Stormblåst (Storm Blown)
After the release of Death Cult Armageddon, a monumental album with songs about the apocalypse and a return to their roots, Dimmu Borgir decided to go all the way with it and re-release the 1996 album Stormblåst. The original was considered by most to be the best work of Dimmu to date.
The difference? They removed the instrumental “Sorgens Kammer” for copyright reasons (it was pretty much a rip-off of a song from a video game called “Agony”), introduced a regular version of the same song, added one more track called “Avmaktslave” and brought in session drummer, Hellhammer. Also included is a bonus DVD with live songs from Ozzfest ‘04. It is their first album in ten years with Norweigen lyrics.
The reproduction is far more produced than the original album, which is kind of a mixed blessing. You catch things you didn’t on the original, like melody lines and riffs. But you miss things like the rough appeal of the original and its all around mood.
Hellhammer is not as mind-blowing behind the kit as one might have expected, possibly because Stormblåst is pretty tight and melodic, leaving little room for creativity. The keyboard is pretty sparse and not as much of a driving force as in the ’96 release.
This is a good update on the original Stormblåst, with a more modern sound. However, the original still stands as the best and most interesting thing Dimmu Borgir has done to date. However, by itself it is a stronger album than most Dimmu, making for an all around melodic-metal good time.
PunkTV.ca Rating: 3.4/5