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Dimmu Borgir

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

Latest Dimmu Borgir News

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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Final Lineup For Metal Camp Festival Announced

This year's Metal Camp Festival is set to take place on July 21- 23 in Tolmin, Slovenia. The organizers have announced the addition of SOILWORK and very promissing Swedish newcomers SCAR SYMMETRY. Also appearing on the main stage are German Power metallers MYSTIC PROPHECY.

The Talent Forum Stage is being introduced for the first time this year. Bands set to play there include Blind Petition (AUT), Asterius (GER), Subhuman (ITA), Bleak Origin (CHE) and many others. For more information, visit the Metal Camp official page.

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Arcturus Bassist Hurt In Accident

According to a posting on ARCTURUS' web site, the band's bassist Hugh James Mingay recently "had an accident and a vertebrae has been affected. He's going to be well, but has to rest for several weeks. If he can't play the forthcoming three live shows in Norway, the shows will not be cancelled, as someone has been found to play the bass on the three gigs."

So-called "manufacturing issues" have caused the postponement of the ARCTURUS DVD, entitled "Shipwrecked in Oslo" (Season of Mist), to May 22 from the previously announced April 24. The disc contains footage of the band's September 24, 2005 appearance at the Sonic Solstice Festival at Rockefeller in Oslo, Norway.

ARCTURUS' current lineup includes DIMMU BORGIR bassist/vocalist Simen Hestnaes (a.k.a. ICS Vortex, ex-BORKNAGAR, LAMENTED SOULS) on lead vocals. Hestnaes had previously performed vocals on three tracks and written the lyrics for one song on ARCTURUS' 1997 album, "La Masquerade Infernale".

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Ex-Dimmu Borgir Drummer Jams With Fear Factory

Former DIMMU BORGIR / CRADLE OF FILTH and current BENEDICTION drummer Nick Barker joined FEAR FACTORY on stage as a special guest for one song during the band's headlining appearance at the Manchester Academy 2 in England on Sunday, April 9. Barker reportedly performed "Martyr" with the band in what marked the first time FEAR FACTORY have ever had a guest drummer at one of their gigs.

BENEDICTION have set "Killing Music" as the title of their new album, tentatively due in June/July via Nuclear Blast Records (with whom the band recently re-signed). The CD will mark the recording debut with the group of Barker, who was most recently a member of BRUJERIA and who played with ex-FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares in the short-lived DRIVEN BY SUFFERING (working name) project. Following the album's release, the band will be appearing at festivals worldwide over the summer, followed by a full-blown "No Reunion Needed" world tour starting in September.

BENEDICTION have been confirmed as one of the headliners of the 2006 edition of the Fuck the Commerce festival, set to take place May 25-27 at MZA (Mehrzweckhalle) in Luckau, Germany.

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Dimmu Borgir To Hold Music Session

Silenoz , Shagrath and Galder of Norwegian symphonic black metal masters DIMMU BORGIR have announced an exclusive signing session on Saturday, April 1st at the Musikmesse Frankfurt/Main (Germany). The Session will take place at the booth of their Norwegian guitar endorser ESP.

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Decapitated Confirmed For Metal Camp Festival

Poland’s DECAPITATED have been confirmed to appear at this years METAL CAMP festival. Metal Camp takes place between July 21-23 2006 in Tolmin, Slovenia. DECAPITATED will play on July 22nd. Already confirmed are DIMMU BORGIR, SAXON, TESTAMENT, AMON AMARTH, MY DYING BRIDE, HYPOCRISY, EDGUY, GOREFEST, among many others, with more to be announced soon. For more information go here.

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Chrome Division To Release Debut In Late Summer

Chrome Division, featuring Shagrath of Dimmu Borgir, has signed with Nuclear Blast records. The band entered Panzer Studio in Oslo, Norway on December 4th to finally put down songs on tape and create a debut album. Until now there are 11 tracks that are finished, and they’ve been recorded in a pre-production. The debut album is scheduled to be released in the late summer 2006.

