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Dimmu Borgir

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Formed: 1993
From: Oslo, Norway
Last Known Status: Active

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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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Bleeding Through Off-Fest Dates

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)

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Lacuna Coil And Dimmu Borgir To Do Off-Fest Dates?

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."

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Killerich To Be Dimmu Borgir Session Drummer?

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.

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Dimmu Borgir Announce New Session Drummer

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.

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After Forever Confirmed For Zillo Festival

As previously reported, the Zillo Festival will be held from July 16th - 18th at Loreley Freilichtbühne in St. Goarshausen, Germany.

The latest addition to the festival line-up is the Dutch Atmospheric doom metal act AFTER FOREVER.

The complete list of acts scheduled to appear at the festival now includes: AFTER FOREVER, WITHIN TEMPTATION, DIMMU BORGIR, IN EXTREMO, L'AME IMMORTELLE, LAIBACH, BLUTENGEL, DAS ICH, SCHANDMAUL, LACUNA COIL, THE GATHERING, :SITD, ALIEN SEX FIEND, SUICIDE COMMANDO, SEROTONINE, UMBRA ET IMAGO, FAUN, SKINNY PUPPY, LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT, GTTERDMMERUNG and DEATHSTARS.

More acts will be announced soon.

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Lamented Souls Release 'The Origins of Misery'

After many delays the first full length album of LAMENTED SOULS, entitled 'The Origins of Misery' has finally been released! For those not familiar with this band, it features members from both BEYOND DAWN and DIMMU BORGIR/ Arcturus/ Borknagar (last 3 bands due to the presence of Simen Hestnaes, ICS Vortex). The album has been released on Duplicate Records and promises to be one of the best Doom releases of this year!

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Nightwish Confirmed For Dynamo 2004

As previously reported, the 2004 Dynamo Open Air festival will take place on Saturday, June 5th at Goffertpark in Nijmegen, Holland.The latest act confirmed for the festival is NIGHTWISH.

The confirmed line-up for the festival now includes: SLAYER (headlining), NIGHTWISH, LIFE OF AGONY, DIMMU BORGIR, CHILDREN OF BODOM.

More bands will be announced soon.

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Official Lineup For Ozzfest 2004 Announced

Ozzfest's ninth incarnation kicks off July 10 in Hartford, Connecticut and will find Ozzy Osbourne sharing the main stage with Judas Priest, reunited with longtime singer Rob Halford; Slayer; Norwegian black metal sextet Dimmu Borgir; Black Label Society; and Superjoint Ritual, fronted by Pantera's Phil Anselmo. Fans voting on www.ozzfest.com helped choose the second-stage bands, which include Slipknot (headline the second stage), Hatebreed, Lamb of God, Atreyu, Bleeding Through, Lacuna Coil, Every Time I Die and Unearth. Additional artists are expected to be announced later. (UPDATE: God Forbid is also listed on the official Ozzfest site)

Twenty-six cities are scheduled for the trek, which starts on the East Coast, heads west to California, then takes the southern route back to wrap up in West Palm Beach, Florida, on September 4. Tickets go on sale February 28.

Ozzfest tour dates, according to its publicists: More...

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Slayer, Life Of Agony, Dimmu Borgir For Dynamo

SLAYER, LIFE OF AGONY, DIMMU BORGIR and CHILDREN OF BODOM are the first acts confirmed for Dynamo Open Air, a one-day Dutch heavy metal festival scheduled to be held Saturday, June 5 in the Goffertpark in Nijmegen, Holland.

There will be a total of 14 bands appearing on two stages, "pretty much in the same set-up as in the year 2000 when Dynamo was held at the same location," according to a posting on the festival's official web site. Tickets are 50 euros. The gates will open at 12:00 p.m. (noon) and the first band goes on at 1:00 p.m.

For more information, visit www.dynamo.nl.

