As one of the most dominant forces in contemporary black metal, Norway's Dimmu Borgir has consistently bested themselves (and most contenders) with each of their albums. Though 2001's "Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia" appeared to be an apogee for the group with its puzzling complexity and ruthlessly aggressive melodicism showing a band at the height of its powers, "Death Cult Armageddon" raises the stakes even higher. Leaning harder upon keyboard lines would seem to be anathema to making a better death-metal record, the bombastic digital sinfonia of Mustis only adds to the crushing impact of the band. Epic touches swoop in and surround each track, and though occasionally comical in flourish, they're also spine-tingling effective and add exponentially to the overall dark vibe the group has perfected.
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