Death Cult Armageddon

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Death Cult Armageddon
Cover art by Joachim Luetke
Studio album by Dimmu Borgir
Released 9 September 2003
Recorded March–May 2003 at Fredman Studio, Gothenburg, Sweden
Genre Symphonic black metal, black metal
Length 63:29
Label Nuclear Blast (#NB 1047)
Producer Dimmu Borgir & Fredrik Nordström
Dimmu Borgir chronology
World Misanthropy
(2002)
Death Cult Armageddon
(2003)
Stormblåst MMV
(2005)
Alternative Cover
Singles from Death Cult Armageddon
  1. "Progenies of the Great Apocalypse"
    Released: 21 August 2003
  2. "Vredesbyrd"
    Released: 14 May 2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
The Metal Review 9.2/10 stars [2]

Death Cult Armageddon is the sixth studio album by Norwegian symphonic black metal band Dimmu Borgir, released on 8 September 2003. It has since sold over 100,000 copies in the United States; the first album under Nuclear Blast to do so; and debuted on the Billboard 200 chart at number 169.[3] The song "Progenies of the Great Apocalypse" is released as single with accompanying music video. The prior song featuring additional vocals from Abbath; along with "Heavenly Perverse"; being used, with "Eradication Instincts Defined", as background music in the Hellboy film trailer, on the soundtrack to the videogame Brütal Legend, and was featured as the theme song to the TV show Battle for Ozzfest. "Eradication Instincts Defined" was also used in a trailer for the film Stardust and the independent game "Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet". Parts of the album were recorded with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. This would also be the last album to have Nicholas Barker on drums.

The artwork within the album displays what appears to be an industrial factory, inside of which the band members are living out their fantasies, some of which are similar to scenes seen in the music video for Progenies of the Great Apocalypse. Artwork was done by Swiss artist Joachim Luetke. Most of the songs have a common apocalyptic theme, and the track "Unorthodox Manifesto" features a rhythmic motif taken from the Terminator films.

This is also their first album to feature their third and current logo.

Release history[edit]

Death Cult Armageddon saw initial release on CD, vinyl and DVD-Audio on 8 September 2003 under Nuclear Blast,[4] the DVD-Audio edition featuring all three bonus tracks, the "Progenies of the Great Apocalypse" music video and photo galleries,[5] which later featured on the Ozzfest edition bonus disc, and the Digipack editions featured the Bathory cover "Satan My Master". The Chinese edition was later released on 3 November 2003[6] and the Japanese edition was released the following month on 23 December 2003 with the orchestral bonus tracks.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Silenoz, except track 6 with Shagrath; track 10 with Aldrahn; and "Satan My Master" by Quorthon

No. Title Music Length
1. "Allegiance"   Shagrath, Galder, Mustis 5:50
2. "Progenies of the Great Apocalypse"   Mustis 5:17
3. "Lepers Among Us"   Galder, Silenoz, Shagrath 4:43
4. "Vredesbyrd" (Burden of Wrath) Mustis, Shagrath, Silenoz 4:44
5. "For the World to Dictate Our Death"   Shagrath 4:46
6. "Blood Hunger Doctrine"   Silenoz, Mustis 4:39
7. "Allehelgens Død I Helveds Rike" (The Death of All Saints in The Kingdom of Hell) Silenoz, Galder, Mustis, Vortex 5:33
8. "Cataclysm Children"   Galder, Silenoz 5:13
9. "Eradication Instincts Defined"   Mustis, Silenoz 7:12
10. "Unorthodox Manifesto"   Galder, Mustis, Silenoz, Shagrath 8:50
11. "Heavenly Perverse"   Vortex, Galder, Shagrath 6:33
Ozzfest edition bonus disc
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Satan My Master" (Bathory cover) Quorthon 2:14
2. "Burn In Hell" (Twisted Sister cover) Dee Snider 5:05
3. "Devil's Path" (Re-recorded) Silenoz, Shagrath 6:06
4. "Progenies of the Great Apocalypse" (Orchestral version) Mustis 5:15
5. "Eradication Instincts Defined" (Orchestral version) Mustis, Silenoz 7:24
6. "Progenies of the Great Apocalypse" (Video Clip)    

Personnel[edit]

Dimmu Borgir
Guests
Technical staff

Footnotes[edit]