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In Sorte Diaboli

Norway Country of Origin: Norway

In Sorte Diaboli
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Type: Full-Length
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Black, Symphonic
2. The Chosen Legacy
3. The Conspiracy Unfolds
5. The Fallen Rises
6. The Heretic Hammer
7. The Sinister Awakening
8. The Fundamental Alienation
9. The Invaluable Darkness
10. The Foreshadowing Furnace

Review by Krys on March 31, 2007.

OK, let me get straight to the point here. Is this the best Dimmu Borgir's album? No. Is it better than their last effort "Death Cult Armageddon"? Yes. As many of you already know "In Sorte Diaboli" is a concept album and Dimmu's gamble paid of for those waiting for a darker and heavier release but because of this they've lost some of that "Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia" grooviness that made you bang your head with uncontrollable fury. I have to say that Dimmu surprised me a little here, their trademark symphonic/theatrical parts are still visible and play a big role in the whole concept but they are slightly reduced compared to the previous efforts and are replaced with more guitar heavy structures. The power and dynamics of the album are masterfully managed by Hellhammer whose drumming is so complex and precise that I don't think a drum machine would do a better job. Because of the nature of the story I expected a little more in a vocal department but there's not much new outside of few spoken or whispered passages. I only wish Vortex had a bigger role in this tale cause his voice is one of the most unique and recognizable vocals in metal and in my opinion should be used to its full potential, especially on the concept album. So, there you have it... Like them or hate' em but since "Enthrone Darkness Triumphant" every release from those Norwegians is a big event in the heavy metal world and "In Sorte Diaboli" definitely stands up from the crowd and writes a new glorious chapter in Dimmu Borgir's career but for me it falls a little short from being called a masterpiece.

Categorical Rating Breakdown

Musicianship: 9
Atmosphere: 9
Originality: 7
Production: 9
Overall: 8

Rating: 8.4 out of 10