Album review: Dimmu Borgir – Inspiratio Profanus

It’s their takes on classics from other genres that really catch the ear, though. A synth-laden rework of Dead Men Don’t Rape from Californian industrial legends G.G.F.H., for instance, offers a whole different flavour of darkness, and perspective on what Dimmu’s sound would become. Twisted Sister’s Burn In Hell veers into classic doom territory before they punch the accelerator once again. The murmuring organs and staccato operatics of Deep Purple’s 1984 classic Perfect Strangers ensure it remains oddly recognisable. But it’s their show-stealing take on Accept anthem Metal Heart that’ll ring longest in the memory: all face-melting six-strings and fist-thrusting fervour.

Of course, hardcore fans will doubtless have most, if not all, of these deep cuts tucked into their collection already. But it’s still a hell of a way to celebrate a big birthday for one of heavy metal’s corpse-painted best.

Verdict: 4/5

For fans of: Venom, Celtic Frost, Accept

Inspiratio Profanus is out now via Nuclear Blast