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Dimmu Borgir Poised To Write Concept Album

DIMMU BORGIR guitarist Silenoz spoke to BW&BK recently regarding the pending recordings for their upcoming album, the follow-up to 2003's “Death Cult Armageddon” album which recently surpassed the 100,000 sales mark in the US. The band is currently in what Silenoz calls “full writing mode” and working hard on completing what will surely be the most highly anticipated of the band’s career. More...

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Nick Barker Joins Benediction, New Album Out Soon

British extreme metallers BENEDICTION have set "Killing Music" as the title of their new album, tentatively due in June/July. "Why break something if it is not broken?" the group wrote in a statement sent to Blabbermouth.net. "We have been a team for nearly 17 years and see no reason to end that relationship!”

"Killing Music" will mark the recording debut with the group of new drummer Nick Barker (CRADLE OF FILTH, DIMMU BORGIR). "This will be our first new release since 2001," the band write. "It took so long because we just didn't jell with any other drummers — Nick is the man."
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Norwegian Black Metal On BBC

Norwegian black metal legends EMPEROR, MAYHEM, DARKTHRONE and DIMMU BORGIR were among the artists interviewed for the "The Rock Show in Norway" special which aired on BBC Radio 1's "Mike Davies' Rock Show". Listen to the show at this location.

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Dimmu Borgir's Stormblast Ecard Online

You can now check out Dimmu Borgir's new Stormblåst Ecard. As an interlude between Death Cult Armageddon and the forthcoming album (which will be released in late 2006), DIMMU BORGIR decided to re-release their second album Stormblåst. But it turned out not to be an effortless re-release. The band fully re-recorded the album for this occasion! With Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy) back at the helm as producer and MAYHEM’s Hellhammer on drums (Nick Barker departed in January 2005), the band sought to enhance a pristine dimension to the album and they have undeniably done so! The re-recorded edition of Stormblåst is far more forceful and ominous than the original. Stormblåst hits the streets on February 7th, 2006.

As previously reported, Dimmu Borgir's "Death Cult Armageddon" recently scanned 101,418 units to date in the United States. Released on September 9th, 2003 and debuting on the Billboard Top 200 at number 169, "Death Cult Armageddon" received multiple "Best Metal Album of the Year" accolades and had two songs featured in the trailer for the highly successful Hellboy movie.

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Nevermore Confirmed For Gods Of Metal Festival

Nevermore have announced that they will be playing this year's installment of the Gods of Metal festival, which is set to take place in Italy on June 3-4. The festival also features Stratovarius, Dimmu Borgir, Sonata Arctica, Testament, and more.

Nevermore have also been confirmed for the Live N Louder festivals in Mexico City, Mexico on October 7th, Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 12th and Sao Paulo, Brazil on October 14th.

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Dimmu Borgir Album Breaks 100,000 Mark In USA

DIMMU BORGIR have officially sold over 100,000 units of "Death Cult Armageddon" in the United States. Nuclear Blast comments in an announcement: "Scanning 101,418 units to date, Nuclear Blast USA is honored to have participated in such a successful and creative album such as Death Cult Armageddon".

Continuously representing the orchestral quality of Black Metal, classical arrangements have been an essential piece in their unique sound from the start. To make Death Cult Armageddon even more authentic, portions of the album were recorded in the company of the Philharmonic Orchestra Prague, consisting of 46 classically trained musicians. The effort was produced by Fredrik Nordström at the Swedish Fredman Studios (In Flames, HammerFall).

Released on September 9th, 2003 and debuting on the Billboard Top 200 at number 169, "Death Cult Armageddon" received multiple "Best Metal Album of the Year" accolades and had two songs featured in the trailer for the highly successful Hellboy movie. Their video for "Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse" was voted the 4th "BEST METAL OF THE NEW MILLENNIUM" by fans.

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Dimmu Borgir's 'Sorgens Kammer - Del II' Video

DIMMU BORGIR's video for the track "Sorgens Kammer – Del II" has been posted online at NuclearBlast.de (Real Media). The clip was shot last fall in Sweden with director Patric Ullaeus of Sweden's Revolver Film Company.

