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Band
Dimmu Borgir
Title
Abrahadabra
Type
LP/EP
Company
Nuclear Blast
YOR
2010
Style
Black
12/10/2010 - Review by: Ravana

Dimmu Borgir
Abrahadabra

Company: Nuclear Blast
Release: 2010
Genre: Symphonic Black
Reviewer: Veritas

  • Underwhelming and uninspiring



  • "Abrahadabra" marks Dimmu Borgir's first release since their widely publicized split with bassist/clean vocalist ICS Vortex and keyboardist Mustis. Although they still mostly sound like the Dimmu of old (or at least of their last few albums), the absence of these two band members resonates fairly heavily. Abrahadabra's keyboard parts were presumably written by band members other than Mustis, and the grand, sweeping, orchestral parts that often stood at the forefront of Dimmu songs are not nearly as prevalent. Keyboards still play a vital role, but they function more as accents instead of really leading songs (although there are some exceptions, as with "Born Treacherous," one of the album's few standout tracks).

    Snowy Shaw appears on several songs performing clean vocals (he also played bass on the album), and while he manages to sound amazing with Therion, his full-time band, his performance here does not measure up to what Vortex was able to do for Dimmu Borgir. Shaw's style of singing is more operatic, and does not fit nearly as well as Vortex's voice did. The song "Ritualist" is a perfect example of Shaw's awkward position within Dimmu's music.

    Lead vocalist Shagrath definitely varies his delivery style even more than usual, alternating between his "black metal voice," which has weakened considerably over the years (or perhaps has become more refined?), electronically modified vocals, and an almost spoken whispering. The latter definitely leaves the listener craving more power and more energy; if the desired effect is for a spooky or mystical feel, it is not working.

    This album is, unfortunately, underwhelming and uninspiring. "Born Treacherous," "Gateways," and "Renewal" are all solid songs, but others seem more concerned with getting from point A to point B using tired-sounding riffs rather than actually doing anything for the listener. Die hard Dimmu fans should (and probably already have) pick this record up, but those looking to listen to this band for the first time would be better off starting somewhere else in the band's discography.



    • 1 :REVIEW COUNT
      2.5 :AVE RATING

    ALL REVIEWS FOR: DIMMU BORGIR
    TITLE
    DOR
    COMPANY
    REVIEWER DATE MADE RATING
    Abrahadabra
    2010
    Nuclear Blast
    Ravana12/10/2010
    2.5
    Death Cult Armageddon
    2004
    Nuclear Blast
    Ken Pierce7/23/2004
    -
    Death Cult Armageddon (reissue)
    2004
    Nuclear Blast
    Greg Watson9/26/2004
    -
    Stormblast
    2006
    Nuclear Blast
    Anthony Burke5/15/2006
    -

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