Dimmu Borgir - Eonian



7.4 | 254 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

Line-up
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
ScreamingSteelUS
Rating:
6.4
This is just Nightwish with Emperor Palpatine on vocals.

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published 01.05.2018 | Comments (57)

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31.05.2018 - 02:38
Vombatus
Potorro
^can't agree more. Made the effort to check it out, and the whole thing feels so messed up and inconsistent. I can find something (mildly) interesting on some songs but those parts never last and get lost within a ton of infinished ideas, often mediocre. A short riff, maybe a brief bridge here and there, but overall no substance. Feels like the previous album with just slabs of randomness thrown over. Ya know, the watered-down overproduced extreme music and all that. But Abrahahahadabra at least had a song or two that I could thoroughly enjoy.... Here, there is nothing.
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01.06.2018 - 13:21
Rating: 8
Sojgenske
Haven't ever enjoyed a Dimmu album that much since Death Cult. Feel like I'm 18 again...
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03.06.2018 - 01:11
Rating: 9
Metal Hazz \m/
Very surprised at the tepid reaction to this album and I'm amazed that anyone could rate Abrahadabra higher!

For me, Abrahadabra was Dimmu's worst album for many reasons that I won't go into here!

Personally, after getting over the disappointment that Eonian was not PEM II (never going to happen is it! ) and giving it a number of spins on a decent sound system, I can't see how anyone could rate this poorly. The band have repeatedly stated that the album needs time to sink in and I have to agree. Upon first listen, there was nothing that instantly grabbed the attention and there was a lack of memorable riffs. There is still an element of truth to these observations but after time the depth, detail and maturity to the songs is now obvious and there are some genuinely beautiful moments with a powerful production. Personally love the choir, adding majesty at times, most notably in 'Archaic Correspondence'. I concede that Dimmu have lost the raw aggression and sinister undercurrent of the PEM era, hurt by a softer guitar tone and watered down production of blast beats, but they now make up for it with almost movie score levels of symphonic overload...

From 'The Empyrean Phoenix' onwards in particular, the tracks are fantastic

It's somewhere between an 8 and 9 for me and their best since DCA - which surprised me as much as anyone as I feared Abrahadabra was the start of the Dimmu decline...
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11.06.2018 - 11:26
Rating: 7
M C Vice
Ex-polydactyl
Seen a few comparisons to Nightwish and Therion here, but I'm hearing a fair bit of Epica in this. The choir work especially.
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"Another day, another Doug."
"I'll fight you on one condition. That you lower your nipples."
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01.07.2018 - 11:34
Rating: 9
Litvin
Estonian
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