As part of Black Metal History Month, we will be spotlighting classic albums that we feel are essential for any fan of black metal. This album is a part of that series. Make sure to pick up our limited edition Black Metal History Month t-shirt.
For many American metal fans, Dimmu Borgir opened the gates to the dark romanticism and despair of Black Metal. I can remember back in 2004 when all of us high school kids were blown away by "Progenies of the Great Apocalypse" (and rode around feeling like we were riding in the Batmobile!) and got hooked to other catchy tunes like "Puritania". By then, I had been introduced to inner-circle Black Metal bands like Emperor, Darkthrone, and Mayhem; but for a metal fan who was still working off the taste pallet of big 4 thrash metal, a band like Dimmu Borgir was easier to digest at that moment in time. Now, you may be saying to yourself, "Drew, you don't mean to say that Dimmu is a gateway metal band in the same sense that we'd say Korn or Slipknot is? Like in the way we enjoyed the cartoons we enjoyed as a child?" While I'm sure there are some elitists who would now elect to put Dimmu in this space (you know…God forbid more than 10,000 people on planet Earth can relate to a band), this is definitely not what I mean, as the band has a wealth of brilliant material to its name, particularly 1997's soaring masterwork, Enthrone Darkness Triumphant. (more…)