Additional personnel: Abbath (vocals); Charlie Storm (synthesizer, programming).
Producers: Dimmu Borgir, Frederik Nordstrom.
Recorded at Fredman Studio, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Purists won't call it black metal, but if one has to choose a sub-genre it'll do. The only other thing you can accurately call it is extreme metal. With DEATH CULT ARMAGEDDON, the Norway based Dimmu Borgir has synthesized the last 20 years of heavy music into one very coherent and terrifying album. Along with Emperor and Cradle of Filth, they have risen to the top of their own dark niche.
Like breaking into a haunted carnival at midnight, DCA assaults you with fear and surprise at every turn. Sound effects and atonal guitar harmonies in "Allegiance" set an evil mood; this is going to be fun, but scary fun. "Progenies of the Great Apocalypse" is the first glimpse of the live orchestra used to flesh out parts handled previously by synthesizers; few extreme bands have incorporated such ensembles so well. Finding beauty in the chaotic darkness is what makes Dimmu exciting. In a return to their roots, Dimmu has gone back to singing in their native Norwegian ("Vredesbyrd"), and it's a gamble that will likely pay off by impressing older fans, while giving newer listeners something different. Looking for extreme melodic metal? Look no further.
CMJ (9/22/03, p.22) - "...The complexity demonstrated on DEATH CULT ARMAGEDDON is sure to make Dimmu the next black metal band to make heads do a 360..."