Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia

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Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia
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Studio album by Dimmu Borgir
Released 20 March 2001
Recorded October-November 2000 at Studio Fredman
Gothenburg, Sweden
Genre Symphonic black metal
Length 57:58
Label Nuclear Blast Records
Producer Dimmu Borgir, Fredrik Nordström
Dimmu Borgir chronology
Spiritual Black Dimensions
(1999)Spiritual Black Dimensions1999
Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia
Alive in Torment
(2002)Alive in Torment2002

Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia is the fifth studio album by Norwegian black metal band Dimmu Borgir. It was released by Nuclear Blast Records in 2001. This is the first album to feature drummer Nicholas Barker, guitarist Galder, and ICS Vortex on bass. It is also the first album upon which the band used real orchestral instrumentation instead of keyboard lines.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]

AllMusic wrote, "A minority of purists might see this as too much of a departure, a complaint that would have more merit if Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia wasn't as exquisite as it is diverse."[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Fear and Wonder" (Instrumental)   Mustis 2:48
2. "Blessings Upon the Throne of Tyranny" Silenoz Galder, Silenoz, Shagrath 5:18
3. "Kings of the Carnival Creation" Silenoz Mustis, Silenoz, Shagrath 7:48
4. "Hybrid Stigmata - The Apostasy" Silenoz Shagrath, Silenoz, Mustis 6:57
5. "Architecture of a Genocidal Nature" Shagrath Silenoz, Shagrath 6:08
6. "Puritania" Silenoz, Morten Lunde Shagrath 3:06
7. "IndoctriNation" Silenoz Silenoz, Shagrath, Mustis 5:57
8. "The Maelstrom Mephisto" Silenoz Silenoz, Archon, Galder, Shagrath, Mustis 4:42
9. "Absolute Sole Right" Silenoz Silenoz, Shagrath, Mustis 6:26
10. "Sympozium" Vortex Mustis, Shagrath, Silenoz 5:13
11. "Perfection or Vanity" (Instrumental)   Shagrath 3:30
Limited Japanese Edition bonus tracks
No. Title Music Length
1. "Devil's Path" (2000 Version) Silenoz, Shagrath 6:06
2. "Burn in Hell" (Twisted Sister cover) Dee Snider 5:05


Dimmu Borgir[edit]

  • Orchestration arranged and conducted by Gaute Storås
  • Recorded with the Gothenburg Opera Orchestra [tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10 & 11]
  • Annica Kroon, Annika Hjelm, Bertil Lindh, Catherine Claesson, Nicola Boruvka, Per Enokson, Thore Svedlund - violins
  • Henrik Edström, Nils Edin, Per Högberg - violas
  • Grzegorz Wybraniec, Johan Stern - cellos
  • Bo Eklund - double bass
  • Charlie Storm – sample manipulation on "Puritania"
Technical staff


Chart Peak
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[2] 23
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[3] 71
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[4] 11
French Albums (SNEP)[5] 66
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[6] 16
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[7] 16
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[8] 14
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[9] 28