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Dimmu Borgir

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Formed: 1993
From: Oslo, Norway
Last Known Status: Active

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Below is our complete Dimmu Borgir news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Dimmu Borgir Posts 2nd Trailer For Blu-Ray Release

A second trailer has now come online for the impending "Forces Of The Northern Night" double DVD / Blu-Ray from Dimmu Borgir, which is due to drop April 28th, 2017.

On this soundtrack of the apocalypse, you can witness two different live shows: a concert in Oslo, showing Dimmu Borgir on stage with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and a bombastic choir, as well as an entire performance at Wacken Open Air with almost 100 musicians in action.

These monumental live rituals mark the beginning of the band's epic return planned for 2017. If you missed the previous trailer, it can still be viewed over here.

Both the show in Oslo and the show at Wacken contain the following live tracks:

01. Xibir (orchestra)
02. Born Treacherous
03. Gateways
04. Dimmu Borgir (orchestra)
05. Dimmu Borgir
06. Chess With The Abyss
07. Ritualist
08. A Jewel Traced Through Coal
09. Eradication Instincts Defined (orchestra)
10. Vredesbyrd
11. Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse
12. The Serpentine Offering
13. Fear And Wonder (orchestra)
14. Kings Of The Carnival Creation
15. Puritania
16. Mourning Palace
17. Perfection Or Vanity (orchestra) More...

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Dimmu Borgir Posts Double DVD Trailer

On April 28th, Norwegian symphonic black metal group Dimmu Borgir will unleash double-DVD/BluRay "Forces Of The Northern Night" upon mankind. The release include two different live shows: a concert in Oslo showing Dimmu Borgir on stage with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and a bombastic choir, as well as the entire performance at Wacken Open Air with almost 100 musicians in action.

These monumental live rituals mark the beginning of the band's epic return planned for 2017, which seems like it will include a new album but hasn't been confirmed yet.

Check out two teaser trailers for the DVD below. Both the show in Oslo and the show at Wacken contain the following live tracks:

01. Xibir (orchestra)
02. Born Treacherous
03. Gateways
04. Dimmu Borgir (orchestra)
05. Dimmu Borgir
06. Chess With The Abyss
07. Ritualist
08. A Jewel Traced Through Coal
09. Eradication Instincts Defined (orchestra)
10. Vredesbyrd
11. Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse
12. The Serpentine Offering
13. Fear And Wonder (orchestra)
14. Kings Of The Carnival Creation
15. Puritania
16. Mourning Palace
17. Perfection Or Vanity (orchestra) More...

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Dimmu Borgir Issues Recording Update

Seven years on from "Abrahadabra," Dimmu Borgir continues the slow crawl towards a new album. Today the band issued the photo below along with this brief update:

"Voices of the apocalypse... It's a wrap...Recording sessions with Schola Cantorum choir now complete! Excellent teamwork: Jock Loveband, Gaute Storaas, Gerlioz, Shagrath #DimmuBorgir2017."

While there's no concrete details of any sort about what was recorded with the choir and when it will see release, we do know Dimmu Borgir will release double DVD "Forces Of The Northern Night" this coming April 14th.

This new DVD will contain two of the band's live rituals: a show in Oslo, presenting Dimmu Borgir on stage with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and a bombastic choir, as well as the entire performance at Wacken Open Air 2012 with almost 100 musicians on stage. More...

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Dimmu Borgir Releasing Double DVD

It's everything we've been waiting seven years for: a new Dimmu Borgir album is coming! Oh, no, wait... that's not it at all.

Norwegian symphonic black metal giant Dimmu Borgir finally emerges from the depths of darkness to mark 2017 with double DVD "Forces Of The Northern Night," due out April 14th.

This new DVD will contain two of the band's live rituals: a show in Oslo, presenting Dimmu Borgir on stage with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and a bombastic choir, as well as the entire performance at Wacken Open Air 2012 with almost 100 musicians on stage.

