Re-release of the eighth full-length album by the legendary Norwegian Symphonic Black Metal band.
It is the band's first concept album, with a story located in medieval Europe, and the last to feature ICS Vortex and Mustis before both band members were fired in 2009.
The strong melodies in this album (and most Dimmu releases) are both the major source of controversy, and the strong point for the music. The melodic elements, mainly the keyboards, Silenoz’s wonderful singing, sometimes the guitar, and at a few times even Shagrath’s singing, carry a very ethereal quality to them, and, as well as contributing to the overall creepy atmosphere, lend a very strong hand to the pure music beneath the production and atmosphere.
All in all, it is a very solid release, with a strong presence and a downright hellish aura, and a distinct sound. While it makes its Black Metal origins known, it in no way tries to be Black Metal, instead evolving into a what becomes a new sub-genre of Extreme Symphonic Metal – Hell Metal!
Nuclear Blast GmbH, 2007/2015 (NB 3538-1). Made in Germany. Comes in gatefold cover with 8-page 12" booklet.
1. The Serpentine Offering 05:09
2. The Chosen Legacy 04:16
3. The Conspiracy Unfolds 05:24
4. The Sacrilegious Scorn 03:58
5. The Fallen Arises 02:59
6. The Sinister Awakening 05:09
7. The Fundamental Alienation 05:17
8. The Unvaluable Darkness 04:44
9. The Foreshadowing Furnace 05:49
Total playing time: 42:45 mim.