Dagor Dagorath – “Dissident”

Rating: 1/5
Distributor/label: Darzamadicus Records
Released: 2014


Band line-up:

Vorog – Vocals & Guitar
Getman Azach – Vocals & Keyboards
Mizgir – Bass Guitar

  1. Intro
  2. Panopticon
  3. Possessed
  4. Dear Leader
  5. Desired Hellspont
  6. Dissident
  7. Fire And Forget
  8. Sign Of Kain
  9. Dazzled By Light And Darkness
  10. Zion

Oh Goody, a black metal band with keyboards? I wonder if they’ll take the interesting musical directions of Emperor and other great symphonic black metal bands and incorporate them into the writing process in a new and exciting way to breathe life into the genre?

Or will they just follow the path of Cradle Of Filth, and just shoehorn and plaster loud distracting and unnecessary keyboards over lacklustre, mediocre and bland songwriting?

Sadly Dagor Dagorath go down the latter path, and deliver what I can only describe as a pointless contribution to an already overly saturated and boring subgenre.

The keyboards serve nothing to the songwriting which is already cursed with unimaginative cliches and gimmicks. Everything you’d expect from Cradle Of Filth, Dimmu Borgir and Abigail Williams minus any of the originality and creativity that may have graced those bands initial releases.

The musicianship while not lacking in technical ability, suffers with a lack of purpose… And don’t get me started on the lyrics, I try not to be overly critical of a band writing lyrics in a language that is not their native, but surely Dagor Dagorath would have been far more proficient singing in their own language, rather then delivering english lyrics that lack not only grammar, but also flow, sense and understanding.

The production is vile;  The keyboards dominating the mix in ludicrous points. While the other instrumentation is washed with “modern metal” production: Over produced, soulless, generic, overly compressed and synthetic.

Overall this album angers me with it’s lack of purpose, it’s soulless delivery. It’s symphonic metal by numbers which serves not to compliment and breathe new life into the genre, but to just stagnate and dilute it.

Review by Danny Page