Thursday April 26, 2007
New York City, NY
* Live review and photos by Shaq
In recent years, Dimmu Borgir have emerged from the depths of the black metal genre as one of the strongest acts around. This is partly due to adapting a more, dare I say, appealing twist on black metal which helped gain a larger fan base. The “true” black metal crowd now shuns Dimmu, labeling them as sellouts and inauthentic black metallers, but I totally disagree. I find most of that genre unappealing and generic, where Dimmu make use of melody and quality songwriting to make for an enjoyable experience. That being said, this time around the guys are supporting their newest album titled IN SORTE DIABOLI to a packed house at Nokia Theater in New York City. The last time they rolled through was in 2003, playing to a much smaller venue, a true testament to how far they’ve come in the past few years.
Once the lights went out, the Norwegians began their onslaught with “Progenies of the Great Apocalypse” off their previous album, DEATH CULT ARMAGEDDON, and quickly followed it with “Vredesbyrd” off the same. The crowd was very audible during the entire set, singing along, headbanging, crowdsurfing and moshing. At many points people were practically raining down into the photo pit as security guards tried to catch them one after the other. Obviously there were a few selections from the new opus, including the first single/video “The Serpentine Offering” as well as “The Chosen Legacy.” Honestly I was surprised there weren’t more tracks from IN SORTE DIABOLI, which would not have disappointed me in the least. It is yet another strong release from these guys, and the cuts they did play live from it came across great. Hopefully next time around they work in some more new songs.
The entire setlist was pretty well balanced as far as mixing the old and the new. Obviously more emphasis was given to the newer material but they didn’t neglect the old favorites, such as “A Succubus In Rapture” off ENTHRONE DARKNESS TRIUMPHANT and “The Insight and the Catharsis” from SPIRITUAL BLACK DIMENSIONS. The dominantly young crowd in attendance seemed quite familiar with these older classics as well, which is always nice to see. One other highlight of the evening was a drum solo by none other than Dimmu Borgir’s most recent skin smasher, the infamous Hellhammer. Normally I’m not a huge fan of drum solos at concerts, but I will say that I was eager to hear Hellhammer in action and he did not disappoint. There certainly aren’t many capable of adequately filling the seat of Nick Barker, but I can say that he was a more than suitable replacement.
To close off the night, Dimmu returned to the stage to play a two song encore, offering some more classics for the eager crowd. No Dimmu Borgir show would be complete without “Spellbound” which led off the encore, and was followed by “Mourning Palace,” both off ENTHRONE DARKNESS TRIUMPHANT. All in all, it was yet another excellent performance from Dimmu Borgir, who are without a doubt at the top of their game and surely will only improve from here. If you’re a fan of them or extreme music (yes I know I’ll catch crap for calling them that with the “true” crowd), I absolutely recommend checking them out when they come near you.
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Progenies of the Great Apocalyspe
Kings of the Carnival Creation
A Succubus in Rapture
The Serpentine Offering
The Chosen Legacy
The Insight and The Catharsis
The Fallen Arises- Outro
I would like to thank Loana dP Valencia and Mike Ruiz from Nuclear Blast USA for the press pass.