The shows guide fans through classics from the band's discography - from the majestic finisher "Mourning Palace" to the stomping manifesto "Puritania" and the haunting "Gateways." Front man Shagrath comments:

"For us, this is the pinnacle of our career so far. As a band, we've always used a lot of symphonic elements in our music. But we haven't been able to use a real orchestra. We've had to use samples, synthesisers and so on, so this was a huge, awesome experience for us!" More...

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Dimmu Borgir Re-Signs With Nuclear Blast

In an update that is long overdue, Dimmu Borgir has officially announced an extension of the band's partnership with Nuclear Blast Records. The group posted this message online:

"We wish to inform you that Dimmu Borgir and Nuclear Blast once again put pen to paper, acknowledging the past, present and future by opening another chapter in the history of extreme music! Stay tuned and watch this space for more updates on the new album and the 'Forces of The Northern Night Live' DVD/Blu-Ray release as it becomes available!"

The upcoming album will follow 2010's "Abrahadabra" (reviewed here). Dimmu Borgir's history was also covered in our annual Black Metal History Month - check out the full article here. More...

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Sunday Old School: BMHM Part 3 - Dimmu Borgir

We’ve now reached the halfway mark of our month long descent into darkness that is Black Metal History Month. Though some of the subjects we've look at this month like blasphemy, suicide and murder may be extremely shocking to the uninitiated, to the black metal faithful, perhaps one of the worst things a band could do is find mainstream success. It ruined the credibility of Cradle of Filth, but how would a band from black metal’s spiritual home fare in this situation? We’re about to find out as we continue our month of madness with Dimmu Borgir.

Dimmu Borgir was founded by vocalist Shagrath, guitarist Silenoz and drummer Tjodalv, taking their name from an Icelandic volcanic formation, which translates roughly to "dark cities" in English. They soon recorded an EP entitled, "Inn i evighetens mørke del I," which sold very quickly, leading the trio to record their first full length album with new members Stian Aarstad and Brynjard Tristan, "For all Tid," which was released in 1994 through No Colours Records. The roles were reversed a little on the first album, as Silenoz performed drums and Tjodalv handled guitars, before they switched positions. More...

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Dimmu Borgir Posts Preproduction Clip

Following a tiny 14 second video of guitar playing indicating Dimmu Borgir was finally working on a new album, today we get another trickle from the symphonic black metal outfit.

Shagrath just released a very short video titled "Work In Progress" posted with the hashtags "Dimmu Borgir" and "Preprod," indicating this will be on the band's long-awaited new album sometime in the nebulous future. Check it out below or at Facebook here.

Whatever Dimmu Borgir is currently working on will follow the release of previous full-lenght album "Abrahadabra" (reviewed here) - which came out five years ago! More...

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Dimmu Borgir Issues Album Update... Sort Of

It's been five years since previous album "Abrahadabra" (reviewed here) with next to no info flowing from the Dimmu Borgir camp about new material.

If you were hoping for some big statement about what's happening or any indication as to when it will be done, you should clamp that shit down now, because it ain't happening.

Instead you'll get a tiny 14 second clip of some guitar playing posted through Shagrath's FB page - check it out at Facebook here, along with the super enlightening caption: "New ideas 'in development' here @ Pimp Plaza, #preprod# galder# shagrath #silenoz#studiobound #dimmuborgir."

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Gabe Seeber Posts Dimmu Borgir Drum Cover

Gabe Seeber, drummer for Sacramento, CA's modern death metal juggernaut The Kennedy Veil, has released a new drum cover video performing Dimmu Borgir's "Blessings Upon the Throne of Tyranny." Check it out below.

Produced by Nick Botelho at NB Recording in Santa Rosa, California and featuring the debut of vocalist, Taylor Wientjes, The Kennedy Veil's debut album "Trinity Of Falsehood" is out now and can be streamed at this location.

In the last few years, Gabe has managed to tour across North America and Europe, not only from hitting the road with The Kennedy Veil, but also as the touring drummer for tech death titans, Decrepit Birth, as well as touring with his former band Alterbeast. More...

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Roundtrip To Hel, Part I

THURSDAY, 6/27 - 13:30

“Tuska?”

