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Though originally a seminal member of Norway's early black metal scene, Dødheimsgard (now known simply as DHG) have followed many of their contemporaries and evolved into something entirely different with the passing of time. Originally consisting of guitarist/vocalist Aldrahn, bassist Fenriz (best known as one half of infamous black metal figureheads Darkthrone) and drummer Vicotnik (also a member of Ved Buens Ende), the group's debut album Kronet Til Konge was released at the height of black metal's heyday in 1995 and is widely considered a classic of that genre. 1996's Monumental Posession saw Fenriz replaced by ex-Emperor bassist Jonas Alver as well as the inclusion of Aura Noir guitarist Apollyon, taking a step in the direction of death metal but remaining largely a straightforward extreme metal release.

A personnel overhaul which saw Vicotnik shift to guitar and Apollyon to drums, Alver replaced by Cerebrus on bass, Galder of Old Man's Child/Dimmu Borgir's inclusion as a secondary guitarist and Mr. Magic Logic (Svein Egil Hatlevik of Fleurety) joining as a keyboardist as well as providing electronic effects led to a radical shift in direction for the group. 1998's Satanic Art EP introduced far more prominent use of piano, a strong industrial undertone through the use of electronic beats, Aldrahn's black metal vocals shifting to a strange spoken/shouted style, the inclusion of a violin (!) on one track, and most importantly a tendancy towards schizophrenic, unpredictable song structures which shifted feverishly from idea to idea. Though Galder and Cerebrus would exit following this release (leaving Apollyon to shift to bass and Vicotnik's Ved Buens Ende bandmate Czral to take over on drums), the ensuing full-length album 666 International was very much in the same style, polarizing black metal fans and placing the band firmly into the territory of extremely avant-garde progressive metal.

Unfortunately, they would essentially vanish after this one release, the band members each pursuing their own seperate projects. In 2003 Vicotnik shortened the group's name to DHG and assembled an entirely new lineup featuring Code vocalist Mat McNerney, Paradigma guitarist Thrawn and bassist Clandestine (among others). A new album titled Supervillain Outcast is due for a September 2006 release.



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1.70 | 5 ratings
Kronet Til Konge
1995
2.30 | 5 ratings
Monumental Possession
1996
4.19 | 29 ratings
666 International
1999
4.11 | 33 ratings
Supervillain Outcast
2007

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3.13 | 4 ratings
Satanic Art
1998

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 Supervillain Outcast by DODHEIMSGARD album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.11 | 33 ratings

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Supervillain Outcast
Dodheimsgard Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Warthur
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5 stars Dødheimsgard advance the experiments in crossing over industrial metal and black metal they began on 666 International on Supervillain Outcast, an album on the other side of the balance. Whereas 666 International felt like industrialised black metal - in the sense that it had a black metal base with industrial influences - Supervillain Outcast feels to me more like blackened industrial metal, in that it has an industrial metal base and black metal influences.

At points, the band bring in a more accessible, even poppier sound, but they manage to make this work brilliantly - the album's more commercial moments sound like Marilyn Manson would sound had his voice not deteriorated and had he retained his grasp of the zeitgeist rather than sidelining himself into increasing irrelevance.

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 Supervillain Outcast by DODHEIMSGARD album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.11 | 33 ratings

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Review by frippism
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3 stars 3.5 I say.

I was very interested to hear Dodheimsgard. Originally, I've heard of their existence through Czral's blog (Czral is the guitarist/vocalist of Virus, and plays drums in Dodheimsgard.). As I read about them, it sounded like the story of many of today's avant-garde black metal bands. Started out as a fairly traditional sounding black metal band, and have dramatically changed their sound as time went by into a more unorthodox matter. With Dodheimsgard (which means "mansion of death" in Norwegian- very kvlt), it was the inclusion of electronics and the somewhat industrial flavor of the music which has divided Dodheimsgard sound from the others.

