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From: Oslo, Norway
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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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Just For Fun
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.
MTV2’s Headbanger’s Ball and Revolver magazine are teaming up to bring you the Best Metal Videos of the New Millennium (so far) picked by you. So put your pedal to the metal and vote for your favorite video here. Then, catch the two-hour premiere Saturday, August 21 at 10 PM during Headbanger’s Ball, on MTV2. Plus check out the final list in the October issue of Revolver.
Videos you can vote for: More...
Dimmu Borgir's performance at the Huntridge Theater in Las Vegas on July 30 was filmed by acclaimed director Patric Ullaeus (Lacuna Coil, In Flames). Check out the photos from the shoot: Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo 3, Photo 4.
One of the disadvantages of living in Vancouver is that we get snubbed by Ozzfest every year. The good thing is that Ozzfest comes close enough (Auburn, WA) for some of the bands on the bill to perform here on one of their Off-fest dates. Three of such bands happened to be God Forbid, Otep, and Norway's Dimmu Borgir this year. More...
On Sunday, July 18, 2004 I enjoyed one of the best Ozzfests I've witnessed at the Nissan Pavilion in Bristow, Virginia, despite a day that started off pretty bad. To put it all in perspective, I'll start at the beginning. I awoke to prepare for the day and immediately noticed that my right eye which was slightly irritated the day before was swollen half shut. After 30 minutes or so of being awake, I was developing a serious headache from the pressure of my swollen eyelid being open. Although I had fully intended to arrive at Ozzfest by 9:30 and see every band perform, I quickly resigned to going in to the hospital to have my eye checked out. The decision was an easy one because the headache was already terrible and I could only imagine the situation worsening throughout the day as dust, rain, sweat, and/or sun screen got into my eyes.
After two hours in the hospital to get some antibiotic eye drops, I was on my way. One side effect of the eye infection was that I was forced to wear glasses instead of contacts, which totally sucks - it's kind of hard to headbang with glasses on.
Factoring in travel time, I arrived at Ozzfest just two hours into the show. The weather was overcast and comfortably cool 70's. They were calling for a 60% chance of rain, but the weather was holding, despite passing through some rain on the drive to Bristow. More...
The official website for Pigstock 10 has been updated, and is full of information regarding the 4-stage, multi-band festival that takes place on Friday, August 13 in Davenport, Iowa. Head to www.pigstock10.com to check it out.
The tracklisting for the forthcoming Headbangers Ball Vol. II, which will be making it's way onto store shelves in late September: More...
Ozzfest 2004 made its way through Wantagh, New York this past Wednesday, July 14 where such bands as Judas Priest, Slayer, Black Label Society and Dimmu Borgir performed at the Jones Beach Amphitheater. Check out the pictures here.
A detailed review of the concert is available at MTV here.
So, after quite some time and many doubts I have finally decided to share my thoughts about this year's Ozzfest. Actually, it's my first time on this festival since I'm from Europe and I've only been living in U.S. for two years now. Please, do consider this as you read along :)
I got to the Tweeter Center around 10:15 in the morning. Being my first time there, I wasn't sure how the whole thing was gonna go. The first thing that looked very weird were all those people on the parking lot who had brought BBQs and coolers and were hanging out by their cars. Very American, I thought. More...
Commented Capitale du Metal's Alain Gagnon: "It was an off date from [DIMMU BORGIR]'s Ozzfest participation and they visited our beautiful city along with GOD FORBID and NECRONOMICON. They played an 1:15 set from their last few albums and set the venue on fire as our metalheads are not used to this kind of extreme metal gig in their town ... we usually have to make the 2:30 hour drive to Montreal. GOD FORBID surprised a lot of fans mainly there for DIMMU with songs from their recently released 'Gone Forever' and NECRONOMICON presented their brand new bass player (it was his first live gig with the band), Fredrich, to the Quebec City fans. Both DIMMU and GOD FORBID left town quick after their performance in order to be on time at the next Ozzfest stop in New York."
DIMMU BORGIR's latest album, "Death Cult Armageddon", has sold 53,086 copies in the U.S, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Norwegian symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR have recruited NILE's Tony Laureano as a session drummer for the duration of Ozzfest 2004 after the group's Danish skinsman, Reno Kiilerich, was unable to obtain a U.S. work visa in time to join the band on the road.
A spokesperson for DIMMU BORGIR's management has confirmed that the Norwegian symphonic black metal outfit have recruited NILE's Tony Laureano as a session drummer for the duration of Ozzfest 2004. "There have been problems to get the visa in time for Ozzfest for [the group's Danish skinsman] Reno [Kiilerich] due to super-slow processing at immigrations in the U.S. and the fact that the U.S. embassy in Oslo and all other close European countries where not able to give him an appointment for his personal interview in time to get the visa for Ozzfest," the spokesperson said.
Some setlist info is starting to filter in from bands at this years Ozzfest. Here they are so far:
Someone's Standing On My Chest
Right Side of The Bed
Lip Gloss and Black
Broken Promise More...
Canadian epic black metal band ECLIPSE ETERNAL have signed a deal with Galy Records. The band's debut album, "Reign of the Unholy Blackened Empire", was produced by Glen Drover (Eidolon) and mastered by Andy LaRocque (King Diamond). An October release is expected. Download a rough-mix MP3 of the track "Storming the Pearly Gates".
ECLIPSE ETERNAL's vocalist Voldamares Gollum had this to say about the signing: "We are proud to have joined forces and become a part of the arsenal of Galy Records. We are honored to be in such elite company. Beware the time of transformation for it is near. The troops have gathered, the storm is coming, the unholy blackened empire has arisen from ashes."
"Reign of the Unholy Blackened Empire" track listing (in no particular order): More...
According to unconfirmed reports, yesterday's (July 5) first day of Athens Open Air festival in Athens, Greece was a near-disaster, as only four out of the six scheduled bands performed (there was no official word on what happened to DIMMU BORGIR, one of the two acts that failed to play at the event). In addition, there was a three-hour delay and tons of sand and remarkably "poor" stage lights and sound at the festival site (Aloimos beach). The second day of the festival, which was supposed to take place today (with scheduled performers including IN FLAMES, ANTHRAX, CHILDREN OF BODOM, PAIN OF SALVATION, KATATONIA and BATTLEROAR), is unofficially said to have been cancelled. No further information is currently available.