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Dimmu Borgir

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

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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 "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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Dimmu Borgir To Film New Video

Dimmu Borgir guitarist Silenoz has posted the following message in which he announced which song from the upcoming re-recorded Stormblåst album the band will make a video for:

"I can hereby reveal we're gonna make a video for 'Sorgens Kammer - Del II' (part II). We all know why the original 'Sorgens Kammer' wasn't used. (Part II) is a totally different and proper track."

"Sorgens Kammer - Del II" is one of two brand-new tracks to feature on the new version, the other being "Abmaktslave". The album is also set to include a live DVD of an entire set filmed from last years Ozzfest.

The re-recorded "Stormblåst" was produced by Peter Tägtgren and features Mayhem's Hellhammer on drums. It is due to be released on November 7th via Nuclear Blast.

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Napalm Death Bassist Joins Insidious Disease

Napalm Death bassist Shan e Embury has joined supergroup Insidious Disease. The band also includes Dimmu Borgir guitarist Silenoz, Jardar (guitarist with Old Man's Child) and Nile drummer Tony Laureano.

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Dimmu Borgir Turn Down Tour With Korn

Dimmu Borgir have posted the following news at their official website:

"Short news bulletin from the Dimmu camp, Silenoz told me that the "Stormblåst 2005" street date is November 7, 2005. The new CD will contain a shitload of extras for the price of a regular CD. They are also planning to record a video from the Stormblåst 2005 release together with Patrick Ullaeus and Revolver Film Comp.

Shagrath is busy working on his band "Chrome Division" together with Lex Icon of Covenant, Luna of Ashes To Ashes, Eddie Guz of The Carburetors, and Ricky Black. They are currently working and recording material for their debut album. Their new website will be up and running shortly with more info on the band.

Silenoz is working on his project "Insidious Disease" and a demo will be ready shortly. They have 12-13 songs ready and they will put up a strong demo just in case a record company should give them an offer.

There will be no live performances for the rest of the year after Dimmu Borgir turned down the offer of going on tour with Korn in Scandinavia. Dimmu Borgir hope to start working on the new album in October 2005."

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Just For Fun

The Other Top 10 Most Ridiculous Black Metal Pics

It's been a year since Mike of Ruthlessreviews.com posted his famous Top 10 Most Ridiculous Black Metal Pics of All Time. He has just recently followed this up with (The Other) Top 10 Most Ridiculous Black Metal Pics of All Time. These are humorous must-read pages for any metalhead who can laugh at metal and/or black metal (whether a fan of it or not).

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Dimmu Borgir Extends Deal With Nuclear Blast

Norwegian Black Metal masters Dimmu Borgir and their longtime label Nuclear Blast have extended the record deal that spawned albums like "Enthrone Darkness Triumphant," "Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia" and "Death Cult Armageddon."

The next release will be a revamped version of "Stormblast," which originally appeared in '96. It was recorded again during this year, augmented with bonus track and produced by Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy). Expect a way better and sinister sounding album. "Stormblast" will available Nov 7.

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No Portugal Festival Appearances For Dimmu Borgir

Dimmu Borgir guitarist Erkekjetter Silenoz posted this message on their official website:

Please note that Dimmu Borgir will not be performing in Portugal this summer, no show was ever confirmed for this period. We were approached and an offer was received which was not accepted due to other various commitments but unfortunately due to an internal miscomunication within the promotors office, posters were made with our name on it. The promotor has taken steps to rectify this.

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Dimmu Borgir Replace Testament At Earthshaker Fest

As announced by the organizers of the Earthshaker Festival and confirmed last week, Testament have been forced to cancel their appearance due to "personal obligations." Dimmu Borgir has been confirmed as a replacement. Assuming they will simply fill Testament's spot, Dimmu Borgir will play on Saturday, July 23rd from 8:45pm - 10:15pm.

The Earthshaker Festival is due to take place from July 21st - 23rd in Geiselwind, Germany,

Go to this location for the complete festival running order.

