Dimmu Borgir - Eonian

7.5 | 354 votes |
Release date: 4 May 2018
Style: Symphonic black metal


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01. The Unveiling
02. Interdimensional Summit
03. Ætheric
04. Council Of Wolves And Snakes
05. The Empyrean Phoenix
06. Lightbringer
07. I Am Sovereign
08. Archaic Correspondence
09. Alpha Aeon Omega
10. Rite Of Passage

Stian Tomt Thoresen - vocals, bass, keyboards, orchestration, effects
Thomas Rune Andersen Orre - guitars, bass
Sven Atle Kopperud - guitars, bass

Additional musicians:
Geir Bratland - keyboards, additional orchestration
Dariusz Brzozowski - drums
Mikkel Gaup - voice
Martin Lopez - percussion

Schola Cantorun choir, choirmaster Gunvald Ottesen.

Additional info
Cover art: Zbigniew M. Bielak
Produced by Dimmu Borgir.

Staff review by
This is just Nightwish with Emperor Palpatine on vocals.

published 01.05.2018 | Comments (59)

Guest review by
It took 8 years to release a new record. So it must be the feather in black metal music's cap; something to throw at a true black metaller's face. These are the things that initially come to anyone's mind, regardless of how successful Eonian is in making fans' desires come true.

The record doesn't carry any instrumental track for a starter as a typical Dimmu Borgir thing, instead a shocking industrial intro and not comforting at all. "Interdimensional Summit", being the first song I listened to from this record, still stuck to Abrahadabra values. The keyboard theme is quite heartwarming and Galder's solo is one of the band's best. After that, "Council Of Wolves And Snakes" starts as something you may need in Dimmu Borgir's albums, but gets tedious and kills the buzz in the listener.

published 04.06.2020 | Comments (1)

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11.06.2018 - 11:26
Rating: 7
M C Vice
Seen a few comparisons to Nightwish and Therion here, but I'm hearing a fair bit of Epica in this. The choir work especially.
"Another day, another Doug."
"I'll fight you on one condition. That you lower your nipples."
" 'Tis a lie! Thy backside is whole and ungobbled, thou ungrateful whelp!"
01.07.2018 - 11:34
Rating: 9
15.10.2018 - 00:46
Oh god, I don't know if it is because I've been listening only to DSO clones lately but I found this album refreshing.
Never trust a junkie.
04.12.2018 - 07:24
Rating: 7
->Some outstanding tracks
Interdimensional Summit
Council Of Wolves And Snakes
I Am Sovereign
Alpha Aeon Omega

->Some mediocore tracks
The Unveiling
Archaic Correspondence

But overall very good material !
02.01.2019 - 23:39
Rating: 8
Maasai Mara
As a lover of catchy music, this reminds me of other catchy tunes from Paramore, Avril Lavigne and Nickelback that i could not help but sing along to. The fact that this debuted at number 142 on the Billboard Top 200 is testament of how catchy it is. This is just as sweet sounding as Melissa . Council of wolves and snakes and the rites of passage make Dimmu Borgir the forefront band in attracting new listeners to heavy metal. Buy this album and don't forget to get your granny a copy. Shagrath and co with their satanic outfits and image now look as scary as the band Lordi which is the best thing that could happen to Dimmu in terms of their commercial appeal.
You are not metal enough until you visit Kenya. The cradle of mankind, where man learnt first to work with stones and first enjoyed the sounds produced by banging stones which later influenced metal in all its sounds and genres.
11.03.2019 - 11:30
Rating: 10
At first I didn't like this album very much, but after several listening I started to love it. It must be said that regarding darkness and hardness, it's the softest album comparing to other previous albums, however it doesn't mean it's bad. They definitely are talented musicians and and they definitely proved it when making this different, but still great album.
23.08.2019 - 08:54
Troy Killjoy
As a metal album, this is super catchy and accessible and fun and uplifting.

As a black metal album... well, it's not a black metal album. And that's fine. But you really need to know that ahead of time if you're hoping for some kvlt shit. Even the guitars are tuned to "radio friendly" from a non-elitist standpoint. Aside from the vocals, most hints and traces of legitimate black metal influence are incredibly difficult to ascertain, aside from maybe arpeggio notes and scattered blastbeats. I assume they still wear corpse paint and gimmicky outfits to portray themselves as black metal musicians as well, although that doesn't actually have any bearing on the sound.

It sucks for them because this is actually a really well-crafted album and it obviously required lots of effort, collaboration, and ingenuity. But it's so soft and watered down, even for a Dimmu Borgir album, that the majority of metal fans will laugh in its face or cringe in response to at least half of what's presented here.

Replace Thoresen with some generic goth rock vocalist or even some half-assed falsetto "pro" and release it as a debut under a different band name (one that never gets admitted to Metal-Archives for being "non-metal") and I guarantee the reactions to this album would be significantly weighted on the positive, if not adoring side of the rating spectrum.

As for me, I think with it trying to be too many things at once and clearly reaching for something it can't be, despite putting forth a high quality effort... it's gonna be a naw from me.
I have no memory of this place.
16.10.2019 - 20:02
Rating: 8
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