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Dimmu Borgir - Eonian

7.5 | 195 votes |
Release date: 4 May 2018
Style: Symphonic black metal


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01. The Unveiling
02. Interdimensional Summit
03. Ætheric
04. Council Of Wolves And Snakes
05. The Empyrean Phoenix
06. Lightbringer
07. I Am Sovereign
08. Archaic Correspondence
09. Alpha Aeon Omega
10. Rite Of Passage

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Cover art: Zbigniew M. Bielak

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This is just Nightwish with Emperor Palpatine on vocals.

published 01.05.2018 | Comments (54)

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06.05.2018 - 07:13
Rating: 7
Lord Slothrop
Nothing amazing, but a lot more solid than I thought it would be. I've only given it a couple of listens, so at this point it's difficult to say whether it'll get better or worse with time. Hopefully better.
06.05.2018 - 12:40
Rating: 6
Only fluff and no actual stuff. Sound complementing orchestrations now take main role in albums sound. Black metal is gone and only thing which remained is orchestral filler. It just sucks they decided to go this lazy and "safe" way. See you again in 10 years or whatever.
06.05.2018 - 13:30
The symphonics in Dimmu Borgir stopped feeling organic and complementary to other musical elements on In Sorte Diaboli. That album and everything afterwards has a forced use of symphonic elements; the choirs on Eonian are just extra layers, they give nothing in terms of atmosphere and how they are interwoven with the compositions. And with the overall gradual mellowing of the harsher, black metal elements, one is left with that overly-sugary-fluff sound. Pair it with the unexplicable insisting on black metal aesthetics (why is this a thing?), the overall result is below average. For what Dimmu used to represent, at least.

And as someone who has listened to Nightwish a fair bit, they do not sound like them, especially not on their recent releases. Nightwish always uses orchestra to complement their backbone sound, DB has stopped doing that a few albums ago. Say what you want about the style of music that Nightwish plays, but their use of symphonic elements has always been the best in the game (after old era Therion, at least). All of their albums after and including Once have a consistently meticulous, intelligent and uniform use of orchestra and choir. Helps that the same orchestra arranger (Pip Williams) and the same actual orchestra is present on all four of those albums. Also, all of Nightwish orchestra-only bonus discs can very much stand by themselves.

The cover art for Eonian is gorgeous, though, I'll give them that.
06.05.2018 - 23:44
Rating: 8

...the best symphonic metal of the year
07.05.2018 - 04:23
Rating: 9
I like Eonian.
07.05.2018 - 14:33
Rating: 7
It is almost the same as Abrahadabra, but with more symphonic elements and chorus performances. In general, it is obviously a lightening of the music with the idea of a wider audience probably.
I can not say I am delighted. I'm just going to get more to Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia, Enthrone Darkness Triumphant and In Sorte Diaboli instead of to Eonian.
08.05.2018 - 06:57
Rating: 8
Tony Teh Towel
This record focuses more on the symphonic parts than on being heavy. This is the lightest/most melodic I have ever heard this band at. It is still an impressive record at the end of the day.
08.05.2018 - 12:36
I will not rate this album right now, better listen to it some more times. So far so very average : most melodies are uninspired and keep repeating until the song ends, the cheesy keyboard kills everything and make it sound like a debut album and it seems that Shagrath has taken a part-time job with this release !
08.05.2018 - 13:23
Rating: 7
This used to be one of the few types of black metal I enjoyed. Because I found the symphonic stuff to make it easier to listen to. But the last couple of years I've grown more fond of black metal so I'm curious if I will like this one. Going to give this a try one of these days.
08.05.2018 - 17:30
Rating: 2
Extremely disappointing. We had to wait 8 years for this... thing. Poppy song structure. Riffs that blend together create songs that blend together. Incredebly cheesy arrangements and cliches. Boring, uninspired, I'm unable to listen to any song in its entirety despite multiple tries. They don't even have an orchestra to cover shit up this time. Orchestral arrangements sound plastic and cheap and they were probably made with a synth. What the hell happened to them?
10.05.2018 - 18:46
The album is good and bad. Equal to Judas Priest - Firepower. But at least they didn't released pure shits like maiden did with their book of creeps or slayer with their idiotic repentless. Those were safe albums
This was like
Hell, let's do something out of the box. Kinda like what Judas Priest did with Nostradamus with keyboards (that album is their best album in their history because of those amazing keyboards). However. I really really hope for Dimmu's next album to become more industrial. A Rammstein-ish sound. That would be incredibly perfect.
And black metal bands are Taake, Dark Funeral, Gorgoroth, Marduk, Hate, Belphegor. Dimmu never were black metal.
10.05.2018 - 22:07
Written by TheNordicGamer on 05.05.2018 at 21:29

Have splitted feelings about this album unfortunately, to me It basically sounds like what the boss battle music in the Dark Souls games would be if it went metal XD
Nevertheless it's a good album \m/

It's not even close to 'main menu track' from my beloved DS 3
And I see the blade fall down upon the head of lord in heaven
And Darkness falls upon the end of history
While I drink the milk of the Black Goddess and cry over the mankind

Black Moses is my name...
13.05.2018 - 13:33
Rating: 8
I'm changing my mind about this album, it's not that bad.
Дрекавац: Drummer of "Mold of Tree"
14.05.2018 - 05:05
Rating: 7
So, ever since hearing the first two singles, I was deeply disappointed and wasn't in any hurry to give this album a listen. But, it's been out for more than a week and I finally decided to listen to it, it's not nearly as awful as I thought it was going to be! The singles are still trash, but the rest of the album is pretty decent! It's the first time I've ever seen about choose the worst fucking songs to release as singles........I don't know, I still think I may prefer 'Abrahadabra' and they will never be able to ever top 'Enthrone Darkness Triumphant'......but this new record is actually kind of good, which is a relief.
What is the difference between the man who fools you from the pulpit, and the other man who fools you from the platform?
Both of them seek to obtain power over you - To rule your mind, control your property interests or labor power.
14.05.2018 - 11:51
Written by flammeimwind333 on 10.05.2018 at 18:46

And black metal bands are Taake, Dark Funeral, Gorgoroth, Marduk, Hate, Belphegor. Dimmu never were black metal.

Come on.
Now loving:
Tribulation - The Lament
Tribulation - Nightbound
Tribulation - Subterranea
Tribulation - The World
Tribulation - Here Be Dragons
14.05.2018 - 19:58
Rating: 7
After listening to it yesterday and again today, I feel like it's fine. Nothing that immediately grabbed my attention but also nothing that I really disliked. Now I'm not really familiar with the previous work of Dimmu Borgir so I can't really compare this album to it, but I can't really say I was blown away by this album. Occasionally there is a nice riff but not enough imo to really get engaged. Also I feel like there is maybe a bit of overreliance on the symphonic stuff. Symphonic elements can be a nice extra touch but it doesn't hide a lack of original riffs.

Overall it works better as background music for me rather than an album that I would sit down for and try to experience.
15.05.2018 - 01:10
This album is by no means that bad. It´s true that the symphonic elements are very strong, but still it´s a good effort. My first impression was that it sucked, but it got better after 3 or 4 listens. I like it more than Abrahadabra, actually, it´s quite darker. The score is probably between 7 or 8, I think.

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