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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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Anaal Nathrakh To Play Set For The BBC

British Black metallers ANAAL NATHRAKH have psoted the following message:

"The BBC have again asked the band to perform a set, this time to be aired on the
Radio 1 Rock Show (broadcast date currently TBC).

To make the occasion particularly interesting, Anaal Nathrakh will, for the first time ever, be performing as a full band. Currently planned to flesh out the lineup are Nick Barker [ ex- DIMMU BORGIR] and Shane Embury [ NAPALM DEATH], although precise details remain to be seen.

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Founding Member Dino Cazares Quits Brujeria

Former FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares has quit BRUJERIA, the extreme metal project he co-founded 16 years ago.

According to Dino, he made the decision to leave the group in order to spend more time working on a new band he recently formed with ex-DIMMU BORGIR/CRADLE OF FILTH drummer Nick Barker. "Sometimes you have too many projects and one always suffers," Dino explained.

Although BRUJERIA's most recent touring lineup included Barker and bassist Shane Embury (NAPALM DEATH), neither musician will continue to perform with the group, according to Cazares. It is not presently clear if singer John Lepe (a.k.a. Juan Brujo) — the band's sole remaining member — will attempt to carry on with BRUJERIA using replacement musicians.

Formed in 1989, BRUJERIA released four full-length albums through the Roadrunner label and boasted a revolving lineup of high-profile musicians, including former FAITH NO MORE bassist Billy Gould and FEAR FACTORY drummer Raymond Herrera.

Despite his split with BRUJERIA, Cazares will continue his involvement with ASESINO, the BRUJERIA off-shoot project that also features in its ranks STATIC-X bassist Tony Campos on bass/vocals and SADISTIC INTENT drummer Emilio Marquez.

Dino's as-yet-unnamed collaboration with Barker recently recorded a two-song instrumental demo with producer James Murphy (TESTAMENT, DEATH, OBITUARY) and is currently seeking a bassist and singer.

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Dimmu Borgir, Tristania Confirmed For Zillo Fest

The 2005 edition of Germany’s Zillo Festival is scheduled to take place July 22nd - 24th in Loreley, Germany.

The first acts confirmed for the festival are: DIMMU BORGIR, TRISTANIA, ASP and THE BIRTHDAY MASSACRE.

More acts will be announced soon.

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Simen Hestnaes Joins Arcturus

Current DIMMU BORGIR bassist / backing vocalist Simen Hestnaes (a.k.a. ICS Vortex) has officially rejoined ARCTURUS as the group's permanent vocalist. His first appearance back with the group will take 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".

It is still unclear whether Simen will continue to exercise his bass duties at Dimmu Borgir.

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Lex Icon And Shagrath Form New Band

Lex Icon (ex-Dimmu Borgir, The Kovenant, Troll) has teamed up with Shagrath (Dimmu Borgir), Luna (Ashes to Ashes) and Jarle (Span) to form Chrome Division. Chrome Division is a new rock/metal project similar in style to bands like Monster Magnet, Spiritual Beggars etc. They will release a MCD this spring along with a video.

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Dimmu's Hestnaes To Sing For Arcturus In London

Several sources are reporting that Simen Hestnaes (a.k.a. ICS Vortex, DIMMU BORGIR, ex-BORKNAGAR, LAMENTED SOULS) will be singing for ARCTURUS at the Inferno Festival kick-off event at the Underworld in London on January 27. It is not presently clear if Hestnaes' involvement with ARCTURUS will continue beyond this gig.

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

ARCTURUS announced last week that vocalist Øyvind Hægeland (SPIRAL ARCHITECT) had left the group. No reason was given for his departure.

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Dimmu Borgir To Re-Record Second Album

The following update has been posted at Dimmu Borgir's official web site:

"Everyone! We just wanted to inform you, what's up in the Dimmu camp as we're about to leave a very eventful year… There haven't been many updates here lately, and the main reason for this is because we've pretty much kept a low profile since we came home from Ozzfest. Thanks to Ozzy and Sharon for the opportunity they gave us playing the mainstage, everything ran smoothly and professional. The way it should be.

