Enthrone Darkness Triumphant

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Enthrone Darkness Triumphant
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Studio album by
Released30 May 1997 (1997-05-30)
RecordedJanuary 1997 at The Abyss in Ludvika, Sweden
GenreSymphonic black metal
LabelNuclear Blast
ProducerDimmu Borgir
Dimmu Borgir chronology
Devil's Path
Enthrone Darkness Triumphant
Godless Savage Garden

Enthrone Darkness Triumphant is the third studio album by Norwegian black metal band Dimmu Borgir, released on 30 May 1997 through Nuclear Blast Records. It was the band's first release through Nuclear Blast. This is the last release to feature keyboardist Stian Aarstad and the first with bassist Nagash.


The album has been released on many formats, including a limited edition vinyl (300 white and 1000 black). In 2002, a deluxe CD version was released with bonus material. Enthrone Darkness Triumphant was also the band's first album to display their second logo, though the old "black metal" logo is seen in the back cover artwork on the original printing. Due to concerns from Nuclear Blast,[citation needed] the lyrics of "Tormentor of Christian Souls" were omitted from the disc's liner notes. "Master of Disharmony" and "Raabjorn speiler Draugheimens skodde" are re-recorded versions of older, already released tracks (from Devil's Path and For all tid respectively).

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
The Metal Review10/10 stars[2]
The Metal Observer9.5/10 stars
Chronicles of Chaos9/10 stars[3]
Rock Hard (de)9/10[4]

AllMusic praised the album, writing, "One of the most important Scandinavian metal discs ever, Dimmu Borgir's Enthrone Darkness Triumphant is the group's unquestioned masterpiece."[1] In 2005, Enthrone Darkness Triumphant was ranked number 298 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Dimmu Borgir.

1."Mourning Palace"5:13
2."Spellbound (By the Devil)"4:08
3."In Death's Embrace"5:42
4."Relinquishment of Spirit and Flesh"5:32
5."The Night Masquerade"4:25
6."Tormentor of Christian Souls"5:39
8."Master of Disharmony"4:15
9."Prudence's Fall"5:56
10."A Succubus in Rapture"5:59
11."Raabjørn speiler Draugheimens skodde" ("Raabjørn Reflects the Mist of Draugheimen")5:02
Total length:56:38


Chart Peak position
German Album Charts[6] 75
The Official Finnish Charts[7] 26


Dimmu Borgir
Additional personnel


  1. ^ a b Anderson, Jason. "Enthrone Darkness Triumphant - Dimmu Borgir". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-10-27.
  2. ^ "Enthrone Darkness Triumphant (Reloaded)". Archived from the original on 2011-07-02. Retrieved 2012-11-27.
  3. ^ Review by Pedro Azevedo
  4. ^ Wendel, Kai. "Rock Hard review". issue 121. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  5. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 93. ISBN 3-89880-517-4.
  6. ^ "charts.de". Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  7. ^ "finnishcharts.com". Archived from the original on 30 September 2008. Retrieved 1 June 2013.