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Dimmu Borgir - Stormblåst

8.1 | 537 votes |
Release date: 1996
Style: Black metal, Symphonic black metal


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01. Alt Lys Er Svunnet Hen
02. Broderskapets Ring
03. Når Sjelen Hentes Til Helvete
04. Sorgens Kammer
05. Da Den Kristne Satte Livet Til
06. Stormblåst
07. Dødsferd
08. Antikrist
09. Vinder Fra En Ensom Grav
10. Guds Fortapelse - Åpenbaring Av Dommedag

Stian Tomt "Shagrath" Thoresen - lead guitar, vocals
Stian Aarstad - synths, piano
Sven Atle "Silenoz" Kopperud - rhythm guitar, vocals
Kenneth "Tjodalv" Åkesson - drums, percussion
Ivar "Brynjard Tristan" Tristan Lundsten - bass

Guest review by
There is quite a mystique involving Dimmu Borgir's second full-length release; a predisposition to accept the album as a rare lost jewel, shaped by the condemnation of the band's posterior inclination. And although Stormblåst does represent one the finest works of the Norwegian group, it remains far from the bleak classic act expected by many. The truth is, underneath all the production arrangements highly devoted to the atmosphere, all cheesy elements that illustrate Dimmu's new direction are present.

published 05.10.2010 | Comments (10)

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Stormblåst is definetely one of the greatest black metal releases to date. Dimmu Borgir have never released anything else like this. It is the end of the old cold true Norwegian black metal style this band still claims to play. Stormblåst was re-recorded nine years later and that became one of the biggest fails in extreme metal history. The band claimed that in the 1996 version there was the atmosphere missing because of the sloppy production. This leads directly to the question, whether Dimmu Borgir have ever listened to their second album in a silent hour and felt the unique atmosphere they created. This record might be poorly produced, but if there is anything positive about it, it is the atmosphere. The production can also be seen as well fitting to the raw and frostbitten music.

published 08.01.2011 | Comments (2)

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Well, this is the second album of Dimmu Borgir, released in 1996. Musically, this record is a huge step forward, and it seems they worked on their ideas in a proper way.

The album starts with an adapted version of "Sacred Hour" by Magnum and goes on with some melodic ideas that are really catchy. "Broderskapets Ring" is the second one, and is the best track of this album in my opinion: heavy riffs, nice synth, and above all these gloomy and atmospheric clean vocals that really suit the track. What's more, if "Sorgens Kammer" is not the best piano track of metal history then it definitely is among the top three. This adapted version was taken from a track from the Amiga game called "Agony"; what is surprising about this track is when you listen to the original version, it has a melancholic cold mood which has completely moved to "Sorgens Kammer" as well.

published 02.06.2020 | Comments (1)

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09.12.2010 - 16:32

Maybe one of best album of black metal in 1990's .....Listen to it...
"Cross is only an iron,hope is just an illusion,freedom is nothing but a name..."
"Build your walls of the dead stone...Build your roofs of a dead wood..Build your dreams of a dead thoughts"
02.03.2012 - 19:08
Rating: 8

Not a bad album to be honest, and you can see quite clearly the direction the band were going in, had you listened to this album upon its release. More in favour of symphonic material than their debut, but still firmly rooted in the soundscapes of early 90's black metal, 'Stormblast' is the raw yet ambitious record of a band trying to find their own sound.
04.09.2015 - 13:30
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The best dimmu borgir album after Enthrone Darkness for sure.
15.11.2015 - 00:12
Rating: 6

Average. Dimmu had little talent as a Darkclone, but shined when they found their true calling as a bunch of keyboard-slaying over-the-top black metal maniacs.
05.01.2019 - 20:44
Rating: 5
Maasai Mara

Borefest. A mystery what Dimmu was going for here because the symphonic elements and the black elements are fighting each other. Ironic that the band sounds way much better now that they have supposedly sold out. These guys lacked the conviction to play serious black metal from the start, them turning to clowns was the best thing for everyone. Now Shagrath can make as much money as he can and we can at least enjoy their tolerable watered down billboard top 200 black metal.

Sorgens kammer is as exciting as that pointless long ass instrumental on Filosofem.
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