"In the upcoming year we will first and foremost work on material for the next album, plus playing a very few exclusively selected festival dates during summer, which will be advertised here later as soon they're confirmed.

"In the meantime some of us will be working on other projects as well, while Shagrath [vocals] and Silenoz [guitar] most likely also will re-record the 2nd album, 'Stormblåst' [originally released in 1996 via Cacophonous Records], sometime in 2005. More info as soon shit hits the fan!"

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"Alone In The Dark" Tracklisting Revealed

Nuclear Blast has announced the tracklisting of "Alone in the Dark," the original motion picture soundtrack inspired and from the movie. "Alone in the Dark" is based on the best-selling Atari video game series of the same name. The soundtrack will feature some of today’s best Metal bands such as Dimmu Borgir, Shadows Fall, Fear Factory, Machine Head amongst others, and it will be featured on a double disc format. This is the first time a Hollywood production receives an all Extreme Metal soundtrack. The release date for the soundtrack has been set for January 25, 2005.

Edward Carnby (Christian Slater) is a private investigator specializing in unexplainable supernatural phenomena. His cases delve into the dark corners of the world, searching for truth in the occult remnants of the ancient civilizations. Now, the greatest mystery of his past is about to become the most dangerous case he has ever faced. With the help of his ex-flame, archeologist Aline Cedrac (Tara Reid), and his bitter rival, government agent Richard Burke (Stephen Dorff), Edward Carnby is about to learn that just because you don’t believe in something, that doesn’t mean it can’t kill you. More info can be found here.

There will be two different version of the soundtrack, one for European territories and the American version. Here are both tracklists: More...

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Kamelot To Film Videos, Tour With Kotipelto, Epica

Kamelot is heading to Sweden to film the following 2 videos: "March Of Mephisto" and "The Haunting." Both songs are from their upcoming album "The Black Halo." The director is Patric Ullaeus.

Dimmu Borgir frontman Shagrath sings on the Kamelot track "March Of Mephisto." There has been no word as to whether or not he will actually appear in the video.

Tour dates for the upcoming European tour for "The Black Halo" with Kotipelto and Epica are as follows: More...

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Dimmu Borgir To Guest On Battle For Ozzfest

Dimmu Borgir will make an entertaining appearance on MTV’s reality series “Battle For Ozzfest” for a full episode airing next Monday, 12/13 at 10:30 PM EST.

While on tour for the successful 2004 Ozzfest our favorite Norwegian Black Metal band spent a full day of controversy and mayhem on MTV’s “Battle For Ozzfest” which became a full episode airing next week December 13th.

If you haven’t been watching the show already you may not know that Dimmu Borgir's "Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse" taken from their acclaimed release "Death Cult Armageddon" (which has currently scanned over 79,000 units) is also the theme music for the whole season’s worth of shows.

For more info, visit MTV's Battle of Ozzfest.

Dimmu Borgir have crushed many metal Black Metal standards with their highly successful "Death Cult Armageddon" such as debuting on the Billboard Top 200 at number 169, receiving multiple “Best Metal Album of the Year” accolades, having two songs featured in the trailer for the highly successful Hellboy movie, their video for "Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse" being voted the 4th "Best Metal of the New Millennium" by fans (nominated by Headbanger's Ball and Revolver) & by being the first Black Metal band invited to perform on the main stage at Ozzfest not to mention their latest accomplishment of having their music as the theme for MTV's newest program "Battle for Ozzfest" which will feature our favorite Black Metallers in a full episode.

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Dimmu Borgir Work On New Video

Swedish director Patric Ullaeus (Lacuna Coil, In Flames) of Revolver Film Company is working on a promotional clip for the DIMMU BORGIR track "Vredesbyrd", filmed at The Huntridge Theater in Las Vegas on July 30, 2004.

"Vredesbyrd" comes off DIMMU BORGIR's most recent album, "Death Cult Armageddon" (2003), which has sold over 65,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

DIMMU BORGIR, who recently took part in the Ozzfest 2004 tour, are expected to take a lengthy break before beginning work on their next studio album, tentatively due in 2006.

