We spent our Monday night at Terminal 5, spending one of the first light-shortened days doing what we do best, seeing metal live. Black metal, specifically. Dimmu Borgir and Enslaved, specifically.
We saw the last few songs of Enslaved’s set (which was still more than half since they only played 7 songs), but they were awesome. They closed with Isa, growled a lot, and got the crowd feeling pretty GRIM.
DISCLAIMER: We were once insane Dimmu fans, spending boozed-up nights staying up all night watching their live DVDs, wishing we could sing opera, wishing we had corpse paint and such.
Dimmu, what can I say. Back in the day (Enthrone Darkness Triumphant and Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia era), I would’ve been drooling before the show started, in tears afterwards, but their last few albums have been total shit. So I wasn’t expecting all that much.
Their stage was ridiculous, as was their posturing and posing.
Galder looked like a pedophile as per the usual, while Shagrath was sporting a ridiculous amount of spike bling, as well as a pretty fabulous fur coat/woodlands gear.
Dimmu’s new snow theme was quite ridiculous, and actually quite refreshing, as it made me reflect on more “authentic” black metal bands, like the amazing Immortal.
Song-wise, they played a few older songs, Indoctrination, Puritania (one of my all-time favs), and Spellbound by the Devil, but no Kings of the Carnival Creation. SAD FACE.
Overall, a fun show, albeit lacking in true GRIMNESS. Not a bad way to spend a Monday.
6 out of 10 Decapitated Heads
(the Deciblog has a more in-depth review)