Abrahadabra

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All Music Guide - Phil Freeman
At one point, Dimmu Borgir were a black metal band. Somewhere around the time of 2001's Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia, though, they became something entirely different, a kind of monument to pomp and grandeur for its own sake. Peaking on 2003's Death Cult Armageddon and sagging somewhat on the overwrought/underwritten 2007 concept album In Sorte Diaboli, they've managed to combine black metal with John Williams-style symphonic stomping. This album, while not quite the equal of Death Cult Armageddon, does represent a fairly strong comeback. Without changing their style, it's more melodic and even catchier than they're known for being, and the exchanges between lead ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Phil Freeman
At one point, Dimmu Borgir were a black metal band. Somewhere around the time of 2001's Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia, though, they became something entirely different, a kind of monument to pomp and grandeur for its own sake. Peaking on 2003's Death Cult Armageddon and sagging somewhat on the overwrought/underwritten 2007 concept album In Sorte Diaboli, they've managed to combine black metal with John Williams-style symphonic stomping. This album, while not quite the equal of Death Cult Armageddon, does represent a fairly strong comeback. Without changing their style, it's more melodic and even catchier than they're known for being, and the exchanges between lead vocalist Shagrath who sounds like a cross between Laibach's Milan Fras and Popeye the Sailor and the trills of the orchestra real, not synth-based, not to mention the frequent interjections by female voices, make the whole thing almost operatic. Indeed, Abrahadabra is many things, but it is definitely not a rock album. It takes the pomposity of prog to new extremes, throws classical filigree around like comedian Rip Taylor hurling confetti, and generally adopts a more-is-more attitude toward every element from riff writing to arrangements. It opens with an instrumental fanfare, and there's a guest vocal spot on "Ritualist" by bassist Snowy Shaw of Therion that sounds like Peter Hammill from Van der Graaf Generator. It might be goofy as hell, but it's also a lot of fun.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/2010
  • Label: Nuclear Blast Americ
  • UPC: 727361234829
  • Catalog Number: 12348
  • Sales rank: 25,934

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Xibir (2:50)
  2. 2 Born Treacherous (5:02)
  3. 3 Gateways (5:10)
  4. 4 Chess With the Abyss (4:09)
  5. 5 Dimmu Borgir (5:36)
  6. 6 Ritualist (5:14)
  7. 7 The Demiurge Molecule (5:31)
  8. 8 A Jewel Traced Through Coal (5:16)
  9. 9 Renewal (4:11)
  10. 10 Endings and Continuations (5:58)
  11. 11 Dimmu Borgir (5:38)
  12. 12 Gateways
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dimmu Borgir Primary Artist
Snowy Shaw Bass Guitar, Vocals
Nora Taksdal Viola
Andy Sneap Guest Appearance
Andrea Manger Violin
Frode Larsen Violin
Shagrath Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
Galder Guitar, Group Member
Annar Follesø Violin
Audun Sandvik Cello
Kristoffer Rygg Vocals, Guest Appearance
Morten Hannisdal Cello
Ingrid Åhlander Bassoon
Sidsel Walstad Harp
Henrik Hannisdal Violin
Daray Drums
Marit Klovning Cello
Atle Sponberg Violin, Concert Master
Joakim Nordin Percussion
Björn Nyman Clarinet
Bjørn Rabben Percussion
Tom Ottar Andreassen Flute
Elisabeth Lie Violin
Sverre Riise Trombone
Embrik Snerte Bassoon
Oivind Westby Trombone
Silenoz Guitar, Group Member
Ricky Black Slide Guitar
Tone Bianca Dahl Choir Master
Trude Eick Horn
Stine Rem Aarønes Violin
Trygve Aarvik Oboe
Hildegun Flataboe Horn
Yi Yang Violin
Marius Flatby Contrabass (Vocal)
Christina Dimbodius Violin
Christian Pollock Fjellstad Choir, Chorus
Birgit Maakestad Enghaug Choir, Chorus
Birger Mistreggen Timpani
Barbro Berg Choir, Chorus
Astrid Sandsør Choir, Chorus
Aste Jensen Sjøvaag Choir, Chorus
Anna Blechingberg Choir, Chorus
Agnete Kjølsrud Vocals, Guest Appearance
Agnes Hoffart Violin
Mette Elisabeth Steen Violin
Merete Olsen Carr Cello
Mathilde Salmi Marjavara Choir, Chorus
Martin Røsor Choir, Chorus
Marlene Wilhelmine Jensen Choir, Chorus
Maren Elle Violin
Magnus Tveten Choir, Chorus
Magnus Dorholt Kjeldal Choir, Chorus
Magnus Bernt Soederberg Bass
Ludvik Kjaernes Choir, Chorus
Kristin Karlsson Violin
Kjersti Almenningen Choir, Chorus
Sissel Anette Myhre Choir, Chorus
Tom Skjellum Trumpet
Tina Dahl Choir, Chorus
Thomas Tinglum Choir, Chorus
Thomas Ringen Choir, Chorus
Trond Magne Brekka Flute
Tord Kalvenes Choir, Chorus
Tone Bjørnsen Violin
Willy Aase Violin
Vilde Groth Pettersen Choir, Chorus
Karen Austad Christensen Choir, Chorus
Kare Magnar Hagen Trumpet
Julius Pranevicius Horn
Ingvild Farestveit Hov Choir, Chorus
Ingrid Uddu English Horn
Ingrid Stige Choir, Chorus
Inger Helseth Choir, Chorus
Ida Tingstein Choir, Chorus
Hilde Stenseng Choir, Chorus
Hilde Mentzoni Clarinet
Hauk J. Røsten Choir, Chorus
Hans Petter Bang Bass
Hakon Skyberg Choir, Chorus
Hakon Andersen Choir, Chorus
Guro Schjelderup Choir, Chorus
Guro Hilmen Violin
Eyvind Andreassen Horn
Erik Hedmo Choir, Chorus
Eivind Støylen Choir, Chorus
Stine Lise Svenning Clarinet
Sindre Bjerkestrand Choir, Chorus
Silje Indrebø Choir, Chorus
Schola Cantorum Choir Choir, Chorus
Rune Halvorsen Conductor
Robin J. Guttulsrød Choir, Chorus
Ragnhild E. Bye Luetken Choir, Chorus
Petter Winroth Trombone
Per Christian Rolin Choir, Chorus
Øyvind Blikstad Choir, Chorus
Ole Albrekt Nedrelid Choir, Chorus
Odd Nilsen Trumpet
Technical Credits
Dimmu Borgir Producer, Mastering
Joachim Luetke Artwork, Packaging, Cover Art, Band Photo
Daniel Bergstrand Engineer
Shagrath Composer, Engineer
Galder Composer
Gaute Storaas Orchestral Arrangements, Choir Arrangement
Silenoz Composer, Lyricist
Russ Russell Engineer, Mastering
Andy Senap Mastering
Tod Waters Construction, Clothing Design
Urban Naesvall Drum Technician
Giuliana Mayo Construction, Clothing Design
Petter Braar Guitar Techician
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  • Posted October 15, 2010

    The Black Metal Gods return!

    This album is definitely different from any of their previous efforts. Abrahadabra finds Dimmu Borgir beefing up the symphonic aspect of their music as they also begin to incorporate choirs as well. If you are a fan of Nightwish, Kamelot, or Blind Guardian, but also enjoy Old Man's Child, Emperor, and Immortal then this release is for you!

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