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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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Nuclear Blast Prepare Monsters of Metal 5

Nuclear Blast will be issuing the latest iteration in their annual 2-DVD set "Monsters Of Metal, Vol. 5" on October 17th. The latest will feature videos from Mastodon, Unearth, Shadows Fall, The Black Dahlia Murder, In Flames Dimmu Borgir and various others.

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Susperia, Red Harvest, Grimfist and Slit UK Tour

SUSPERIA (ex Dimmu Borgir, Satyricon) have joined forces with fellow Norwegians RED HARVEST and GRIMFIST for a heavyweight package that is set to hit the UK for a short tour in October 2006. Joining the bands for the tour will be SLIT from Malta who have in their ranks Omar Grech from Beheaded.

Dates confirmed for "The Eternal Anger Tour" are Nottingham - Rock City on October 12th, London - The Underworld on October 13th, Bradford - Rio on October 14th, Glasgow - Cathouse 15th and Dudley - JB's on October 16th. Check with venues for age restrictions. Tickets for all shows are available through the usual outlets.

RED HARVEST's DVD "Harvest Bloody Harvest", out on September 18th, 2006. The DVD, which comes in a limited deluxe metal box, shows their concert at the Rockefeller Music Hall, Oslo (NO), shot last year, and many bonus materials.

RED HARVEST are currently working on their upcoming album that will be released through Season of Mist, early 2007.

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Brutal Assault Festival Lineup Nearly Complete

The 11th edition of the Brutal Assault festival is scheduled for August 10th - 12th in Svojsice U Prelouce (100 km east of Prague), Czech Republic.

Organizers have issued the following update:

This year’s event promises more impressive expansion and confirms that the organizers don’t intend to stagnate. On the contrary, from year to year, the festival’s program is more and more various and promises more and more foreign metal crowd-pullers for the fans of promiscuous extreme genres. Thanks to the participation of many first-rate metal bands, this event aspires to become a major metal festival in central Europe.

It’s difficult to say which band can be branded as the headliner because this year’s lineup offers up several giants of the metal genre.

Great attraction, especially for fans of atmospheric or symphonic black metal are Norwegians black metal gurus DIMMU BORGIR. In their case we can look for a frosty and dark concert experience.

The next exclusive guest comes from the USA. FEAR FACTORY, who were well known as a representatives of dehumanized cyber metal, but nowadays they come with a new actual face of the year 2006. More...

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Dimmu Borgir Land New Endorsement Deal

DIMMU BORGIR guitarist Silenoz just checked in to enlighten all the fans of Norwegian Black Metal with some news regarding the upcoming album and a brand new endorsement deal. "We're playing a few festivals this summer, so no vacation for us! We’re quite busy writing for the new album. Scheduled to start recording in October with Fredrik Nordström in Fredman Studios in Gothenburg, for a release early next year. I can also inform you that DIMMU BORGIR are proudly endorsed by ESP Guitars!" Drumming on the yet untitled work in progress will be Hellhammer of MAYHEM fame.

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Dimmu Borgir Guitarist Clarifies Current Lineup

DIMMU BORGIR guitarist Silenoz has posted the following message on the band's official forum:

"For those of you who can't still read and at the same time believe in rumors, I just want to make things clear [regarding the band's current lineup]:

Shagrath - Vocals
Silenoz - Guitars
Galder - Guitars
Vortex - Bass
Mustis - Keys
Hellhammer - Drums

"[Hellhammer] is a hired hitman and will be playing festivals for us this year and on the upcoming album, and hopefully the world touring that will follow the new album."

DIMMU BORGIR recently became the first band on the Nuclear Blast USA roster to sell more than 100,000 copies of a full-length album with their "Death Cult Armageddon" (2003) release, according to sales figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.

DIMMU BORGIR are currently writing material for their next studio, tentatively due in early 2007. 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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Chrome Division Sets Release Date For Album

Led by DIMMU BORGIR's Shagrath on guitar, CHROME DIVISION features Eddie Guz (The Carburetors) on vocals, Ricky Black on guitar, Luna (Ashes To Ashes) on bass, and Tony White (Minas Tirith) on drums.

Recorded at Panzer Studio in Oslo, Norway, the band's stripped down, groove-laden debut album, Doomsday Rock 'N Roll, is set to be released in North America on August 8th. You can view photos of the band in the studio here.

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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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