Eonian

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Eonian
Dimmu Borgir - Eonian cover art.jpg
Studio album by Dimmu Borgir
Released May 4, 2018
Genre Symphonic black metal
Length 54:19
Label Nuclear Blast
Producer Dimmu Borgir
Dimmu Borgir chronology
Abrahadabra
(2010)
Eonian
(2018)
Singles from Eonian
  1. "Interdimensional Summit"
    Released: February 23, 2018
  2. "Council of Wolves and Snakes"
    Released: March 30, 2018

Eonian is the tenth studio album by Norwegian black metal band Dimmu Borgir, which was released on May 4, 2018.

Background[edit]

Production of Eonian originally started at least in 2012 but faced many delays for years after. However, it was given an eventual official release date of May 4, 2018, which ended up being their first original studio album in nearly 8 years following 2010's Abrahadabra.[1] The band self-produced the album while the engineering was handled by Jens Bogren. Dimmu Borgir had to re-sign to their current label Nuclear Blast and reflect on communication during the eight-year gap. During this gap, three of the band members became fathers and focused on their family life.[2] When describing the album's sound, Silenoz stated that the symphonic metal parts are more symphonic while the black metal sound of Dimmu is more black metal this time around.[3] In April, Dimmu Borgir announced limited tour dates for the month of August 2018 with the band playing shows in Las Vegas, Chicago, Toronto, and New York City.[4]

The first single from the album, 'Interdimensional Summit' was released on February 23, 2018 on 7 inch vinyl with an accompanying promotional video.[5] The song received a mixed reception from fans due to its inclusion of folk metal elements to the music.[4] The second single, 'Council of Wolves and Snakes' was released on March 30, 2018 with an accompanying music video.[6]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Exclaim!6/10[7]
Metal Hammer4/5 stars[8]
Metal Injection10/10 stars[9]
Metal Storm6.4/10[10]
MetalSucks2/5 stars[11]

Eonian received mixed reviews from critics upon release. ScreamingSteelUS of Metal Storm (webzine) gave the album a 6.4/10 stating that "this is just Nightwish with Emperor Palpatine on vocals" while also finding the choirs to be irritating.[10] Axl Rosenberg of MetalSucks gave the album two out of five stars mentioning that: "Yes, Dimmu are a symphonic band, but while Death Cult Armageddon used the symphony to paint soaring visions of the apocalypse and northern winds ripping your face off, Eonian seems content to use it as a go-to gimmick that does nothing for the atmosphere of the album other than corrode it". He then cited the album as "too happy" and said that if he wanted happy, he would go watch The Wiggles. Max Morin of Exclaim! gave the album a 6/10 citing that "although frontman Shagrath has one of the most recognizable voices in metal, Dimmu haven't replaced the vocals of ICS Vortex, which were the highlight of their best releases". Morin believes that only on first single, "Interdimensional Summit", is where the symphonic parts of the album hit as they should.[7] A more positive review came from Don Lawson of Metal Hammer who gave Eonian four out of five stars noting that the songs on the album are complex and memorable. He commented that "where Abrahadabra occasionally felt over-egged, Eonian is a masterclass in fine details and finesse.[8]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."The Unveiling"5:47
2."Interdimensional Summit"4:39
3."Ætheric"5:27
4."Council of Wolves and Snakes"5:19
5."The Empyrean Phoenix"4:44
6."Lightbringer"6:06
7."I Am Sovereign"6:48
8."Archaic Correspondance"4:55
9."Alpha Aeon Omega"5:18
10."Rite of Passage" (Instrumental)5:16

Personnel[edit]