"Sorgens Kammer – Del II" is one of the new tracks included on the updated, re-recorded version of DIMMU BORGIR's 1996 album, "Stormblåst", which was released in Europe in November via Nuclear Blast Records (to be issued in North America on February 7). The album was completely re-recorded with producer Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY, PAIN) and MAYHEM's Hellhammer on drums.

The new version of "Stormblåst" adds two brand-new audio tracks: the aforementioned "Sorgens Kammer – Del II" and "Abmaktslave", plus a live DVD of an entire set filmed at Ozzfest 2004.

DIMMU BORGIR have begun writing material for their next studio, tentatively due before the end of the year. The CD, which will feature a guest appearance by MAYHEM's Hellhammer on drums, will be "a full story/concept album," according to a posting on the group's web site.

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First Bands For Inferno Fest Announced

Norway's renowned Inferno festival will be held in Oslo on April 13-15, 2006. The organizers have posted the following update:

Friday February 3rd is the day that we will have our annual kick off party and announce the full lineup. The kick off will be held at John Dee in Oslo and the tickets cost 200 NOK.

Performing live will be a horde of musicians from bands like Immortal, Satyricon, Aura Noir, Enslaved, Susperia, Dimmu Borgir, Pagans Mind, and Zyklon. They will play songs from influential bands such as W.A.S.P, Slayer, Accept, Iron Maiden, Sepultura, Mötley Crue, Twisted Sister, Pantera, Bathory, Celtic Frost, Venom, Mötorhead, Kreator, Testament, Anthrax and more.

There will also be a kick off party in Trondheim the same day. More information on this will follow shortly.

In addition, Borknagar, Witchcraft and Endstille will appear alongside already announced Emperor, Marduk and Bolt Thrower.

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Scandanavian Rock & Metal Book Released In 2006

RockDetector.com is publishing a two-volume book set, "Scandinavian Rock & Metal", in the first quarter of 2006. The books cover all styles of rock and metal from Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark. In the now-expected Rockdetector style, executive editor Garry Sharpe-Young covers each band's history in meticulous detail, including lineups, URLs and a complete discography, along with track listings, labels, catalogue numbers and chart positions. The two books will each be approximately 500 pages each, listing well over 1,200 bands covering heavy metal, death metal, black metal, melodic rock, progressive rock and beyond. Fjords, Vikings, the midnight sun and a thousand lakes — the perfect breeding ground for the most epic of heavy metal! Scandinavia has exported its rock and metal to all corners of the globe, ranging from the shred exploits of YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, the operatic pioneers NIGHTWISH, the pomptastic EUROPE, the heavyweight HAMMERFALL to the extremist forms of black and death metal in EMPEROR, MAYHEM, DIMMU BORGIR, MARDUK, DARKTHRONE and BURZUM. "Scandinavia has really been the hotbed for emerging rock talent for over a decade now," says Garry Sharpe-Young. "Once EUROPE, TNT and YNGWIE MALMSTEEN had made their mark on the international scene, Norway's floodgates opened and poured a black metal plague upon the world with BURZUM, EMPEROR, MAYHEM, DIMMU BORGIR, and DARKTHRONE. Since then, Sweden made a huge impact with acts such as HAMMERFALL, IN FLAMES, SOILWORK and KATATONIA and subsequently Finland has really raised its head and is now without question the most metal place on planet earth! All these bands, from all genre spectrums are included. Some of the band histories are positively labyrinthine when you get into the detail of who played for who under what pseudonym. This really is a true monster of a book."

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Dimmu Borgir Chart Positions Revealed

Dimmu Borgir's "Stormblåst" has entered the charts at the following positions:

#18 Netherlands (Indiecharts)
#24 Norway
#45 UK (Indiecharts)
#87 Germany

Dimmu Borgir's re-recorded version "Stormblåst" North American release will be on February 7, 2006.

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Dust Feat. Nick Barker EP Available For Download

DUST has just recorded an EP featuring Nick Barker (ex-DIMMU BORGIR, CRADLE OF FILTH) on drums in the UK this past September. It was produced by Greg Brimson (RAMMSTEIN, METALLICA) and engineered by Russ Russell (NAPALM DEATH). The band expects it will be mastered by John Cornfield, with tentative release date for the US on Wednesday, January 25th of 2006.

