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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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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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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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