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Arcturus Sets New Album Title

Norway's Arturus, now featuring Dimmu Borgir bassist Simen Hestnaes (a.k.a. ICS Vortex, ex-Borknagar, Lamented Souls) on lead vocals, have set "Sideshow Symphonies" as the title of their new album, tentatively due in September via Season Of Mist. A live DVD recorded at the band's September 24, 2005 concert at Rockefeller in Oslo, Norway is said to be in the works as well.

Hestnaes' first appearance back with Arcturus took place at the Inferno Festival kick-off event at the Underworld in London on January 27.

Hestnaes had previously performed vocals on three tracks and written the lyrics for one song on Arcturus' 1997 album, La Masquerade Infernale.

Arcturus announced in January that vocalist Øyvind Hægeland (Spiral Architect) had left the group. No reason was given for his departure.

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Winds, Age of Silence Keyboardist Updates on Bands

Age of Silence/Winds keyboardist Andy Winter has commented on his band's plans:

"Greetings everyone! As we are getting closer to the half way mark of the year, I guess this is as good a time as any to write an update about what's been going on lately, and more importantly what's to come. On May 3rd I released a mini CD containing a solo performance with classical piano music. This release is my first solo release and it is called Shades of Light Through Black and White. It is available exclusively through The End Records, and the cover art is graced with some unique black and white photographs. The disc is a 1000 copy limited edition release.

As reported some time ago Winds has already completed the basic material for the fourth album, and the drums were recorded last year. At this time we are making the preparations to continue the recordings, meaning that Carl August Tidemann will find himself in and out of the studio for several months starting after his summer vacation. I have also completed the lyrical concept, and earlier this week I talked to the guys about the musical direction of the next record. There is still a lot to be determined about the sound and the details, and we are still in the midst of discussing all of this, but already the entire band agrees that what we are on the right track for something new, and that what we are about to embark on will pretty much blow everything we have done so far out of the water. Maybe that is an overused cliche that every band nowadays uses when they put out a new record, but I believe we have the merits to back up our claim, and in this case there is no doubt that this will be the most different record we have ever done. I can also say that this record won't see the light! of day until some time in 2006, so that we will have spent over 2 years making it from the recordings started until they finish should be an indication of how much effort we are putting into it. I know I previously stated that we would not take two years to make the next album, but what can I say, I will have to admit I was wrong and correct myself in this matter. I may also have to correct my previous statement about not involving any guests on the new record, but that part still remains to be seen, and I guess only time will tell. More...

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Dimmu Borgir Album Update

Dimmu Borgir have released the following reguarding their upcoming album, summer tour plans, etc.:

"Finally there’s an official update on this site to let you guys in on what the Hell is happening at the moment and whatever else that we might be conspiring behind closed doors. We suspect most of you guys, our hardcore fanbase at least, wonder what’s up our sleeve next, understandably so. There seems to have been quite a lot of “confusion” lately, rumors back and forth, about this and that and whatnot, since the lack of information has been pretty evident the last couple of months. Perhaps we are partly to blame for that, one reason being that we simply might do this on purpose since we don’t necessarily like the perception of being everybody’s news center at all times to keep people updated on loads of unimportant shit, so-called everyday stuff. It might look as if we don’t care, and it’s true, we don’t, unless there’s some specific and important shit to discuss, like now.

First things first,

Festivals: We’re doing five (5) this year and five (5) only. You will find all confirmed live dates on this site. They got announced quite a while ago in the forum, but to avoid any more speculations (you’re all very good at that!) here we go again: June 4th – Waldrock (Holland), June 26th – Fury Fest (France), July 16th – Tuska (Finland), July 23rd – Zillo (Germany), August 6th – Gates of Metal (Sweden).

Drummers: We’ve decided, at least for the time being, not to invite a new drummer on a permanent basis. Tony Laureano will join us for all abovementioned festivals this summer, while Hellhammer has offered his services for the new full-length album.