And indeed, DHG (short for Dodheimsgard) don't really sound like any other band. While the electronic effect isn't the most dominant in the album, it is usually constituted in the background and fills up the empty pockets of sound which are left by the surprisingly crunchy and precise guitar distortion. These guitars are what make this album rather industrial-metal-sounding. It's a little off putting at first. To be honest I wasn't a fan of the guitar's sound in the beginning, but once you sort of understand their grand scheme in the album, and their ability to mesh with the electronics, you learn to appreciate their purpose and enjoy their presence. This isn't your typical black metal. It is undoubtedly an attempt to tackle the genre- which all of the musicians in the band are long time participants of. The traces of black metal are definitely obvious, particularly in Czral's massive blast beats (this is before the tragic fall which has unfortunately left Czral without the ability to use his legs. Yes a bit of a Robert Wyatt story I agree), and moreover, Kvohst's banshee vocals, along with screams and croons, which I'm a big fan of (It is his vocals in Code's "Resplendent Grotesque" which make that album one of my favorite black metal albums).

The sound elements are rather important in making this album interesting, because the songwriting here can be a bit of a mixed bag for me. While most songs here are good, many are great, some can be a bit dull and there's one that in my eyes falls a bit flat. There's a good amount of variety in the album, and so at least it's almost always interesting, but at times the songwriting is a bit too... for lack of a better word, normal. A bit of a verse-chorus- verse affair at times, unfortunately. This works fine when there's a good balance of electronics with the music. The trouble is that there are a few songs where I'd wish there'd be more electronics, more to chew on. More essence. This is felt particularly in a song like "Apocalypticism". It is a rather, straightforward affair. It is on OK song, but even when the elements of electronics come in, they aren't enough to make the song really grab my attention.

One of the stronger elements of the album, though, are the excellent a-capella interludes. These short affairs are beautifully arranged and layered Gregorian sounding ditties. You can hear Kvohst's excellent croon hear and it is delightful and these interludes serve as nice breaks in between the constant metal going around. Not to say that most of the metal isn't enjoyable, because most of it is crushingly intense, and usually there is enough going on to get make you concentrate on the muzak. Songs like "Vendetta Assassin", and "Ghostforce Soul Constrictor" are loud, precise, and powerful examples of what this group can do at their best. They are songs that present the successful merge of intense, extreme metal, with electronic music, and all around this works great.

I can't say I loved it all, but at its best, "Supervillain Outcast" showed a very promising vision of what DHG's future albums might incorporate. While the songwriting needs some work, these guys show enough creativity and integrity to make this album worthwhile, but it's still a bit of a disappointment. I look forward for future releases, in hope DHG will get a better balance of the elements that make them a very interesting project.

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 666 International by DODHEIMSGARD album cover Studio Album, 1999
4.19 | 29 ratings

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666 International
Dodheimsgard Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Warthur
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4 stars At first listen I wasn't too impressed with Dødheimsgard's 666 International. The opening seemed to me to combine not particularly compelling industrial metal with not particularly compelling black metal, with poor vocals over the top of it. But over the course of listening to the album, these disparate elements got drawn together closer and closer, until a proper fusion was achieved by the time the magnificent Sonar Bliss and Completion were reached. On the whole, I respect Dødheimsgard's achievement here and think overall this is a very good album, though I do still kind of feel that the opening track is a little weak and off-putting.

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 Supervillain Outcast by DODHEIMSGARD album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.11 | 33 ratings

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Review by Conor Fynes
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5 stars 'Supervillain Outcast' - Dodheimsgard (9/10)

On Dodheimsgard's third record '666 International', this once-orthodox Norwegian black metal band revolutionized their sound by adding a challenging layer of experimental electronics and industrial influence. As rocky a listen as it was, the inventiveness of that record is as alive today as it was when it first came out. Naturally, now that Dodheimsgard had turned black metal on its side, they would be expected to explore this new idea further, and that's exactly what happens with 'Supervillain Outcast'. In effect, Dodheimsgard refines their style into something that feels much more realized and intense than they sounded earlier before. The industrial element of their sound has been extended far beyond a gimmick, now only serves to add to the bleak atmosphere that the music creates. It still has its roots in the straightforwad black metal that Dodheimsgard once played, but 'Supervillain Outcast' stands as being one of the most challenging metal albums I have ever listened to.

