Posts Tagged ‘Dimmu Borgir’

war of the covers sabbath bloody sabbathLast week we had Symphonic Death Metal legends Dimmu Borgir battle it out with Prog metal giants Dream Theater to see who covered Deep Purple’s classic 1984 title track Perfect Strangers. You voted and Dimmu Borgir were the winners of that battle and now we have another one for all of you. This week instead of just two bands battling for supremacy, we have a triple threat match for all of you out there with some serious contenders. Black Sabbath has often been credited as the godfathers of Heavy Metal and there have been a lot of metal bands since them that have covered their music. So, this week, we are going to decide who covered the title track to their seminal fifth album Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. In one corner, we have the most underrated member of Thrash Metal’s Big Four in New York Thrash legends Anthrax who covered the track for their 1987 EP I’m The Man. In another corner, we have American metal band Godspeed who teamed up with legendary NWOBHM vocalist Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden for the Black Sabbath tribute album Nativity In Black. Lastly in 2006, Finnish Metal band Tarot covered the track for their fifth album For The Glory Of Nothing.

war of the covers  perfect strangers.jpgLast week, we went on the lighter side of the spectrum of music with a hard rock classic in Street Fighting Man by The Rolling Stones and between Motley Crue and Tesla, you voted and chose Motley Crue as the winner by half the votes. This week we have another hard rock classic for you guys to vote on, but this is a unique one because it’s a battle of metal subgenres. This week we are checking out the classic 1984 track Perfect Strangers which was the title track to Deep Purple’s 11TH studio album (check out the review here). The album was iconic because it featured the return of Deep Purple’s famous Mark II lineup consisting of Ian Gillan, Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord, Roger Glover, and Ian Paice. Now you are probably wondering what two bands did I find that covered the track that pin certain metal sub-genres against each other? In one corner, we have progressive metal legends Dream Theater who covered the track for their 1995 EP A Change Of Seasons. In the other corner, we have legendary symphonic black metal legends Dimmu Borgir who covered the song on their 2010 album Abrahadabra. Now only one version can prevail and it’s up to you to make the choice. You have until the next War Of The Covers to decide.

 

pedalIt’s that time of the year that I love because the March Madness tournament is right around the corner. Seven years ago, I started the Pedal To The Metal Tournament as a March Madness style tournament where you the fans decided who moved from round to round. This year is the sixth annual tournament (we skipped a year) and we are going to do something different this year. There are a couple of things that are being done different this year with one being that we eliminated rock bands from tournament and we replaced with metalcore and the New Wave Of American Metal bands and the second is that the final round will be longer due to the fact that I will not be around for five days (I will be at WrestleMania). The defending champions Destruction are back and they are ready to defend their championship against some familiar foes and some new bands as well. The other thing that is happening is that we are going to be starting the tournament a few days early than usual to coincide with what is happening. So you are probably wondering who is in the tournament and we have that answer for you and what division they are in. Coming soon is who each band will face in the first round so stay tuned for that.

Jeff Hanneman Division (Thrash Division)

-Megadeth

-Slayer

-Death Angel

-Testament

-Sepultura

-Suicidal Tendencies

-Exodus

-Metallica

Dio/Kilmister Division

– Judas Priest

-Saxon

-Iron Maiden

-U.D.O.

– Primal Fear

-Accept

-Ghost

-Queensryche

Chuck Schuldiner Division

-Entombed A.D.

-Destruction

-Kreator

-Cannibal Corpse

-Behemoth

-Vader

-Witchery

-Amon Amarth

Metal To The Core Division

– Killswitch Engage

-Trivium

-Upon A Burning Body

-Lamb Of God

-Whitechapel

-Suicide Silence

-All That Remains

-Parkway Drive

 

dimmu_borgir_abrahadabraFor a very long time growing up, I was not a fan of black metal until the first time I saw Norwegian Black Metal group Dimmu Borgir on Ozzfest 2004. I was completely mesmerized by everything that the band was doing that day and it was awesome. They were in my opinion different than anything I had ever heard before. The band which in 2010 was made up of Shagrath (Vocals, Keyboards, Programming), Galder (Guitars), Silenoz (Guitars), Daray (Drums), Snowy Shaw (Bass), and special on the album Abrahadabra (which we are covering for today’s album of the week) was the Kringkastingsorkesteret (Norwegian Radio Orchestra) and the Schola Cantorum Choir. The album was produced by Dimmu Borgir and mixed by Andy Sneap as it was released on September 22, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records. The title Abrahadabra translates into “I will create as I speak” and it’s taken from Aleister Crowley’s Liber AL vel Legis (The Book Of The Law) while the album cover was derived from H.P. Lovecraft’s Elder Gods.  The album did pretty well as if peaked at number 42 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts as well as a couple of top 10 finishes in various countries.

abrahadabra1. Xibir-This is an instrumental track that kicks off the album in style. If you’re not used to it, it might creep you out with it’s eerie dark tones, but it’s amazing. 5/5

2. Born Treacherous– The metal takes over with this track as the band launches an all out symphonic metal assault complete with blast beats and razor fast shredding. The song just seems to be about someone who defies conventional laws. 4/5

3. Gateways-The first single released from the album and an interesting one to say the least. It’s all about being free from the conventional thinking that society has you trapped in. The track also features guest vocals from Agnete Kjølsrud and Garm. 5/5

