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From: Oslo, Norway
Last Known Status: Active
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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.
Bleeding Through have firmed up their Ozzfest off-date schedule, here's where you can catch them:
July 15th Rochester, NY - Penny Arcade (Feat. Dimmu Borgir, God Forbid)
July 17th Norfolk, VA - Norva Theatre (Feat. Dimmu Borgir, Darkest Hour)
July 21st Louisville, KY - Union Station
July 30th Las Vegas, NV - Huntridge Theater (Feat. Dimmu Borgir, God Forbid)
August 02nd Phoenix, AZ - Mason Jar (Feat. Throwdown, Darkest Hour)
August 06th McAllen, TX - Villa Real (Feat. Dimmu Borgir, Otep)
August 08th El Paso, TX - Club Xscape (Feat. Dimmu Borgir)
August 15th Houghton, MI - Level 2 Skatepark (Feat. Throwdown)
August 20th Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's (Feat. Dimmu Borgir, God Forbid)
August 22nd Minneapolis, MN - Quest Club (Feat. Dimmu Borgir, Otep)
August 27th Syracuse, NY - Club Tundra (Feat. Throwdown)
August 29th Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection (Feat. Dimmu Borgir, Darkest Hour)
September 01st Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade (Feat. Dimmu Borgir)
According to an interview conducted by Pivotalrage.com with BLEEDING THROUGH's vocalist (Brandon), it seems that DIMMU BORGIR and LACUNA COIL are set to play some Off-fest (dates during Ozzfest when Ozzfest is not being played) dates together this summer. Here's the Q & A:
"PR: Are there going to be any off dates with any other bands from Ozzfest?"
"Brandon: Yeah we will either be doing off dates with SLAYER or DIMMU BORGIR and LACUNA COIL. If it works out our way it will be with SLAYER because we fit more with that crowd then a black metal crowd. But either way it’s going to be crazy."
Reno Killerich (PANZERCHRIST, VILE, HUMAN ERUPT) is strongly rumored to have landed the session-drummer gig in DIMMU BORGIR for the group's upcoming live appearances. The Danish skinsman, who rehearsed with DIMMU on Friday (March 26), is expected to join the band during Ozzfest 2004 as well as for the preceding European and South American dates, according to informed sources. In addition, it has been revealed that legendary drummer Gene Hoglan (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DARK ANGEL) has offered his services to the group in the event that DIMMU BORGIR don't find a suitable replacement for Nick Barker, who was unceremoniously "removed" from the band's lineup in January.
Killerich, widely considered to be one of the most skilled speed/grind drummers around, won the title "fastest feet in the world" with more than 800 hits on the pedals in one minute at the NAMM music convention in the U.S., according to published reports.
Norwegian Symphonic Black metal gods DIMMU BORGIR have recruited Asgeir Mickelson (BORKNAGAR, SPIRAL ARCHITECT) as the session drummer for their upcoming live appearances.
Mickelson joins the DIMMU ranks as a temporary replacement for Nick Barker, who was unceremoniously "removed" from the group's lineup in January.
In his first interview since being fired from DIMMU BORGIR, Barker told Blabbermouth.net that the group's decision to let him go came as a "total surprise" to him, with Nick attributing the split to "the distance thing — me being English and those guys being Norwegians. And me commuting from England to Norway all the time. I guess they thought things just weren't working out. I [also] think there might have been a few cultural differences, with me being English and those guys being Norwegians."
DIMMU BORGIR are scheduled to play a few live shows in South America in late April, to be followed by several European festival appearances and a much-anticipated main-stage slot at this year's Ozzfest.