Dimmu Borgir - Enthrone Darkness Triumphant
30 May 1997

01. Mourning Palace
02. Spellbound (By The Devil)
03. In Death's Embrace
04. Relinquishment Of Spirit And Flesh
05. The Night Masquerade
06. Tormentor Of Christian Souls
07. Entrance
08. Master Of Disharmony
09. Prudence's Fall
10. A Succubus In Rapture
11. Raabjørn Speiler Draugheimens Skodde [bonus]

Enthrone Darkness Triumphant had been recorded and produced in January 1997 at Abyss Studios, which is located in Sweden. This was Dimmu Borgir's first release through Nuclear Blast records, as well as their first album to contain English lyrics. This album, to my knowledge is highly acclaimed, and their best selling as far as I know, from what I have read in other reviews and statistics. It is quite a milestone and had been a huge stepping stone for for the band, as it contains more profound musical structures. The melody in several songs, especially the opening for 'Mourning Palace' is quite superb sounding. The dark elements are more vivid, yet hellishly eerie than what they had shown in previous releases. If you don't believe me check out 'Relinquishment Of Spirit And Flesh'. Clearly what stands out in this album is the band's musicality, they display great musicianship, with far more structured songs. Check out, 'Spellbound By The Devil' as a grand example to hear how their collaboration seemed to take a great step forward.

Dimmu Borgir also exhibited much heavier, rhythmic riffs, and not to mention some decently melodic solos' which aren't bad to the ear at all. Especially seeing as Black Metal isn't renown for incorporating solos except for maybe Mayhem's 'Freezing Moon'. Overall, if you have not yet heard Enthrone Darkness Triumphant, or Dimmu Borgir for that matter, this is certainly an album worth listening to. I have placed it in my list of top Black Metal albums. The production for it was done quite well, especially when it comes to Black Metal production in general. And yes, for those who say Dimmu Borgir aren't Black Metal, they clearly are. They're Symphonic Black Metal, and they actually contain depth to them, unlike some of the countless 'raw/trve/elite' Black Metal bands, whom to me practically all sound the same.

Performance: 9
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 9
Production: 10

Band profile: Dimmu Borgir
Album: Enthrone Darkness Triumphant


written by Lord TJ | 18.10.2007

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This album is called the greatest work of Dimmu Borgir, the high point in their career, but also the last to contain the norsk black metal style. Indeed it is a very good album, but nevertheless it is already nothing of black metal any more. Enthrone Darkness Triumphant was the first step into the direction of Cradle Of Filth, this can clearly be heard in the new production and songwriting style. But to keep unique in a way, Dimmu Borgir decided to fill the gap between black and symphonic with synth sounds. If you compare this album to their former effort Stormblåst, it is hard to believe that you listen to the same band with only one year difference.

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Katatronik - 18.10.2007 at 21:09  
Excellent album, a masterpiece of the pre-symphonic Dimmu Borgir era.
Here there are amazing jewels as Mourning Palace, Spellbound, In Death's Embrace, Tormentor Of Christian Souls... Great!!!
+{Jonas}+ - 20.10.2007 at 02:19  
Deffinitely an amazing an album, the beggining of their symphonic/melodic era, with great (even catchy IMO) songs and incredible production.
Mr. Doctor - 26.12.2007 at 20:08  
This is the best album of Dimmu Borgir's Symphonic era... The others aren't as good IMO.

But this one... Dang, is pretty good. I used to listening to this album before falling asleep. A very nice experience.
Pétur - 26.12.2007 at 22:00  
the last good Dimmu borgir album
Vitriolic Hate - 18.12.2008 at 01:57  
Great Album!!!
Warman - 18.12.2008 at 02:21  
This is one of the highlights in Symphonic Black Metal!
Uirapuru - 27.04.2009 at 06:06  
Amazing album. Never get tired of listen to this.
Ellrohir - 18.09.2009 at 11:22  
Hail to king Darkness
InnerSelf - 25.09.2009 at 19:42  
My second favorite after their 2001
SatyriconChick - 25.12.2009 at 18:30  
Amazing album... Not the first Dimmu I heard, but the first one I actually bought. "A Succubus In Rapture" is my favorite track, but every song is great. Definitely a 10!
treptolemus - 16.01.2010 at 19:57  
I like the album a lot. One of my all-time favourites. Some songs are classic and they make me feel the same way like the first time i listened to the cd.
Mourning Palace, In Death's Embrace, Tormentor Of Christian Souls, Master Of Disharmony, Spellbound (By The Devil) Great songs
Infernal Eternal - 05.06.2012 at 18:26  
Awesome album and review.
TPrice - 29.11.2014 at 23:54  
The music is incredible. The lyrics are cheesy even by black metal standards.

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