It is not often to hear Darkthrone-esque black metal propped up against avant-electronica and something I might only be inclined to call Satanic dance pop. Just as '666 International' was, 'Supervillain Outcast' is a diverse, multi-faceted work, and for any who have heard '666 International' before and could not find anything to love, this one may not be any better. That being said, there have been some stark improvements in the way Dodheimsgard executes their sound. The production is given a much livelier tone, and while variety is ey to what the band does here, the music flows comfortably from one avant-garde nightmare to the next. Kvohst takes his place as the new vocalist for the band, and his performance really adds to the feel of the music, both in regards to his growls, and a clean, eerie croon, not too unlike Vicotnik's performance with Ved Buens Ende. The lyrics here are vividly powerful, often using sick, often disturbing metaphors to convey the imagery. Suffice to say, it very much reflects the distorted, deranged sound of the music.

Musically, Dodheimsgard's sound is incredibly chaotic, and certainly jarring to hear upon the first listen. Although there are some more traditional vocal melodies and harmonies to help balance out the more aggressive aspects of 'Supervillain Outcast', listeners can expect to hear a flurry of all things strange, eerie and wonderful, with sounds being drawn from circus music, dark ambient, and even porn samples, to name a few. On that note, the strength of this album lies greatly in the experimental nature and avant-garde approach that the band takes, and as a result, the more traditional black metal elements of the band often don't feel quite as powerful on their own as they would have outside of this context. 'Supervillain Outcast' may grind against a listener's taste at first, but there is a vulgar genius at work that surprises and bewilders me. '666 International' showed the vast potential of this band, but they take the sound and make it real with 'Supervillain Outcast'.

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 666 International by DODHEIMSGARD album cover Studio Album, 1999
4.19 | 29 ratings

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666 International
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Review by Conor Fynes
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4 stars '666 International' - Dodheimsgard (7/10)

With their third album, the Norwegian black metal outfit Dodheimsgard vastly changed up their sound. Dabbling with experimentation on the 'Satanic Art' EP, the stage was set for the band to achieve a very distinct sound; one that would merge industrial music and orthodox black metal in a style that had never been heard before. In this case, '666 International' is certainly a historically relevant album in the development of black metal, but as a musical listening experience, it can be a bit of a bumpy ride. Now over a decade old, Dodheimsgard's work here still sounds as bizarre as it ever has, but as befalls most pioneers, their experimentation isn't a complete success all the way through. No matter though, because for what its worth, what does work for the band is absolutely incredible.

'Ion Storm' is a fine example of what '666 International' is about; entering with a shout, an industrial beat, and about as generic of a black metal riff as they come. Hearing black metal paired with other, seemingly alien sounds is a bit jarring at first, but by the end of the first track, there is a feeling that it is certainly more than a gimmick, although multiple listens are required for it to really sink in. This grand experiment between the harsh percussion of industrial music and black metal is broken up by a couple of jazzy piano pieces, which ironically turn out to be the best composed pieces of work on the whole album. While I am no stranger or detractor to metal or experimental metal, Dodheimsgard's piano pieces are so well done and beautifully arranged, that they are more enjoyable to listen to than the somewhat mixed impression that the avant-garde aspect gives. 'Carpet Bombing' is about as beautiful as jazz piano gets, and I would love to hear an entire album that sounds just like that.

Dodheimsgard's heavy aspects isn't as simple as merely pairing industrial and black metal; there are nuances here that really help the somewhat lacking flow. The band works some magic by throwing in Opeth-esque mellow breakdowns and sometimes even danceable electronica right next to crushing black metal riffs. The contrast is- once again- rather disconcerting for a first timer, but it is indeed excellent. The avant-garde parts sometimes use some electronic aspects that feel a little out of place (even taking to heart the experimental nature) but the only real weakness here are the vocals, which are often layered with strange phaser effects and mixed far too highly in the record. This can lead to the flimsy sprechzegang performance becoming irritating, especially due to the fact that it is almost working against the really interesting instrumental aspect of the album.

