DIMMU BORGIR - Stormblåst STORMBLAST STORMBLOWN - 12" LP Vinyl Album

 STORMBLAST - This is the second studio album by Norwegian black metal band Dimmu Borgir.

 

DIMMU BORGIR - Stormblast Nuclear Blast Records 12" LP Vinyl Album
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Album Description:

In the vast landscape of Norwegian black metal, few bands have reached the heights of darkness and grandeur achieved by Dimmu Borgir. Known for their symphonic soundscapes, blistering guitar riffs, and haunting atmospheres, Dimmu Borgir has solidified their place as one of the most influential bands in the genre. One of their pivotal releases that showcased their artistic prowess is their second studio album, "Stormblåst".

Released in 1996, "Stormblåst" captivated audiences with its raw intensity and melodic compositions. The album encapsulates the essence of Norwegian black metal, blending aggressive guitar work with atmospheric keyboards and majestic orchestrations. It stands as a cornerstone of Dimmu Borgir's discography and a testament to the band's musical vision.

The album cover, designed by Joachim Luetke, sets the stage for the darkness that lies within. With a striking blend of black, white, and gray hues, it portrays a desolate and storm-ridden landscape, perfectly mirroring the tempestuous nature of the music contained within. The intricate details and symbolic imagery invite the listener to embark on a journey into the depths of black metal's sonic abyss.

On the back cover, the design by Ald Borjesson further enhances the album's aura of mystique. Its minimalistic approach, featuring a somber color palette and stark typography, contrasts with the chaotic energy conveyed by the music. The synergy between the cover designs reflects the duality present in Dimmu Borgir's compositions, where darkness and beauty intertwine.

Dimmu Borgir's own photography graces the album cover, adding a personal touch to the release. By visually representing themselves within the artwork, the band creates a deeper connection with the listener, revealing a glimpse of the individuals behind the music.

Within the grooves of the 12" LP vinyl album, fans will discover a rich tapestry of sonic enchantment. Silenoz's lead vocals and lead guitar work, alongside Shagrath's powerful growls and guitar prowess, provide a relentless assault on the senses. Tjodalv's thunderous drums and Brynjard Tristan's commanding bass guitar form the formidable backbone of the band's sound. Adding an ethereal layer, Stian Aarstad's synthesizers and piano melodies elevate the music to soaring heights.

The original custom inner sleeve of "Stormblåst" includes album details, complete lyrics of all the songs, and captivating artwork. This attention to detail demonstrates Dimmu Borgir's commitment to providing a comprehensive experience for their listeners. The lyrics delve into themes of darkness, nature, and Norse mythology, intertwining with the music to create a truly immersive journey.

"Stormblåst" solidifies Dimmu Borgir's status as torchbearers of Norwegian black metal, showcasing their musical prowess and their ability to craft haunting atmospheres. It serves as a testament to their relentless pursuit of darkness and artistic expression, leaving an indelible mark on the genre.

Music Genre:

 Norwegian Black Metal 

Album Production Information:

 Album front cover design: Joachim Luetke

Album back cover design: Ald Borjesson

Album cover photography: Dimmu Borgir

Record Label Information:

 Nuclear Blast NB 1604
Packaging: This album "DIMMU BORGIR - Stormblast " includes the original custom inner sleeve with album details, complete lyrics of all songs by and artwork.

Media Format:

 12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: DIMMU BORGIR - Stormblast
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Silenoz – lead vocals and lead guitar
  • Shagrath – lead guitar and vocals
  • Tjodalv – drums
  • Brynjard Tristan – bass guitar
  • Stian Aarstad – synthesizers and piano
Complete Track-listing of the album "DIMMU BORGIR - Stormblast "

The detailed tracklist of this record "DIMMU BORGIR - Stormblast " is:

    Track-listing e:
  1. "Alt lys er svunnet hen" ("All Light Has Faded Away") 6:07
  2. "Broderskapets ring" ("The Circle of Brotherhood") 5:10
  3. "Når sjelen hentes til helvete" ("When the Soul is Brought to Hell") 4:33
  4. "Sorgens kammer" ("Chamber of Sorrow") 6:21
  5. "Da den kristne satte livet til" ("When the Christian Lost His Life") 3:08
  6. "Stormblåst" ("Stormblown") 6:16
  7. "Dødsferd" ("Journey of Death") 5:30
  8. "Antikrist" ("Antichrist") 3:43
  9. "Vinder fra en ensom grav" ("Winds From a Lonely Grave") 4:28
  10. "Guds fortapelse - åpenbaring av dommedag" ("God's Damnation — Revelation of Judgment Day") 4:24

 

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DIMMU BORGIR - Stormblast Nuclear Blast Records 12" LP Vinyl Album
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Photo Of The Back Cover DIMMU BORGIR - Stormblast Nuclear Blast Records 12" LP Vinyl Album

 

DIMMU BORGIR - Stormblast Nuclear Blast Records 12" LP Vinyl Album
 back cover

First Photo Of Custom Inner Sleeve DIMMU BORGIR - Stormblast Nuclear Blast Records 12" LP Vinyl Album

 

DIMMU BORGIR - Stormblast Nuclear Blast Records 12" LP Vinyl Album
 custom inner sleeve

Second Photo Of Custom Inner Sleeve DIMMU BORGIR - Stormblast Nuclear Blast Records 12" LP Vinyl Album

 

DIMMU BORGIR - Stormblast Nuclear Blast Records 12" LP Vinyl Album
 custom inner sleeve

Close up of Side One record's label DIMMU BORGIR - Stormblast Nuclear Blast Records 12" LP Vinyl Album

"Stormblast" Record Label Details: Nuclear Blast NB 1604

"Stormblast" Record Label Details: Nuclear Blast NB 1604

Side Two Close up of record's label DIMMU BORGIR - Stormblast Nuclear Blast Records 12" LP Vinyl Album

 

Side Two Close up of record's label DIMMU BORGIR - Stormblast Nuclear Blast Records 12" LP Vinyl Album
 
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Band Description:

 Dimmu Borgir is a Norwegian symphonic black metal band that has been active since 1993. The band's name is derived from the Icelandic volcanic formation Dimmuborgir, which translates to "dark cities" or "dark castles." Over the years, the band has gained a cult following and has become one of the most influential and respected bands in the black metal genre.

 Dimmu Borgir's music is characterized by a unique blend of black metal and classical music. The band's sound is heavy and aggressive, with blast beats, tremolo picking, and harsh vocals, but it is also grand and epic, with orchestral arrangements, choirs, and keyboard melodies. The band's lyrics are often dark and occult-themed, dealing with topics such as Satanism, anti-Christianity, and Nordic mythology.

 The band was formed in 1993 by Shagrath (vocals), Silenoz (guitar), and Tjodalv (drums). Their early releases, including the albums "For All Tid" (1994) and "Stormblåst" (1996), were raw and primitive, with a strong influence from the second wave of black metal. However, the band's sound began to evolve with the addition of keyboardist Mustis and bassist Nagash, who brought a more melodic and symphonic approach to the band's music.

 In 1997, Dimmu Borgir released their breakthrough album "Enthrone Darkness Triumphant," which marked a significant shift in the band's sound. The album featured a more polished production, a greater emphasis on symphonic elements, and a wider range of vocal styles. The album's success helped to establish Dimmu Borgir as one of the leading bands in the black metal scene, and it paved the way for the band's later releases.

 In the years that followed, Dimmu Borgir continued to push the boundaries of black metal, experimenting with new sounds and styles. The albums "Spiritual Black Dimensions" (1999), "Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia" (2001), and "Death Cult Armageddon" (2003) all received critical acclaim and expanded the band's fan base. The band's live performances were also renowned for their theatricality, with elaborate costumes, pyrotechnics, and stage props.

 Despite their success, Dimmu Borgir has faced criticism from some black metal purists who accuse them of "selling out" and diluting the genre's raw and aggressive spirit. However, the band's supporters argue that their music is a natural evolution of black metal, and that they have successfully integrated symphonic and classical elements into the genre without compromising its essence.

 In recent years, Dimmu Borgir has been less active, with the band members pursuing other projects and taking a break from touring. However, they remain an important and influential band in the black metal genre, and their legacy continues to inspire new generations of musicians and fans.