Brimson describes the initial album demo as “Pure genius”, with Barker adding, “It made all the hairs on my body stand up.” Following the month-long recording, Barker has now confirmed he has joined DUST.

The demo will be available for free download from the band’s site at this location until the date of release.

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Century Media Release Metal For The Masses Vol 4

Continuing the highly successful Metal For The Masses series, the Century Family unseals Metal For The Masses Volume Four, once again exclusive to Hot Topic locations nationwide. The 2-disc compilation contains 40 tracks totaling over 2 hours of music. The artwork for Volume Four incorporates the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse to stunning effect and also depicts the album art for each featured artist within as well as additional artist and album information. Volume Four comes housed in a deluxe double Digipak and is available now at all Hot Topic locations nationwide.

Started in 2003, Metal For The Masses has become The Century Family's largest-selling compilation series, replacing the budget priced Identity series. The Metal For The Masses series is also one of Hot Topic's longest-running exclusive compilations. Selling well over 60,000 copies each, Metal For The Masses continues to disseminate the word of metal.

Disc One Includes Century Media Artists:

God Forbid, Manntis, Diecast, Brand New Sin, Agents Of Man, Shadows Fall, Arch Enemy, The Haunted, Behemoth, Old Man's Child, Naglfar, Strapping Young Lad, Nevermore, Eyes Of Fire, Into Eternity, Cryptopsy, Watch Them Die, Napalm Death, Despised Icon and Immolation

Disc Two Includes:

Nuclear Blast Artists: Dimmu Borgir, Soilwork, In Flames, Meshuggah, Bleed The Sky, Darkane, Mnemic, Hypocrisy, Exodus and Cathedral

Liquor And Poker Music Artists: Fireball Ministry, Nebula, The Hellacopters, The Illuminati, The Black Halos, Crash Kelly, The Thieves, Scott Reeder, American Heartbreak and Backyard Babies

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Dimmu Borgir's Simen To Guest On Dagoba CD

DIMMU BORGIR bassist/ARCTURUS frontman Simen Hestnaes (a.k.a. ICS Vortex, ex-BORKNAGAR, LAMENTED SOULS) has recorded a guest appearance on two songs on the sophomore album from French metallers DAGOBA, tentatively due in February 2006 via Season of Mist. "Shawter's vocals mixed with Vortex's voice sound amazing!" the band write on their web site.

DAGOBA's follow-up to their self-titled debut album was recorded at Antfarm studios in Denmark with producer Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, HATESPHERE, MNEMIC). The group made name for themselves in France, where their EMI-distributed debut was a chart success. The buzz quickly spread, and step by step, the rest of Europe started responding (DAGOBA opened for MACHINE HEAD in Brussels, FEAR FACTORY in Amsterdam, and did a North European tour with SAMAEL; more recently they opened for KORN in France).

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Dimmu Borgir "Stormblast" Re-Release Details

The updated, re-recorded version of DIMMU BORGIR's 1996 album, Stormblåst , will be released through Nuclear Blast America on February 7, 2006 with a limited collectors item. This edition will only be available in the North American pressing.

Stormblåst was completely re-recorded with producer Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY, PAIN) and MAYHEM's Hellhammer on drums. The new version of Stormblåst adds two brand-new audio tracks: "Sorgens Kammer – Del II" and "Abmaktslave", plus a live DVD of an entire set filmed from last year's Ozzfest. The album will be released in a digipack design with a booklet containing a lot of old pictures of DIMMU BORGIR. A LP version containing a bonus single with the two new bonus tracks will also be released.

DIMMU BORGIR will shortly be filming a video for the track "Sorgens Kammer – Del II" with director Patric Ullaeus of Sweden's Revolver Film Company. The band are scheduled to begin writing material for their next studio album this fall for a tentative late 2006 release. The CD will be "a full story/concept album," according to a posting on the group's web site.

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