'666 International' must still be lauded for its great ambition, although it cannot be said that all of the aspects that Dodheimsgard works with here work entirely well. All the same, a very refreshing album, especially when put into its context.

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 Supervillain Outcast by DODHEIMSGARD album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.11 | 33 ratings

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Supervillain Outcast
Dodheimsgard Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Zarec

4 stars Right now I'm tired, my stomach is filled with fish and I've just taken my drugs (medicine, no illegal bull[&*!#]). I believe this was the state in which Dodheimsgard composed Supervillain Outcast. The 8 years that had passed since 1999 till 2007 weren't spent in vain. The band, which as I acknowledge had just formed a new line-up, was fresh and fill with new ideas. The result was beyond anything anyone would have expected of them. 666 International had already marked the new tendency in Dodheimsgard's music but it was Supervillain outcast that carved in stone the new approach. Rooted in the classical black metal, Dodheimsgard cut out many of the raw non-sense and add many electronia (idm, electro-industrial) elements to a harsh but clear melody provided by the guitars, bass and drums. But do not think that what they play is conventional. They are by far experimental with many aggressive songs that are infected with sick industrial samples and factory noise while the vocals oscillate from brutal to clean. The clean vocals keep away from general standards and create innovative melodies that unfortunately do not always give a good impression. However, for the sake of avant-garde, they ruin music at some points like in the song All Is Not Self. Additionally, the lead guitar needs to be credited for making some noisy yet melodic music. Sometimes the second guitar stops playing putting emphasis on the main one.

The best tracks on this record are Vendetta Assassin, The Snuff Dreams Are Made of (really, this one blacks out my mind), Apocalypticism (truly scratches your brains) and 21st Century Devil (a dynamic way of ending a very good album).

To sum up, Dodheimsgard is now not your friendly everyday (pseudo)satanist black metal act like most other extreme metal groups from Norway. They are mature, creative and even complex although NOT in a sense related to PROGRESSIVE ROCK. Nonetheless, this boosts up my expectations for the upcoming release that hopefully will not take eight years to appear.

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 Supervillain Outcast by DODHEIMSGARD album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.11 | 33 ratings

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Supervillain Outcast
Dodheimsgard Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by AdamHearst

4 stars Dødheimsgard (which roughly translates into something like 'Mansion of Death') is one of the most underrated Black Metal bands in history. Their work is very avant-garde and experimental... and extremely progressive within the (often quite narrow-minded and conservative) Black Metal genre.

The sound of this album is a mixture of Electronic Industrial and Black Metal, but it's much more organic sounding than their previous album, which i consider a bad thing in this case. I loved the extremely anti-human and mechanical feeling of '666 International'. 'Supervillain Outcast' has a more natural sound, especially with the mostly acoustic drums. The drummer is very good and turns in an amazing performance on every track... but i'd much prefer they return to their unrelenting, cyberblasting, electronic drum sounds.

They haven't totally lost their raging, robotic, post-apocalyptic edge... this album is filled with harsh alien noises and bizarre samples. Nightmarish sounds abound: distorted voices of wounded animals howl in 'Horrorizon' over furious blastbeats... while the hopeless wailing of lost souls can be heard buried in the murk of 'Foe X Foe'.

My favorite track is the most un-Metal on the entire album... 'All Is Not Self' is a lethargic depressive Darkwave anthem. Moaning suicidal vocals languidly drift over abyssic layers of downcast clean guitars and electronic percussion. It's very gloomy and trance-inducing; it produces a totally surreal form of melancholy.

Another depressive favorite: '21st Century Devil' features an excellent Moog-like synth lead in 5/4 timing over dark flowing rivers of distorted guitar and hoarse demonic vocals... and finally an Industrial-style beat in the middle as well.

