An excellent piece of atmospheric Black Metal, "Stormblåst" is often considered to be DIMMU BORGIR's peak performance, the ultimate demonstration of their abilities to enslave your earing sense and make you fall in staring awe. Even now, listening to it I cannot help but drool on the piano-only instrumental song "Sorgens kammer" with its brilliant harmony of sad notes and depressing feeling. Painfully beautiful, this song [as well as most songs on this record] will project in your mind vivid images of sorrow and anguish, sadness and emptiness. The emotions are well demonstrated throughout the record and can literally be lived and suffered even if the lyrics themselves cannot be analysed. Why, you might ask? Well, if you take a quick look at the songtitles you will notice that they are written in a foreign language that is none other than Norwegian (Maybe you should ask Wes, he seems to get a Norwegian-specialist with his reviews of DARKTHRONE and ENSLAVED ;) - Alex). Indeed, the album is entirely sung in this somewhat dark and gloomy language and it just fits the music so well you could almost wonder why DIMMU BORGIR didn't keep it that way with later albums.
I don't really like to describe tracks independently, but I must say that the very first song of the record called "Alt lys er svunnet hen" completely mystified me since the first time I listened to it. When piano sessions collide with fast-paced guitars, you're certain to have a lucky combination.
If I had to give a score to this album based only on atmosphere, I would surely give it a perfect 10 out of 10 due to the fact that it's simply the best atmospheric work I've ever seen! Black Metal as it was meant to be, without many fancy electronics and effects. Unfortunately, there is a down side to the album you cannot deny, the inevitable always happens: you grow tired of it. By "tired" I mean that even though the songs are magnificently crafted and well-written, they are very similar in design, which brings the ever-present feeling of déjà vu after a few tracks. Nonetheless, even if this album isn't perfect, it's about as close as you can get to flawlessness with this Scandinavian band.
NOTE - You should know that this isn't the same 'DIMMU BORGIR-sound' that we now have in 2001. With the line-up changes that occurred in the past and the musical evolution of the band, this album cannot be compared with their new style.