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Dimmu Borgir - Enthrone Darkness Triumphant

8.7 | 1135 votes |
Release date: 30 May 1997
Style: Black metal


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01. Mourning Palace
02. Spellbound (By The Devil)
03. In Death's Embrace
04. Relinquishment Of Spirit And Flesh
05. The Night Masquerade
06. Tormentor Of Christian Souls
07. Entrance
08. Master Of Disharmony
09. Prudence's Fall
10. A Succubus In Rapture
11. Raabjørn Speiler Draugheimens Skodde [bonus]

Top 20 albums of 1997: 5
Top 200 albums of all time: 170

Stian Tomt "Shagrath" Thoresen - vocals, guitars
Stian Aarstad - synthesizers, piano
Sven Atle "Silenoz" Kopperud - guitars
Kenneth "Tjodalv" Åkesson - drums, percussion
Stian "Nagash" "Lex Icon" Arnesen - bass

Guest musicians
Bente Engen - vocals

Guest review by
Lord TJ
Enthrone Darkness Triumphant had been recorded and produced in January 1997 at Abyss Studios, which is located in Sweden. This was Dimmu Borgir's first release through Nuclear Blast records, as well as their first album to contain English lyrics. This album, to my knowledge is highly acclaimed, and their best selling as far as I know, from what I have read in other reviews and statistics. It is quite a milestone and had been a huge stepping stone for for the band, as it contains more profound musical structures. The melody in several songs, especially the opening for 'Mourning Palace' is quite superb sounding. The dark elements are more vivid, yet hellishly eerie than what they had shown in previous releases. If you don't believe me check out 'Relinquishment Of Spirit And Flesh'. Clearly what stands out in this album is the band's musicality, they display great musicianship, with far more structured songs. Check out, 'Spellbound By The Devil' as a grand example to hear how their collaboration seemed to take a great step forward.

published 18.10.2007 | Comments (13)

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This album is called the greatest work of Dimmu Borgir, the high point in their career, but also the last to contain the norsk black metal style. Indeed it is a very good album, but nevertheless it is already nothing of black metal any more. Enthrone Darkness Triumphant was the first step into the direction of Cradle Of Filth, this can clearly be heard in the new production and songwriting style. But to keep unique in a way, Dimmu Borgir decided to fill the gap between black and symphonic with synth sounds. If you compare this album to their former effort Stormblåst, it is hard to believe that you listen to the same band with only one year difference.

published 08.01.2011 | Comments (4)

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In this review I want to voice my opinion about one of the best metal albums of all time.

First of all, changes after the previous albums are conspicuous enough to be mentioned. If we want to categorize Dimmu Borgir albums, there are four periods: The first wave (1993-1996), the second wave (1997-1999), the third wave (1999-2009) and the fully orchestral and choral era. This record is the beginning of Dimmu Borgir's second wave.

published 02.06.2020 | Comments (1)

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29.03.2022 - 16:35
Rating: 9

I think I prefer Death Cult Armageddon (8.8/10) slightly more, but it is better than Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia (8.7/10) IMO.

8.8/10 for me.
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26.11.2023 - 18:14
The only Dimmu album I ever go back to.
26.11.2023 - 18:19
Rating: 9
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Written by Sidney's Phone on 26.11.2023 at 18:14

The only Dimmu album I ever go back to.

Exactly the same for me. I've never been a fan of this band tbh, but I have to say this particular album is very good.

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