This is very good material for the most part, but I like '666 International' better. The new vocalist is not quite as engaging as the previous one, and the music sounds overall more streamlined and common... less insane. This is only when compared to their previous work, though, because this album is still lightyears beyond the typical run-of-the-mill Black Metal band.

There is enough unique and interesting music here to merit a hearty recommendation to all open-minded Extreme Prog Metal fans.

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 666 International by DODHEIMSGARD album cover Studio Album, 1999
4.19 | 29 ratings

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666 International
Dodheimsgard Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by AdamHearst

4 stars DHG's greatest strength is their originality; '666 International' sounds like no other band in the world. The closest comparison i can come up with is the Industrial Black Metal band 'Aborym'... but DHG is truly one of a kind.

Their musicianship is mechanically tight, but not particularly technical. The progressiveness of their sound lies mostly in their bizarre avant-garde songwriting style, and the way they seamlessly merge a number of different styles together... i have never heard another band mix Metal and Industrial together as well as DHG.

This album is a dystopian nightmare of rhythmic Industrial noise and raging static-laced Black Metal guitars, most of which would sound at home on Ulver's 'Nattens Madrigal', or any early Darkthrone album. The music is harsh, and you must be somewhat of a masochist to appreciate it. Occasionally, though, clean guitars and grand piano find their way into the mix and add an atmospheric melodic layer.

The turbulent scraped-metal soundscapes are violently punctuated by pounding electronic drums which shift between cyber-blasts and machine-gun Industrial beats similar to Laibach or Skinny Puppy.

Every track has an ever-morphing capricious structure; the songs tend to jump (at breakneck speed) from one musical theme and mood to another. The unpredictability of the song-flows create a jarring effect that keeps you on your toes, and never allows you much comfort.

Vocalist 'Aldrahn' manages to keep the more repetitive musical themes interesting with his histrionic style, which is a gravelly mixture of moaning Darkwave, shouted Industrial, and raspy Black Metal.

I recommend this album highly to any Extreme Metal fan with an adventurous spirit... and it helps a lot if you also happen to enjoy avant garde Electronic and Industrial music.

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 Supervillain Outcast by DODHEIMSGARD album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.11 | 33 ratings

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Supervillain Outcast
Dodheimsgard Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

5 stars "Roll up, Roll up, Come see the oddities, Unaltered beasts, Or the girl who swallowed knives, The invisible cannibal, The strangest foe of all time, ...For your own very eyes, Come see the freaks, Come see the freaks, Children made of raw meat, Shark mouths of blazing impurity, Down in the dumps, Down in the doldrums, Where only the [%*!#]ed up, Forage for their forms"

"Nervous twitches at 2AM, In a bed of cracked ribs, Jerking off in a circus of secrets, Pressure sweating you slowly insane, We all become new fanged Gods, To old for regret, To ill for death, I trust myself and no one else, I drink to your bad health, Like the carrion fiend, At a blessed feast, The bones you were born with, Yearn to be seen, An imperfect fake with the same name, Searching for language, Of an inner being"

The above lyrics are the opening verses from track 8 called Unaltered Beast from DHG(Dødheimsgard) fourth album Supervillain Outcast. The lyrics are here to give you a picture of how twisted DHG are and how excitingly dark and brutal. Dødheimsgard´s last album 666 International which was released in 1999 was one of the most groundbreaking experimental extreme metal albums ever to come out of Norwey ( or anywhere in the world) and it had to be a very hard album to follow up. DHG has done just that with Supervillain Outcast though and with style I must add. Allthough Supervillain Outcast isn´t as groundbreaking as 666 International it´s still one of the best experimental extreme metal albums I have ever heard. It´s taken DHG 8 years before they where ready to make Supervillain Outcast and that´s a pretty long album break, but the time has been used wisely.