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Preview The Headbangers Ball Vol 2 CD Online

Roadrunner Records is releasing the long-awaited MTV2 Headbangers Ball Volume 2 Compilation this Tuesday. 40 tracks from 40 of the hottest acts in mainstream heavy metal and in the underground, for one low price. Who needs the radio, when you have this awesome play list to pop in the CD player. MTV has put up a full preview of the album, which you can access by clicking here

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Dimmu Borgir To Take A Break

Norwegian black metal kings Dimmu Borgir will be taking a break for a year or two. It is expected that guitarist Galder will start recording a new Old Man's Child album during the band's break.

There is yet to be confirmation of this rumor. More details coming as they are made available.

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Dimmu Borgir To Work On New Material, Tour DVD

Having just completed the 2004 Ozzfest tour Dimmu Borgir are headed back to Norway to work on writing new material and take the first breather since Death Cult Armageddon’s September 2003 release. Look forward to a DVD and video reflecting the tour to come out in 2005

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Phil Anselmo Insults Pittsburgh Ozzfest Crowd

Scott Mervis of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reviewed the Ozzfest 2004 traveling heavy metal festival when it hit Pittsburgh, PA on Saturday (August 28). An excerpt from his review follows:

Black Label Society, featuring Ozzy axman Zakk Wylde, roared through a set of squealing metal with guitars all up to 12. It was full-out, no frills and a little undistinguished compared to what was to come. Wylde, a rugged character, did impart some wisdom from his WWII-vet father: 'You can fly planes into our buildings, but when you [mess] with the best, you're gonna die with the rest.'

Phil Anselmo takes the award for the most hostile performer of the day — and perhaps the year. He didn't seem to understand why the corrosive hardcore of his band, Superjoint Ritual, didn't inspire the overheated crowd to maintain a constant mosh pit.

The tattooed and mohawked Anselmo took to insults (or at least his idea of them): "If you're standing with your arms folded, you are a homosexual!" He also ratcheted up the military rhetoric: "This is the United States of America, and we can hate whoever we want! So, let's start busting heads!"

Ultimately, the angry but amusing kook went off the stage, slamming down the mike and saying, "You're the worst audience I ever played in front of."

Dimmu Borgir frontman Shagrath took the stage intoning, 'We have been spelllllbound! By the devilllll!' The Norwegian band held down the costumed freak slot on the main stage, bounding out in white facepaint, swinging hair and spiked leather pants. They had a cool take on gothic metal with monster vocals and funereal keyboards over the grinding guitars. Twenty minutes into the set they unleashed the vocals of bassist Simen Hestnaes, who had a high, pure voice to offset Shagrath's demonic growl.

Read the full article at post-gazette.com.

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Darkest Hour Miss Ontario Show Due To Border Probs

DARKEST HOUR were forced to miss their scheduled performance with DIMMU BORGIR in Kitchener, Ontario Friday night (August 27) "due to complications at the [USA/Canada] border," according to a posting on the group's web site. "This will not affect our scheduled tour in October," the band write. "We are very excited about playing Canada, we can't wait to get back. We apologize for this unfortunate inconvenience."

DARKEST HOUR are continuing to tour in support of their latest album, "Hidden Hands of A Sadist Nation", which was released in May 2003 through Victory Records. The CD includes guest appearances from Tomas Lindberg (AT THE GATES, THE CROWN), Anders Björler (AT THE GATES, THE HAUNTED), Peter Wichers (SOILWORK) and Marcus Sunesson (THE CROWN).

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Dimmu Borgir Singer Speaks To Metal Exiles

Dimmu Borgir singer Shagrath spoke with Metal-Exiles.com about the band's Ozzfest appearance, the infamous radio "incident", and more. Here are a few excerpts from the interview:

Metal-Exiles.com: "You guys are currently on Ozzfest, how is that going for you?"

Shagrath: "I think that is going well, it is a great production and we are playing with the big boys now. Great arrangements, stage, catering, showers, back stage rooms, just very professional. Also we only play for thirty minutes so we do not sweat. (laughter) At the same time we are a black metal band so it is very different for us, we are not like the other bands on the bill. We are playing for an audience that is not used to our music so it is strange we see the people in front of the stage sitting down listening to us wondering what the fuck is this."

