny
03. Kings Of The Carnival Creation
04. Hybrid Stigmata - The Apostasy
05. Architecture Of A Genocidal Nature
06. Puritania
07. IndoctriNation
08. The Maelstrom Mephisto
09. Absolute Sole Right
10. Sympozium
11. Perfection Or Vanity

Disc II [Korean Edition bonus]
01. Devil's Path [re-recorded version]
02. Burn In Hell [Twisted Sister cover]

Lyrics (13)

Stian Tomt Thoresen - vocals, synthesizers
Øyvind Johan Mustaparta - synthesizers, samples
Thomas Rune Andersen Orre - guitars
Sven Atle Kopperud - guitars
Nicholas Howard Barker - drums, percussion
Simen Hestnæs - bass, vocals

The Gothenberg Opera Orchestra

Additional info
Produced by Dimmu Borgir and Fredrik Nordstrom.

Guest review by

The first time I listened to this album I was a little shocked - the sound has changed in many ways compared to the Spiritual Black Dimensions album. It's not necessarily a bad thing, but compaired to the other albums this one is just not as strong... This time more symphonic elements added, which made the album more melodic and less 'black'. For all the true black metal fans out there this album would probably find it quite disappointing. That's the same thing that happened after Cradle of Filth's "Midian".

published 16.09.2003 | Comments (23)

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Astorethein - 14.05.2010 at 13:01  
Rating: 10 One of the greatest metal albums in the world. Its magical ambience enchants me over and over again. The synths and orchestrations are probably the most stylish in the band's history. Also the other parts and elements, including riffs, melodies, raw and clean vocals, structure of the songs etc, are extremely magnificent.
Uirapuru - 15.08.2010 at 07:55  
Rating: 7 Very good. Dimmu in its golden years.
Io - 04.06.2011 at 20:26  
  Kings Of The Carnival Creation is my favorite song.
AXA - 24.07.2011 at 10:48  
Rating: 10 Amazing album ,,,,
my beast album for all time
great nice music and shagrath had amazing voice in this album \../
SatyriconChick - 24.08.2011 at 01:14  
Rating: 10
Written by Guest on 04.06.2011 at 20:26

Kings Of The Carnival Creation is my favorite song.

Ditto. It's an amazing song that just has every single element you could possibly want. The entire album is awesome.
musicalkaratekid - 29.01.2012 at 18:23  
Rating: 9 This album is as epic as epic can be, and even if that's what dimmu borgir are known for, they still do it in their own way. This album is enough to make me want to see them at this years bloodstock all the more. Excellent album.
Stunning Cactus - 05.03.2015 at 19:45  
  Even if you don't like black metal in general, I'd recommend checking this out. It is truly a unique experience. I hear a lot of death metal in it, to be honest.

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