Enthrone Darkness Triumphant
Review by Jack on June 26, 2001.
"Enthrone Darkness Triumphant" was heralded as album that Dimmu Borgir officially became "sell outs". This is a complete and utter load of bollocks. Dimmu Borgir did not sell out, they became popular. This is Dimmu Borgir’s second greatest release in their 7 or so year history (the finest being "Stormblast"). Shagrath, Stian and the rest of the mob acquired Peter Tatgren and the infamous Abyss Studio to the recording for this magnificent symphonic release, obviously the production rate is quality, and this really helps to bring forth every instrument, that you may have not been able to hear on "Stormblast". Stian Aarstad is again responsible for tying this whole production together. When Dimmu Borgir cut Stian loose they unofficially signed their own death warrant.
Aside from that, all elements really come together well to create a masterful epic piece, they really shot Dimmu Borgir into the limelight. Favourite tracks for me include, the opening killer 'Mourning Palace' which for some reason reminds me of Enya-esque melody, regardless it contains great interplay between synthesizer and guitar. 'In Death’s Embrace' is one of the best of examples of symphonic black metal on the entire album. 'A Succubus in Rapture' is the longest track on the album and really has a nice epic feel to it. Also worth noting is that Shagrath’s vocal have improved quite significantly. However, whether Shagrath improved for the better or worse is worth questioning, because as he got better, Dimmu Borgir got worse.
Bottom Line: This was the last album of the good Dimmu Borgir, additionally this was seen as a commercial and "sell out" release. I don’t really care, this is a great symphonic release, from what was once a great symphonic metal band.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10