Re-release of Stormblåst: We will have recording sessions in Abyss Studios with Peter “Jahhh!!” Tägtgren during the summer. Because of unexpected conflicting schedules, and with already booked studio time, we were suddenly forced to swiftly find a replacement for the drummer who originally agreed to do this recording with us. So we simply asked the closest one from home, Hellhammer, coincidently and luckily for us he was free to do that job as well! Tentative release date is sometime before this year is over. And yes, it’ll have extra material, prev. unreleased stuff, what’s the point of a re-release without? But more about the real reason why we chose to do this album all over again in it’s entirety later.

Next full-length album: Writing will begin Aug/Sep sometime, once everything else with festivals and re-recordings are out of the way. It’ll take the time it needs, so don’t expect any release sooner than 2nd half of 2006, at earliest. We have not yet decided who will be supervising/co-producing our next studio effort, but what we do know is that it’ll most likely be a full story/concept album. We feel it’s time to do something “else”, starting on scratch exploring fresh territory, challenge ourselves. More details on this as things develop.

On the side: Other bands/projects that will also in one way or another keep us occupied this year are:

CHROME DIVISION - Nekro Doomsday Rock ‘n Roll feat. Shag and Lex (KOVENANT).

INSIDIOUS DISEASE - Dark death metal feat. Silenoz, Jardar (Old Man’s Child) and Tony Laureano.

ARCTURUS – Vortex will be recording and touring with them later this year.

OLD MAN'S CHILD – Galder recently finished the new album, recorded and mixed in Fredman Studio.

Everything else is, as they say: Festivus for the rest of us – The pace has quickened!!!”

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PanzerChrist Announce New Keyboardist

Danish extreme metallers PANZERCHRIST have announced the addition of keyboardist Dea Lillelund (also in FAIRYTALE ABUSE) to the group's ranks.

As previously reported, PANZERCHRIST have parted ways with drummer Reno Kiilerich (DIMMU BORGIR, EXMORTEM, VILE). Replacing Reno behind the kit is Michael Pedersen (ex-EXMORTEM).

PANZERCHRIST recently signed a new deal with Neurotic Records. "Work on the new album is going really well," the band write on their web site. "The new material will be heavier and more brutal."

PANZERCHRIST's fourth album, "Room Service", was released in September 2003 through Mighty Music. The follow-up to 2001's "Soul Collector" was recorded at Antfarm Studio with producer Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, KONKHRA) and features 11 songs, including a "blasting" version of METAL CHURCH's eponymously-titled anthem.

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Dimmu Borgir Enlist Hellhammer As Session Drummer

Despite last week's denial by Nuclear Blast that Mayhem's drummer will not be featured on Dimmu Borgir's next album, Silenoz has confirmed that Hellhammer's talents will actually be incorporated in their next release. Here's his statement on the band's forum:

"To get this rumor bullshit out of the way, we confirm that mercenary Hellhammer will be doing the drums for us as a session member on the next album. And that's that."

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More Tuska Open Air Details Revealed

Tuska Open Air Metal Festival has added more international and Finnish acts to the 2005 roster. The line-up is almost complete with only 1 more artist to be added for Saturday afternoon as well as the winner from the band contest at Rotonde-Festival, France, which is to be held later this spring. This year's Tuska-Festival is more international than ever, with nearly half of the artists coming from abroad. The evening clubs will most likely see some international action as well.

New additions in Finnish professionalism will be represented by Apocalyptica, whose cello metal is witnessed way too rarely on their native soil. Apocalytica just recently supported Rammstein on their European tour and appeared stateside on a few selected dates.

German precision and universal greatness is brought to you by the mighty Gamma Ray. The band last appeared on the bill at Tuska 2000 and have since built their fanbase by selling out club shows on a regular basis.

Other additions include up-and-coming death metallers Amoral, Finnish-singing Stam1na and Viikate, as well as Callisto who are about to embark on a European tour in a few weeks.