Unmistakable, husky German accent behind me. I glance over my shoulder, turn, step aside the river of disembarking passengers from the Lufthansa Airbus parked out in the drizzly gray. The veteran green-fatigue-jacketed metalhead, balding, sporting a life-without-parole graying goatee, sticks out his hand.

“Holger. Nuclear Blast.” We shake, he grins and nods at the Testament logo above my lapel, only partially obscured by my boarding pass. He slips me a company card - “Holger Tiefenbach, Distribution & Marketing” - and lifts a finger toward a sign down the corridor: “Matkatavarat.” Luggage.

As we stride through Finland’s Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, locate the carousel for Flight 848 from Frankfurt, and wait for our suitcases to materialize - I was forced to check mine at the last minute and have since developed acute missing-luggage paranoia - Holger brings me up to speed on our shared reason for being here: Tuska Open Air Metal Festival, sixteen years running, 2014 edition set to kick off tomorrow afternoon.

“It used to be held in Kaisaniemi Park, right in the middle of the city. It was the greatest. You’d show up, basically have an afternoon at the park, and then head straight to the bars nearby, when the sun was just barely set.” He seems to almost sigh while tossing off a plaintive, what-are-you-gonna-do shrug. “They moved the location three, four years ago.”

“So it’s not as much fun now?” I want to get my finger on the pulse of conventional wisdom.

He’s quick to clarify. “It’s still awesome. The new location just took some getting used to.” On our painless stroll through the open doorway that passes for an immigration barrier - the stamps and stern looks and “papers, please” stuff was handled back in Germany, natch - Holger gives an inside view of current happenings back at the Nuclear Blast bunker.

“We spent a lot of time promoting that Tuomas Holopainen solo album - the one about Scrooge McDuck,” he tells me. I haven’t heard it, and ask him how it is. “Not metal. That’s how it is,” he chuckles. “But cool if you’re into that wacky stuff, like the last Nightwish album.

“And we signed Slayer!” He clenches a victorious fist like a kid receiving his BB gun on Christmas. “Finally.”

We’ve reached the Arrivals lobby, and a leather-jacketed brunette gives a wave. Rachel Roth (WandererOfKalevala), Metalunderground.com photographer and correspondent, currently residing in Vantaa. We have a bus to catch, and before parting ways with Holger, I bum a cigarette, pocketing the e-cig I’ve been abusing for two months.

I make a half-hearted promise to myself not to do this too much during Tuska (and not to beat myself up for doing just that). Rationalization is still the great human sport. More...

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Bloodstock Live Stream Available This Weekend

This weekend's Bloodstock Open Air Festival will be streamed live over at this location, or by simply watching it in the player here:


Live Stream - Bloodstock Festival 2014 by BloodstockFestival

The schedule of acts set to be streamed live is as follows (all times are BST):

Friday, August 8th:

Bloodshot Dawn - 11.00am
Entombed AD - 12:00
Primordial - 13.05
Flotsam & Jetsam - 14:10
Prong - 15.20
Triptykon - 16.35
Dimmu Borgir - 19.30
Down - 21:15

Saturday, August 9th:

Evil Scarecrow - 11.00am
Shining - 12.00
Decapitated - 13:05
Orphaned Land - 14.10
Lacuna Coil - 16.35
Children of Bodom - 17.55
Carcass - 19.40
Emperor - 21:30

Sunday, August 10th:

Arthemis - 11.00am
Aborted - 12.00
ReVamp - 13.05
Biohazard - 14.10
Obituary - 16.35
Amon Amarth - 19.30
Megadeth - 21.15 More...

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Bloodstock Festival Reveals Full 2014 Lineup

The final bands have now been announced for this year's edition of the Bloodstock Festival, which takes place from August 7th - 10th (get ticket info and other details over here). The organizers of the festival comment:

"The ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ finals have rocked to a conclusion and some more lucky young bands are joining the New Blood stage at Catton Park next month, plus there's a few last additions for the Sophie and Jagermeister stages.