Metal-Exiles.com: "You guys recently had an incident with a radio station. Can you elaborate on what happened?"

Shagrath: "Well, we went to this radio station and this guy basically kept on talking, asking us questions and answering them for us."

Metal-Exiles.com: "Like how?"

Shagrath: "He was kind of negative from the start, he asked a few questions and we barely had time to answer them before he moved on to the next question. Then he started talking about homosexuality and American politics. Then I was asked something else and I said stupid with some other words so he said we couldn't do this so we were told to leave. As we were walking out he was telling his audience to throw rocks at us while we are onstage playing."

Metal-Exiles.com: "What is next after Ozzfest?"

Shagrath: "We are going home for a long long time. We are going to take time off for a few months, be with family and maybe we will start writing some new material. Nothing will happen for a while, it will be about two years time before we do anymore shows. We feel kind of burned out right now and feel like taking a break."

Read the full article at The Metal Exiles.

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Dimmu Borgir Frontman Speaks To Las Vegas Mercury

Norway may seem like a quiet, peaceful land of fishing villages and ski hamlets, but beneath its icy charm lurks a long history of pagan rituals and Viking bloodlust. Although not always obvious to outsiders, this dark history has had a profound influence on Norway's national character, feeding the collective anxiety and terror reflected in Norwegian artist Edvard Munch's all-too-familiar painting "The Scream."

Perhaps this same angst fueled the development of black metal--the sonic scourge of the country since the early '80s. Influenced by the quasi-satanic (but largely theatrical) heavy metal of British acts like Black Sabbath and Mercyful Fate, black metal festered in Norway's winter darkness and eventually became the inspiration for countless church burnings and a series of grisly murders. Although Dimmu Borgir was not at the center of the movement, it did survive much of the chaos and destruction reaped by bands such as Emperor, Burzum and Mayhem.

Yet as a recent interview with the Mercury revealed, Dimmu Borgir frontman Shagrath isn't particularly troubled by the wanton destruction reaped by his fellow Norsemen. In fact, Shagrath is disarmingly blase about the series of events that virtually held Norway hostage at the beginning of the '90s.

Mercury: Since you witnessed it firsthand, how many of the stories about the black metal underground in Norway were true and how many were just legends?

Shagrath: You mean, as far as the criminal activities? Most of it was true, I think. A lot of churches were burned. A few people were killed. It was really a lot of hassle for us because we were always in for questioning with the police.

Read the full article at Las Vegas Mercury.

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Dimmu Borgir Kicked Off The Air On Radio Show

Norwegian black metallers Dimmu Borgir were promptly escorted from the premises after using profanity during a live radio interview Wednesday afternoon for the rock radio station WMMS-FM (100.7) in Cleveland, Ohio. The band was in town to promote their appearance on the main stage of Ozzfest at the Blossom Music Center in Cleveland on Thursday, August 19.

According to a press release, the incident in question occurred shortly after the start of the interview with WMMS midday host, Maxwell. While responding to a question from the DJ regarding Judas Priest vocalist Rob Halford's sexuality, Dimmu Borgir vocalist Shagrath and guitarist Silenoz stated that the controversy surrounding Halford's homosexuality is "fucking bullshit" and that it was an honor to play on the same stage as Judas Priest. Maxwell then declared the interview over at that moment and cut to a commercial. During the commercial break, Maxwell and station management ordered the band to leave WMMS studios. After coming back from commercial, the DJ insulted Dimmu Borgir on the air, urging Ozzfest attendees to throw rocks and other items at the stage during their set on the main stage Thursday.

The band claims that the boundaries of what they could say on the radio were not explained to them by station management before the interview, and that they had no idea what was considered unsuitable language for American radio. At this time, there is no indication that any action will be taken by WMMS's corporate parent, Clear Channel Communications.

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Just For Fun

Top 10 Most Ridiculous Black Metal Pics

Ruthless Reviews scribe Mike From Hobart has compiled a list of the "Top Ten Most Ridiculous Black Metal Pics Of All Time," which includes such bands as Immortal, Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth, Old Man's Child and Satyricon.

Check out the list and pics here.

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