4. Chess with the Abyss– The beginning of the track almost seems opera like with the choir like vocals that come in on this song. The track seems to be about fighting that feeling of being trapped in a world that seems like a nightmare. 4/5

5. Dimmu Borgir-Every great band in the history of metal has a song that is titled after the band’s name. The beginning has the chanting again, but it’s cool cause I feel like I’m in a temple. The song is a full on metal assault with the Schola Cantorum Choir earning their money. I love the guitar parts in this track, some of my favorite work on here. 5/5

abrahadabra-2-picture6. Ritualist-Very eerie beginning with some backward messaging to start the track off before the all out symphonic metal assault takes over in a track that seems to be preaching about truly being free and reborn. 4/5

7. The Demiurge Molecule– A very metal track that is different for the most part than most of the other songs before. The horns in this track are a nice touch. 4/5

8. A Jewel Traced Through Coal-The intro has a very cinematic feel to it hen it opens before the amazing orchestral section and the band take over. The track does get a little over the top during the middle section with the orchestral arrangements. Overall a decent track. 4/5

9. Renewal-It’s an all out metal assault on this track with some of the most amazing guitar work on the album in general. The track seems to be about someone who understands his path and is renewed by it because he knows who he is. 4/5

10. Endings and Continuations– The last track on the album that has hints of the old days of Dimmu Borgir and mixes it nicely with the new era of the band to make this track. Its definitely the way to close out an album for sure. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– I know that this album has taken a lot of criticism over the years because I looked it up online and maybe they are justified in thinking so. Is it the band’s strongest effort? Maybe not, but I became a fan of the band very late in the game when they became the new Dimmu Borgir like many have said. I for one enjoyed the record which is why I am giving it 4.35 stars out of five for a final grade.

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Venom-Black-MetalThere are albums in the world that have been released that you can deny the influence and power they can have on a genre or generation. Some albums are so powerful in influence that sometimes they actually start a genre just from an album title. You can definitely say that it certainly was the case when English heavy metal band Venom released their second album Black Metal in November of 1982. If you haven’t guessed what genre it is that the album title influenced then you are absolutely hopeless or just not a fan of metal at all. The band which was made up of the classic lineup in Cronos (Bass/Vocals), Mantas (Guitar), and Abaddon (Drums) self produced the record alongside Keith Nichol. The album was so influential that various tracks from the album have been covered by the likes of Cradle Of Filth, Dimmu Borgir, Mayhem, Vader, Blitzkrieg, Hypocrisy, and to many more to list on here. The album artwork itself was created by Cronos and was an iconic image that has stood the test of time. The album is on the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die book by Robert Dimery and it was voted #68 best British album of all time by Kerrang! readers.

Venom-BlackMetalBack1. Black Metal– The title track kicks off the album and it showcases the band’s brand of speed metal with those guttural vocals from Cronos. This was the track that influenced the genre, but you can hear elements of Thrash in the track. 4/5

2. To Hell and Back– An incredible straight up metal track from the band about a man who has danced with devil and lives to talk about it. 4/5

3. Buried Alive– The track starts off with audio of a man speaking about a body and you hear them digging up the dirt and dumping it on the coffin. Very melodic intro with heavy breathing with sinister talking from Cronos before the band kicks in and things get heavy. 5/5

4. Raise the Dead– This could be considered the continuing of the last track with a heavy Motorhead influence on the track. 4/5

5. Teacher’s Pet– A very funny track that talks about a sexual fantasy with a teacher. Check out the lyrics to the track. There is a huge blues influence in this track especially near the guitar solo. 4/5

6. Leave Me in Hell– This harder than hell thrash masterpiece is a track that talks about the Antichrist. 4/5

venom-black_metal-CD7. Sacrifice– The lyrics to this track are pretty self explanatory, but the music is where it’s at with it’s thrash/Motorhead styled madness. 4.5/5

8. Heaven’s on Fire– A speed metal classic that talks about a war between heaven and hell, but it looks like Heaven has been taken over. 4/5

9. Countess Bathory– A pretty kick ass metal track about the world famous and controversial Countess Elizabeth Bathory who was a serial killer. 4.5/5

10. Don’t Burn the Witch– a cool metal track from the band with a bad ass guitar intro that is a fight song for not burning witches. 4/5

11. At War with Satan (preview)– Just an intro track introducing the next album which would come two years later. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– I can definitely see and hear why bands were so influenced by these guys as they were so important to the Thrash Metal and Black Metal genres. Besides most of the subject matter which I could care less for, this was actually a kick ass album that I am glad I gave it a chance. I am going to give the album four stars out of five for a final grade.

Andy Rehfeldt has been remaking songs by famous artists and he has been turning them either into metal versions, death metal versions, etc. He has remade songs from Elvis Presley, Justin Timberlake, and he even turned a Dimmu Borgir song into a Radio Disney friendly version. Now, Andy Rehfeldt is tackling Christmas music and since there are now only five days (includes today) days until Christmas, I am giving you his death metal version of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer song that was made famous by Bing Crosby. Most of the time I can’t understand a single word or sentence that he sings, but when you finally recognize it, it’s actually pretty cool. Who would’ve thought that Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer would make for a great Death Metal song? He also took the time to record an original track with Bördi singing the vocals. Imagine if Bing Crosby was still alive to hear this, I wonder what he would say? The song much like all of his other songs are accompanied with videos that make you believe the original artist is singing in the style that Andy is. Check it out below and remember Hail Santa Metalheads!!!!