"Balls Deep bring their trad groove metal to the Sophie Lancaster stage. The Brit outfit have been busy honing their ‘Pro-Pain cut with Black Sabbath’ sound, coming on like the bastard sons of Pantera and classic heavy metal.

"Over on the Jagermeister stage, female-fronted power metallers Aceldama will be impressing allcomers with their high octane performance and audience interaction, while New Blood stage stoner rocker’s Resin will be offering an additional acoustic spin on their new material.

"Meanwhile, the New Blood stage welcomes the last clutch of winners from the last batch of M2TM roadshow finals. Goat Leaf bring their doom groove from the Sheffield heats, Oakhaart’s tech death noise hails from Gloucestershire, impressing judges at the Bristol event, Sinpathetic grace us with their death metal from the Preston night, Eradikator’s thrash metal won out in Birmingham, and lastly but not least, Cacodaemonic's unholy, neo-classical infused death metal represents Nottingham."

The full 2014 festival lineup will be as follows: More...

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 22

This week on the Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) returns after a jaunt in Europe, where he helped cover the celebrated Tuska Open Air Metal Festival in Helsinki, Finland.

A series of full-length articles are on the way, but for now, Mike shares a handful of impressions, recollections, and opinions. This year's Tuska featured numerous heavy hitters, including Dimmu Borgir, Anthrax, Emperor, Children Of Bodom, Carcass, Satyricon, and Insomnium. Check out Mike's initial breakdown of the experience, and learn which performances impressed (or surprised) him most.

Then it's on to a new review by co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead), this time of "From Parts Unknown" by eclectic Buffalo, New York noisemakers Every Time I Die. He's not yet sure how this varied release stacks up against his personal favorite, 2012's "Ex Lives," but is quick to assure you it brings plenty of thrills.

Finally, Kevin and Mike react to the recently announced Knotfest lineup - a thorough blend of mainstream and underground, old school and new - and the ill-advised kidnapping hoax by Texas deathcore band Upon A Burning Body, a publicity stunt that backfired spectacularly.

Listen in here, enjoy, and offer us your feedback. You can subscribe via iTunes or RSS.

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Dimmu Borgir's Silenoz Interviewed At Tuska

Dimmu Borgir guitarist Silenoz was interviewed by Kaaos TV at the Tuska Open Air festival on June 29th, 2014.

In the video clip, available below, Silenoz reveals that writing for a new Dimmu Borgir album is underway.

This upcoming as-yet-untitled release will follow the 2010 album "Abrahadabra" (reviewed here).

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Bloodstock Announces Art Exhibition

The work of JRR Tolkien has long been a favorite muse of rock and metal artists. This year's Bloodstock bands Megadeth, Amon Amarth, and Dimmu Borgir all have used Tolkien references in their work, along with many others (Nightwish, Gorgoroth and even the likes of Led Zeppelin to name but a few).

Now Bloodstock’s co-founder, fantasy artist Paul Raymond Gregory, is thrilled to bring the two themes together and launch a major art exhibition at Bloodstock this year.

Christened the Rock and Metal (RAM) Gallery, the exhibition is to be a permanent addition to the festival and will provide a showcase for a changing selection of rock-related art and memorabilia. Paul Raymond Gregory’s extensive body of work includes many famous album sleeves and monolithic pieces inspired by the writings of JRR Tolkien. Paul’s first ever album cover commission was in 1984 for Saxon’s "Crusader," so launching the RAM Gallery on the 30th anniversary of Paul’s artistic debut in the metal world is fitting indeed.

This year’s first showing will include all the original Bloodstock festival artwork, going right back to the first indoor event in 2001, plus a wide range of Paul’s album art including the sleeve of Saxon’s latest release "Sacrifice." Representing Paul’s Tolkien work, there will also be a large triptych inspired by The Silmarillion opus (from whence Marillion derived its name). The painting will be mounted in a bespoke hand-carved frame created by framer John Davis. Although John has framed much of Paul’s other work, the triptych features the first frame actually designed by Paul himself. In addition, Paul will be signing copies of his book "Beyond Time And Place," which showcases artwork from the breadth of his career.

