Dimmu Borgir ‎– Abrahadabra

Nuclear Blast ‎– NB 2348-2, Nuclear Blast ‎– 27361 23482
CD, Album, Enhanced

Tracklist Hide Credits

1 Xibir 2:50
2 Born Treacherous 5:02
3 Gateways
Lead Guitar [Guest Leads] – Andy SneapVocals [Guest] – Agnete Kjølsrud
4 Chess With The Abyss 4:08
5 Dimmu Borgir 5:35
6 Ritualist 5:13
7 The Demiurge Molecule 5:29
8 A Jewel Traced Through Coal 5:16
9 Renewal
Lead Guitar [Guest Leads] – Andy Sneap
10 Endings And Continuations
Slide Guitar – Ricky BlackVocals [Guest] – Agnete Kjølsrud, Kristoffer Rygg
Video Gateways 5:04

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Comes in generic clear jewel case.

Drums & vocals recorded in Dugout Studios, Uppsala, Sweden.
Guitars & bass recorded in Livingroom Studios, Oslo, Norway.
Keys & additional tracking recorded at Pimp Plaza Recordings, Oslo, Norway.
Orchestra & choirs done at the NRK Studios, Oslo, Norway.

Cover, album-artwork, packaging-development & band-photos done for Image Eye-Luetke Prod. Vienna.

Track Video is in Flash Video format.

℗+© 2010

Total running time: 48:54

Copies sold in Norway may have a sticker on the front, with the following text in all caps:
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Copies may also include a 4-page insert of official Dimmu Borgir merchandise.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (String): 727361234829
  • Barcode (Text): 7 27361 23482 9
  • Label Code: LC 07027
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): NB2348-2DLT 08 OMM Technicolor
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): NB2348-2DLT 03 OMM Technicolor
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3): NB2348-2DLT 04 OMM Technicolor
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4): NB2348-2DLT 03 OMM Technicolor
  • Mastering SID Code (All variants): IFPI LR77
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI UGAB
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI UGAP
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI UGAB
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 4): IFPI UGAB
  • Rights Society: GEMA

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
none Dimmu Borgir Abrahadabra(12xFile, AAC, 256 + File, MPEG-4 Video) Nuclear Blast none 2010
EMCD 0140 Dimmu Borgir Abrahadabra(CD, Album, Enh) Evolution Music (2) EMCD 0140 South Korea 2010 Sell This Version
IROND CD 10-1731 Dimmu Borgir Abrahadabra(CD, Album, Enh, Dig) Irond IROND CD 10-1731 Russia 2010 Sell This Version
NB 2348-2, 2348-2 Dimmu Borgir Abrahadabra(Box, Dlx, Ltd, Num + CD, Album, Dlx, Enh, Dig) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast NB 2348-2, 2348-2 US 2010 Sell This Version
NB 2348-1, 27361 23481 Dimmu Borgir Abrahadabra(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RP, Cle) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast NB 2348-1, 27361 23481 Germany 2016 Sell This Version



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June 29, 2011
edited over 7 years ago
I have to admit, I lost interest in Dimmu Borgir after Darkness Enthroned Triumphant, not because they were doing anything particularly wrong, but because other acts like Arcturus, Emperor, Opeth, etc, etc, were doing so many more things right. I got this partly out of curiosity, partly because it has a smart title. I was skeptical somewhat about the live orchestrations, as I have been promised this hybrid in the past by other bands, and always felt that the merging of live classical orchestrations (as opposed to the more traditional nordic metal approach of having the classical elements handled by keyboards) and epic metal to be more epic metal with a light sprinkling of classical. Don't get me wrong, I actually am not even close to a classical buff, but I have always felt that under the right guidance, these two genres could make some beautifully brutal music together. Low and behold, I really did not expect that it would be Dimmu Borgir who could pull it off so well. Well, I stand corrected.

Perhaps the aspect that stands out the most are just how well integrated the orchestrations are with the metal. You really get the feeling that they were developed in collaboration and concert, rather than one being tacked on at the end of the other. The absence of ICS Vortex is mitigated by the addition of a choir, which actually do a really amazing job of delivering any clean vocals, wherever they are needed.

I personally think by the end of the album, some of the ideas get a little repetitive, mainly because without the orchestrations, this still sounds very much like the same Dimmu Borgir that I listened to 15 years ago, and other than this new element, the metal itself sounds mostly like business as usual. However, I do feel that this is something that is worth checking out.