The search continues for one more, either domestic or foreign artist.

Ticket sales for Tuska 2005 start on Friday April 1st. Three-day ticketcosts 67 euro, one-day ticket 32 euro. Go to www.lippupalvelu.fi to purchase tickets.

Current Tuska 2005 line-up reads as follows: More...

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Dimmu, Evergrey Confirmed For Gates Of Metal

Dimmu Borgir has been confirmed for Gates of Metal. The Norwegian band will play the big stage at this years festival. Sweden's Evergrey is also confirmed. Gates of Metal is held in Hultsfred, Sweden between the fifth and sixth of August.

5000 tickets has been released, and foreign visitors can make their ticket reservation at the official festival website. The website is available in English.

For more information visit http://www.gatesofmetal.se.

Confirmed artists:
Edguy
Children of Bodom
Masterplan
Grave Digger
Amon Amarth
Dream Evil
Nocturnal Rites
Sabaton
Twilightning
God Among Insects
Pantokrator

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Rob Halford Comments On Dimmu Borgir

Judas Priest lead singer Rob Halford recently talked to Swedish newspaper "Expressen" about Black Metal heroes Dimmu Borgir, with whom he shared the stage during last year's Ozzfest.

The Metal legend commented:

They’re very good musicians, talented songwriters and performing well on stage – a great addition to the heavy metal-family. I was overwhelmed, they master a genre, which is very difficult to get right. Rob Halford confirms that a mutual respect was found between Judas Priest and Dimmu Borgir.

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More Tuska Open Air Confirmations Announced

Dimmu Borgir, Monster Magnet, Sentenced, Destruction, Primal Fear, Bal-Sagoth, Lake of Tears and Wintersun are the latest bands confirmed for the eighth annual Tuska Open Air Metal Festival, set to be held July 15-17 at Kaisaniemi Park in Helsinki, Finland. The 2005 festival will once again present more than 30 bands from different styles of metal, several of which will be announced at a later date.

Saturday, July 16 will be headlined by the infamous Norwegian black metallers Dimmu Borgir. Their Tuska performance will be one of few selected festival shows the band will do next summer. Dimmu Borgirwere originally scheduled to play at Tuska 2004 but after being offered one of the headlining slots at Ozzfest, they obviously had to cancel their appearance.

In addition to the already confirmed acts, more Finnish and international artists will be added to the roster.

Tickets for Tuska 2005 will go on sale April 1 through Lippupalvelu. The three-day ticket costs 67 euros and one-day tickets cost 32 euros.

Tuska 2005 confirmed bands so far: More...

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More Bands Confirmed For Fury Fest

Slayer, In Flames, Arch Enemy, Dimmu Borgir and Suicidal Tendencies are among the latest confirmations for the 2005 edition of the Fury Fest, set to take place June 24-26 in Le Mans, France. The list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: More...

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Death Angel Cancels Waldrock Festival Appearance

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area metallers Death Angel have cancelled their previously announced appearance at the 2005 installment of the Waldrock Festival, set to take place on June 4 in Burgum, Netherlands. No reason was given for the cancellation. Currently scheduled to perform at the festival are Dimmu Borgir, Black Label Society, Accept and the latest confirmations, Dio and Soilwork. Tickets go on sale March 1.

For more information, visit www.waldrock.nl.

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New Kamelot Video To Feature Dimmu Borgir Singer

According to Kamelot's official website, Swedish director Patric Ullaeus (Dimmu Borgir, Lacuna Coil, In Flames) of Revolver Films has completed filming a second video from the band's forthcoming album, "The Black Halo". The video for "March Of Mephisto" will feature a special appearance by Dimmu Borgir vocalist Shagrath.

The first video done with Ullaeus, "The Haunting", was shot in Göthenburg, Sweden, earlier this month. The video includes an appearance by EPICA singer Simone Simons. Check out the photos from the shoot here.

Kamelot's new album, "The Black Halo", is scheduled to be released on March 15 through SPV Records.

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