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Judas Priest And Slayer Confirmed For Ozzfest 2004

Billboard.com is reporting that SLAYER, JUDAS PRIEST and SLIPKNOT will join OZZY OSBOURNE as the mainstage acts on this year's Ozzfest, set to begin in early July. Details of the tour will be announced next week in Los Angeles Other bands said to be "all-but-confirmed" are: Hatebreed, Superjoint Ritual and Dimmu Borgir.

Other bands who are said to be "in-talks" with playing Ozzfest this year are as follows:
In Flames, Lacuna Coil, Fear Factory, Black Label Society, and Unearth.The official press-release for bands and dates will be announced Thursday, February 19th.

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Nick Barker Discusses Departure From Dimmu Borgir

Former DIMMU BORGIR drummer Nick Barker has spoken exclusively to Blabbermouth about his surprising departure from the group.

In an official statement announcing Barker's departure, DIMMU BORGIR indicated that "Nicholas has been removed" from the band's lineup and advised their fans to not "waste [their] time speculating why," adding that "we have already moved on."

The following is a transcript of an exclusive question-and-answer session held between Blabbermouth and Nick Barker the evening of Monday, February 9: More...

Read the full article at Blabbermouth.

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Barker's Depature From Dimmu Borgir Confirmed

Norwegian symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR have issued an official statement confirming the departure of drummer Nick Barker (as exclusively reported here yesterday).

Their statement reads as follows:

"Nicholas has been removed from the line up of DIMMU BORGIR. A session drummer will be used in the future. Don't waste your time speculating why, we have already moved on. See you on the road very soon!"

Barker joined DIMMU BORGIR in 1999 as a replacement for original drummer Tjodalv (a.k.a. Kenneth Åkesson). He has since appeared on two full-length studio albums with the band: "Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia" (2001, Nuclear Blast) and "Death Cult Armageddon" (2003, Nuclear Blast).

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Drummer Nick Barker Out Of Dimmu Borgir?

DIMMU BORGIR are strongly rumored to have parted ways with Nick Barker (ex-Cradle of Filth, Lock Up). Their publicist Maria Ferrero has confirmed that drummer has left the band.

The group, who recently cancelled their Japanese/Australian tour, have yet to officially comment on the matter. Furthermore, the official website has been down for the past few weeks.

Barker joined DIMMU BORGIR in 1999 as a replacement for original drummer Tjodalv (a.k.a. Kenneth Åkesson). He has since appeared on two full-length studio albums with the band: "Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia" (2001, Nuclear Blast) and "Death Cult Armageddon" (2003, Nuclear Blast).

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Dimmu Borgir Cancel Japanese And Australian Tours

Norwegian Black metallers DIMMU BORGIR have reportedly cancelled all of their Australian/Japanese dates that were scheduled to take place in early February. Although no official reason was given for the cancellation, it is believed that problems with the Japanese portion of the trek led to the decision to call off both tours. This is the second time Dimmu Borgir have cancelled an Australian tour, having previously axed what would have been their first-ever trip Down Under back in 1999. DARK FUNERAL will cover up for them, co- headlining with ZYKLON.

The affected dates are as follows: More...

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Dimmu Borgir Songs Featured in Hellboy Film

Norwegian black metallers Dimmu Borgir will have two songs featured in the trailer for the upcoming and much anticipated "Hellboy" movie. “Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse” and “Eradication Instincts Defined”, the featured tracks, are off the latest Dimmu Borgir album, Death Cult Armageddon, which entered the Billboard charts at #169 on it's September 9th, 2003 release date.

The supernatural action adventure film, which was written and directed by Guillermo Del Toro ("Blade 2") and based on the enormously popular Dark Horse Comics series of the same name, will be released nationally on April 2, 2004.

The Hellboy trailer, which is around 2 minutes long, will be attached to Tom Cruise's 'The Last Saumrai', hitting theaters on December 5th.

Click here to see more information about the movie: http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/hellboy/hellsite/

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