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Release date: 27 April 2007
Style: Symphonic black metal

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Disc I
01. The Serpentine Offering
02. The Chosen Legacy
03. The Conspiracy Unfolds
04. The Ancestral Fever [European bonus]
05. The Sacrilegious Scorn
06. The Fallen Arise
07. The Heretic Hammer [North American bonus]
08. The Sinister Awakening
09. The Fundamental Alienation
10. The Invaluable Darkness
11. The Foreshadowing Furnace
12. Black Metal [Japanese bonus] [Venom cover]

Disc II [DVD]
01. The Serpentine Offering [video]
02. Making Of The Album With Dimmu Borgir (Studio Report)
03. Making Of "The Serpentine Offering"
+ Photogallery

Reviews (3)
Lyrics (10)


Additional info
Dimmu Borgir's first concept album

Staff review by
Demonic Tutor

Rating:
8.3
A Black Metal concept album? Yes, you read that right. Dimmu Borgir has once again found a way to stand out by taking an unconventional path. The Norwegian superstars are back with "In Sorte Diaboli", following mostly raw reviews on their re-release of "Stormblåst". Needless to say that their concept better stand the test if Dimmu Borgir wants to stay on top, seeing that their latest notable work was released in 2003. Remember "Death Cult Armageddon"?

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published 17.06.2007 | Comments (39)

Guest review by
Arian Totalis

Rating:
8.4
So here it is, "In Sorte Diaboli", the long awaited new Dimmu Borgir concept album. It truly is a testament to the spirit of black metal, at least in it's message. The story is set in medieval england, and the concept that the album follows is that a man who is a priest's assistant realizes how corrupt the church is, and then in turn gets in touch with his dark side. Silenoz is the one who created the story and concept of the album, and I must say I apreciate him for that, I have been looking for an album dedicated to the message of corruption in organized religion. I would like all reading this review to prepare themselves to come into direct contact with Satan, prepare yourselves for "In Sorte Diaboli."

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published 09.09.2007 | Comments (25)

Guest review by
Ekim Reklaw

Rating:
9.8
Dimmu Borgir made quite the accomplishment with the album, In Sorte Diaboli. This 2007 release to me is one of their best, if not the best. In Sorte Diaboli (ISD) was the very first Dimmu Borgir album I bought, but it was also the very first black metal, or for you technical people out there, symphonic black metal albums that I bought.

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published 11.07.2012 | Comments (12)

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Novas - 26.02.2010 at 03:57  
Rating: 8 I think its their best yet. I was never a fan of Shagrath's synthesized voice. Finally, he uses his real voice, it sounds cool & still keeping their symphonic ways too. They should stick to this path & try not to go back to their annoying ways. Songs to look at: "The Serpentine Offering", "The Sacrilegious Scorn", "The Fundamental Alienation", "The Invaluable Darkness", & "The Foreshadowing Furnace"
SatyriconChick - 05.03.2010 at 01:14  
Rating: 8 I love Dimmu Borgir, and this album has its moments, but I really disagree about it being their best. Spiritual Black Dimensions gets that honor from me, quickly followed by both Enthrone Darkness Triumphant and Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia. For All Tid and Stormblast are amazing as well. I think the only Dimmu album (I'm not counting Godless Savage Garden here because it's mostly live stuff) I would rank below In Sorte Diaboli is Death Cult Armageddon, and that's just because of the crappy production. Other than "The Serpentine Offering," "The Sacrilegious Scorn" and maaaaayyybe two other songs, it's just not a terribly fascinating album to me.
treptolemus - 06.03.2010 at 00:47  
Rating: 9
Written by SatyriconChick on 05.03.2010 at 01:14

I love Dimmu Borgir, and this album has its moments, but I really disagree about it being their best. Spiritual Black Dimensions gets that honor from me, quickly followed by both Enthrone Darkness Triumphant and Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia. For All Tid and Stormblast are amazing as well. I think the only Dimmu album (I'm not counting Godless Savage Garden here because it's mostly live stuff) I would rank below In Sorte Diaboli is Death Cult Armageddon, and that's just because of the crappy production. Other than "The Serpentine Offering," "The Sacrilegious Scorn" and maaaaayyybe two other songs, it's just not a terribly fascinating album to me.

ok same things here. I like the album and i understand it as a "mature concept of dimmu". I can accept the fact that bands cannot produce all the times same "quality" + years go by...

Nevertheless, i have the digi-version of it (with the mirror stuff ya know for the reversed booklet lyrics) but i really dislike this :

The different bonus track (i hate when that happens)and..... At the backside cover (track list) has a misspelling "Exclusive Eurpean track"

I know, detail but *^#@!$@#% -when you pay for something you demand to be without mistakes!
Anyway sometimes in various booklets we trace horrible things, anyway
Vikcen - 25.09.2010 at 19:34  
Rating: 9 I just found this (that i didn't know):

"In Sorte Diaboli became the first black metal album to be number 1 on a list of albums to get in Norway. Also entered the Billboard 200 peaking at number 43, the highest position from a Norwegian group since a-ha."
.Nemesis. - 20.02.2011 at 22:47  
  I loved it. The song "The Serpentine Offering" is just so badass.
Heka69 - 20.04.2011 at 14:57  
  I did expect more... but the double-bass on "The Chosen Legacy" is quite awesome.
musicalkaratekid - 30.07.2012 at 02:03  
Rating: 7 Not a bad album, but some songs really show DB's lack of originality, such as the boring instrumental 'The fallen arises' and Bonus Track 'The heretic Hammer'. I think the reason people hate this album is purely because of its mainstream approach, and whilst that isn't a good thing for a symphonic black metal band such as DB, it has worked for them ever since the album's release. Far from their best, but definitely far from their worst too.
deadone - 05.02.2014 at 05:50  
Rating: 8 Excellent album indeed!

"The Serpentine Offering" is one of the few very instances when I pay attention to the lyrics, especially these two lines:

"My decent is the story of everyman
I am hatred, darkness and despair "
Laneth - 09.03.2014 at 22:58  
  I love the first, second, and fifth tracks a lot. The rest kind of blends together for me.

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