The exhibition will also include a small selection of bespoke handmade guitars created by young artist/musician Cynosure who is working to re-define the guitar, not just as a functional instrument, but as a working, playable piece of art.

The current Bloodstock Festival 2014 lineup is shaping up as follows: More...

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Dimmu Borgir And More Confirmed For Bloodstock

With Bloodstock twenty weeks away, there’s still plenty to announce as yet more bands rack up for this year’s event at Catton Park, taking place between August 7th to 10th, 2014.

Dimmu Borgir is set to be Friday’s main stage special guest and will be playing the band's only U.K. show in 2014 at Bloodstock. The band is hard at work on new material planned for release later this year. Comments Shagrath:

“We are excited for our return to Bloodstock 2014, the one and only UK festival we do this year. It will be a special event for sure, without revealing too much, but a 20th anniversary show will not go unnoticed. Await the return of symphonic darkness.”

Bloodstock is also pleased to reveal an extra special late night performance from Texas groove metal kings, Hellyeah. The band will be taking the roof off the Sophie big top stage late on Saturday, performing after the stage headliners, Sister Sin. The band’s legendary drummer, Vinnie Paul comments: “Bloodstock is one of the best festivals to play anywhere in the world!! Hellyeah is very excited to be a part of it again! Get your game face on and let’s rip this one up! Cheers!! I’m Vinnie Paul and I approve this message!!”

Grabbing an opening slot on Friday’s main stage will be homegrown extreme metal outfit, Bloodshot Dawn. More...

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Dimmu Borgir Working On New Material

It's been almost three years now since the release of Dimmu Borgir's latest outing, the full-length album "Abrahadabra" (reviewed here).

The band is now working on a follow-up album, posting the following brief statement online via Facebook: "'By the desire to achieve.' Stoked about our new material, its shaping up nicely."

Further details on the coming release will be announced as they are made available. More...

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Exclusive

Daniel Bergstrand Walks You Through Dugout Studio

Today we're pleased to team up with Scion AV to give you an exclusive inside look at how the metal albums you love come together with a new studio tour clip.

Daniel Bergstrand, who has produced, mixed, and mastered a variety of extreme metal albums over the years, takes us on a tour of his studio: Dugout Productions in Sweden. He details several pieces of equipment and demonstrates the perfect acoustics of the drum room.

Dugout Productions was utilized as a recording site for albums such as "Koloss" by Meshuggah (reviewed here), "Sounds Of a Playground Fading" by In Flames (review available), "Abrahadabra" by Dimmu Borgir (review at this location), and many more. For further details, check out the studio's website here.

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Dimmu Borgir To Appear On German TV

The Norwegian kings of symphonic metal in Dimmu Borgir will be featured on German TV as part of the series "Es geht um mein Leben," which mainly is about what matters most to people.

Dimmu Borgir was interviewed for the first episode in which the production team visited the infamous Wacken Open Air. The episode will be broadcast this coming September 22nd, at 8.15pm CET on EinsPlus.

Dimmu Borgir released latest album "Abrahadabra" (reviewed here) back in 2010, and you can listen to the band's music and find info on upcoming live appearances via Facebook.

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Metal Evolution: "Extreme Metal" in Works

Due to an overwhelming demand from metal fans worldwide, Grammy-nominated and Juno award-winning Banger Films is setting out to raise funds to make what has become known as "The Lost Episode" a reality. Metal Evolution: Extreme Metal “The Lost Episode” covers co-director Sam Dunn’s favorite genres: Death Metal, Black Metal and Grindcore, and he is reaching out to metal fans to help make it happen.

“Hundreds of fans have emailed us demanding, pleading, that we do this episode,” says Banger Films co-founder Sam Dunn. “So in response we're launching an IndieGoGo campaign to raise funding within the Metal community to finance the episode. The goal is to raise $175,000 in 90 days!” The campaign kicked off Friday, September 14th. Details of the campaign, including cool donor gifts at various contribution levels. More...

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