It is said here that Czral ( Ved Buens Ende, Virus) plays the drums on Supervillain Outcast like he did on 666 International and it´s right even though shortly after recording the drums for this album he was badly injured falling from a building which means that he is now paralyzed in his feet. On the bands myspace D´arn is credited as DHG´s new drummer.

The music on Supervillain Outcast is primarely black and death metal influenced, but there are influences from genres like Industrial metal, Gothic metal, new wave and avant garde as well which makes this album diverse and unique. Consider yourself warned when I tell you that this is not for the faint of heart as this is extremely aggressive and brutal music. The difference between this album and more primitive death/ black albums is that Supervillain Outcast is sophisticated and cleverly composed.

The vocal style on Supervillain Outcast has to be mentioned too as it is very diverse. You have both deep growling, more aggressive raspy growling, clean vocals and a capella choir arrangements. The first time I listened to Supervillain Outcast the interplay between the deep growling vocals and the aggressive raspy ones reminded me of good old Carcass the way they sounded on Necroticism - Descanting of the Insalibrious. Dødheimsgard has many more tricks up their sleeve though and you can´t accuse them of being a carcass clone. New vocalist Kvohst who has replaced Aldrahn does a great job. He is exactly the kind of new blood Dødheimsgard needed to make a new groundbreaking release. According to DHG´s myspace he has sadly left the band.

There are some truly excellent songs on Supervillain Outcast. My favorites are the fast-paced Vendetta Assassin and Supervillain Serum. Note the porn sample in Supervillain Serum. Pure genious. But besides the experimental black/ death metal songs there are also three a capella songs ( Secret Identity, Chrome Balaclava, Cellar Door) which are nice breaks from the general madness of the album. They work the same way as the horror theme piano pieces did on 666 International. A few other songs stick out and that is Apocalypticism which almost touches Marilyn Manson and goth rock territory, the last song 21st Century Devil which are more mid-paced and epic than what we are used to from Dødheimsgard and All is not Self which touches New Wave territory. All these diversions from the form means that this is a very exciting album all the way through without ever being confusing or inconsistent. All songs has Dødheimsgard written all over them. No one makes music like them. They are a truly unique force.

The musicianship is excellent. I´ve mentioned and praised Kvohst for his diverse vocal range, but the drums on this album are also great and of course main composer and guitarist Vicotnik also has to be mentioned for his adventurous way of thinking music. The programming and samples that are used throughout the album is very well done as well and adds greatly to the atmosphere of the songs.

The production is one of the best metal productions I have ever heard. That´s how good I think it is. The sound is grand when it has to be and closed thight when that is nesseccary. Yusaf Parvez is credited for the production which is Vicotnik´s real name. The man is a genious in my opinion.

This is without a doubt one of the best experimental extreme metal albums I have ever heard. Twisted, dark and brutal yet sophisticated enough to deservedly appear on Prog Archives. I cannot recommend this album enough and it´s one of the most deserved 5 stars that I will ever give. MASTERPIECE.

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 666 International by DODHEIMSGARD album cover Studio Album, 1999
4.19 | 29 ratings

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666 International
Dodheimsgard Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

5 stars 666 International is the third studio album from norwegian experimental extreme metal band Dødheimsgard. Their first two albums were pretty raw and simple black metal with eighties thrash tendencies but it was with their Satanic Art EP from 1998 that the experimentation began ( I can recommend that one). On 666 International the transformation from primitive black metal to intelligent experimental extreme metal is finished. This will probably be their crowning achivement as the standard they set with this album will be very hard to beat. I have listened a lot to their latest album Supervillain Outcast which is a masterpiece just like 666 International, but I think 666 International is just a notch better.

The music is very experimental. There are elements from black metal, industrial noises, eighties thrash metal ( the most evident influence is Voivod) and psychadelia. A really exciting mix. The songs generally have lots of sections and moods which means that this music is very challenging. It´s also very inaccessible and demands your full attention for the first many listens. It´s taken me 8 years to learn to appreciate, so be patient if you dislike it on the initial listen, you might like it after 50 listens. All I can say is that my patience was fully rewarded and 666 International is one of my favorite albums today.

