Review: Eonian

It has been a long eight years since we have seen Dimmu Borgir. I honestly thought the band were done for, that was until they announced 2018’s fantastic comeback album, Eonian.

As of right now, fans are split down the middle in regards to the sound and style of Eonian. For the majority of the record, Dimmu Borgir have stripped back a lot of the black metal elements and replaced them with more mid tempo hooks and melodies that sound a lot like the ’80s goth rock scene. This change has apparently killed off the band’s reputation as a black metal band (again!) but I would say their reputation with some basement dwelling corpse painted unic is not quite as important as releasing a good album and a good album this is.

To say there are no black metal moments on this album would be false. There are plenty of up tempo moments featuring heavy thrashing guitars, growling vocals and blast beats. All the clichés found in the heavy metal sub genre. The style has been greatly reduced, but it is utilised a lot more tastefully and it provides more impact where the album needs it. The change in style is a great idea, especially when you hear how the mid tempo moments mix with the orchestral themes. It provides the music with these great gigantic hooks that sound magnificent. With that said, there are plenty of moments that sound like In Sorte Diaboli and Abrahadabra, if that is your kind of thing.

As a come back album, Eonian might have disappointed a few people. The hint of goth rock might make these people cry. But this isn’t classic Dimmu Borgir and I don’t think it was intended to be. The band have decided to try something new and it is has worked from a musical perspective. I loved my time with this monstrosity and I have no doubts that anyone who takes it on without being too biased will enjoy it too.

Rating : 9 / 10

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Track Listing :

  1. The Unveiling
  2. Interdimensional Summit
  3. Aetheric
  4. Council of Wolves and Snakes
  5. The Empyrean Phoenix
  6. Lightbringer
  7. I Am Sovereign
  8. Archaic Correspondence
  9. Alpha Aeon Omega
  10. Rite of Passage