artist : Dimmu Borgir
genre : Melodic Black/Symphonic Extreme Metal
year : 2010
Whether it is the band’s diversion from having another three-word album title or Dimmu Borgir retaining just three members, it has certainly worked in the band’s favor. Running into quite a few problems on the way to the release of their ninth studio album, the band has taken everything in their stride and devoted themselves solely in creating something their hearts are stuck in. In Sorte Diaboli had raised eyebrows about the band’s change in sound and dedicated fans like me had only wanted the band to atleast come close to being what they were, if not get there.
Abrahadabra is easily the most sought after metal album the year has seen till now and it all started with a buzz that the band would be working with a huge orchestra this time around. What else could put a fan of this extreme symphonic band on high alert? The album has 10 tracks besides the two bonus ones.
The intro Xibir is bleak and sets a somber mood, just what turns me on. Well, from what I observe the album has two of the strongest tracks in the beginning. The two tracks were picked by the band and made available for streaming on their myspace page. Both Born Treacherous and Gateways are high on the eerie sensation. Song five titled Dimmu Borgir is the only track that ain’t dark enough. Infact here the symphony has been used to assert a very gleeful side and talk about what the band has been all about since their existence.
The extreme metal aspect of the band is replete on the album and yet the record is mellifluous to the ear. Be it Chess with the Abyss, Renewal, The Demiurge Molecule or A Jewel Traced through Coal its a different affair each time and yet the diligence is commendable. Ritualist is the best composed track and also a favorite. It sums up the album with all the variations thrown in.
Bringing us closer to the total playing time is Endings and Continuations, which is the last track apart from the bonus ones. I bow down to Dimmu Borgir even as Endings and Continuations is still on. Bonus tracks include an orchestral version of Gateways and a Deep Purple cover named Perfect Strangers. While the former is slow on pace, the latter will leave you surprised. The cover song could just be the highlight on the album.
Speaking about the important role of the much talked about orchestra that has held Dimmu‘s hand for this album, I’d say they make the whole listening experience more epic and exquisite. Musically, this album is on the lines of Death Cult Armageddon and that is where the comparison ends. Abrahadabra has a greater orchestral involvement and all those chants and backing vocals succor the Borgir-trio in producing first-rate material.
Only a few hours have passed since I first played Abrahadabra and I haven’t stopped smiling. Abrahadabra might not be their best work but it definitely is the Dimmu Borgir we have grown fond of.
Rating : 4.5/5
Fans in India can get their copy of this masterpiece at the DSR shop here.