Shiva Interfere starts the album with some horror movie piano that soon gives way to some intense blasting. This intro is over in about 20 seconds and then starts the real song. Aldrahn sings with his tortured vocals over some spacy acoustic guitar and electronic/ industrial sounds. The song changes multible times through the 9+ minutes of playing time.

Ion Storm is a really extreme song in every way possible. The drumming is extremely fast. Hyper blast beats played at the speed of light. It´s so intense I almost lose my breath. The song has a symphonic feel to it even though it´s so extreme. Again Aldrahn delivers some really diverse tortured vocals.

Carpet Bombing is a short horror movie piano piece which comes just at the right time to soothe my ears after the almost unbearably fast and brutal Ion Storm ( In my world this is a positive thing).

Regno Potiri is the longest song on 666 International with it´s 10:19 minutes. The song is very diverse and you have everything from industrial sounding parts to primitive punk like black metal parts to piano parts. Everything controlled by Aldrahn´s sublime vocal delivery.

Final Conquest is a very heavy song with some very distinct percussion drums. There are some very symphonic keyboards in some of the sections while there are also lots of shrieking industrial noises towards the end of the song. A classical inspired piano section is also present in the middle of the song. Allthough this is not my favorite here, it´s still a masterpiece of experimental extreme metal.

Logic is like Carpet Bombing a short classical horror movie piano piece that is a breather in between the mayhem that is Dødheimsgard´s music.

Sonar Bliss starts rather fast paced with blast beats but the song has many moods and sections including a pretty psychadelic guitar piece. There are some pretty exciting programmed sounds in Sonar Bliss that I enjoy very much. Sonar Bliss is a perfect examble of how diverse and powerful Dødheimsgard´s music is. But at the same time it´s also a reminder of how difficult, challenging and inaccessible their music can seem to outsiders.

Magic is another B-horror movie theme played by the piano and it is equally as pleasant or creepy ( whatever suits you) as Carpet Bombing and Logic.

Completion is the last real song on 666 International. It´s a very electronic song. It starts with extremely noisy blastbeating but soon seques into more industrial noisy parts. This might be the most experimental song on the album and the most noisy one too. It shows once again that Dødheimsgard is willing to experiment with genres and sounds.

666 International actually consists of 66 tracks and while the first nine is credited on the sleeve there are 56, 1 to 2 second silent tracks. Track number 66 is an 11 minute track which is actually pretty good. There is only music for the first minute and a half though. I must say that this part of the album is the only flaw on 666 International. I hate these endings where you have to wait for the last song. I guess I should take the last song as a kind of bonus.

The musicianship is outstanding and pretty unusual. Aldrahn, Vicotnik, Apollyon and Czral has this time around enlisted Mr. Magic Logic (Svein Egil Hatlevik) on keyboards and piano. It´s a great addition to Dødheimsgard and Mr. Magic Logic gives the music much of it´s eerie mood. The man has lots of unpleasant carts up his sleeve. He did appear for the first time on the Satanic Art EP from 1998 where his presence was also heavily felt.

The production is masterfully done. It has the thin black metal guitar sound but the layers of drums, industrial keyboard noises and tortured vocals in the music is extremely well emphasised in the mix and brings out the most dark and unpleasant atmosphere you´ll ever hear on any album.

666 International can best be described as the soundtrack to Hell or at least a journey into the twisted mind of obscurity, depression, despair and extreme anger. I understand that it is not all people who would want to expose themselves to this kind of torture ( but what beautiful torture it is) like it´s not everyone who turns on to sadomasocistic sex or other extreme things in life. But the ones who do like some extreme niche in life will know what I ´m talking about. Sometimes it´s just the most ugly beast that turns out beautiful. 666 International is one of the most revolutionizing experimental metal albums in the last 10 years and I love every twisted minute of it. This is a sure 5 star album. Highly recommended to people into experimental extreme metal ( not tech metal). This is THE essential album in that genre.

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