DAGOR DAGORATH – Dissident (CD)
Israeli symphonic black metal extremists Dagor Dagorath play an exotic blend of Israeli instruments along with the more traditional symphonic laden black metal music.
“Dissident” is a very well played and orchestrated album, with tons of obscure atmospheres. There are a lot of dark and eerie arrangements skillfully incorporated in all nine of their songs here. Dagor Dagorath remind of Dimmu Borgir, with awesome hints of Aborym and Emperor, with even some synth club-like elements found on the eclectic “Dazzled By Light And Darkness”. Don’t worry, this is not a dancy song, just features some really neat keyboard lines towards the end of the song.
Considering this band is a three piece, they sound like a six piece band with tons of talent and creativity. These guys are very focused on the uniqueness of their songwriting and musical abilities, and it definitely comes across clearly on “Dissident”.
However, I was not too pleased with their studio production, as it sounded a bit too thin in the guitar and drum departments. Surprisingly, the vocals and synths came out sounding good, with loads of unholy vibes. The studio production, mixing and mastering is something, which should come with future releases and experience with time. The sound here is not that terrible, so it is something, which should not hurt the delivery of their songs.
Dagor Dagorath should be judged on the strengths of their creative vision and an epic direction their songwriting takes on this CD. I can only see this band getting better and better with time, maybe even becoming as well known as Dimmu Borgir someday. Seeing that they’ve now been together as a band since 2003, 12 years to be exact, is a positive sign in the band’s future merits. Check it out and let the ancient and dark feelings of Israel and the Middle East engulf your spirit. [Self-Financed] Sarjoo Devani