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Stormblast MMV [Bonus DVD]

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  • The re-recording of Dimmu Borgir’s second album Stormblast is on the whole quite good. The drums sound great as well as the vocals. The production is crisp and the guitars are very prominent and heavy in the mix. I could have had a bit more keyboard though. My biggest gripe with the album is that they cut out the beautiful introduction to ‘Alt Lys Er Svunnet Hen’. The two new tracks are both good but by no means spectacular. The one thing this release does not convey that the original did was atmosphere. The original release was gushing with mood and atmosphere while the production on this release almost erases that quality. Thus this release is by no means a replacement of the original, only a compliment. Still judged on its own terms its quite good, excellent even. In fact even though I prefer the original I find that I listen to this version more often. The bonus DVD is also quite excellent, the quality being noticeably better than their ‘World Misanthropy’ DVD. The performance was good and the sound excellent. Even the track selection was good (would have liked something from SBD though… Reptile perhaps?). Overall this is a worthwhile purchase for any Dimmu fan though not an album I would recommend for first time listeners. For those it is best to aquire Enthrone Darkness Triumphant, Spiritual Black Dimensions, Stormblast (1996) and Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropy before proceeding to this release.

    Posted on January 13, 2010