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Norwegian symphonic black metal outfit Dimmu Borgir has announced that fellow countrymen Enslaved and Sahg will be opening for them when they embark on a headlining tour of Europe this September, which is in support of their forthcoming new studio album, "Abrahadabra."
Guitarist/songwriter Silenoz states: "Parts of the European trek on our Darkness Reborn World Tour will come in support from our friends in Enslaved and Sahg! We're excited to share the stage with these great bands and finally again be able to perform new material for our fans, old and new alike!"
The members of Enslaved check in about the upcoming trek: “We are glad to confirm that we have been invited to do direct support on Dimmu Borgir’s European tour in September and October. We are delighted to announce these dates as the opening of Enslaved’s touring for our new album Axioma Ethica Odini. It will be great to be touring with another Norwegian band. High spirits should be a guaranteed; we’re looking forward to this one!”
Sahg adds: "This tour will prove that nothing exceeds Norwegian metal! Sahg is proud to be in this line-up of Norway's deadliest, with Dimmu Borgir and Enslaved. We can't wait to perform the songs from our brand new album, Sahg III, to the European audience for the very first time."
Norwegian symphonic black metal band Dimmu Borgir has announced additional dates to the first European leg of the co-headlining “Darkness Reborn World Tour,” which is in support of the band's new studio album, "Abrahadabra." The new album will be released in Germany on September 24th, in the rest of Europe on September 27th, and in North America on October 12th.
Dimmu Borgir's upcoming tour dates are as follows:
9/19 – HMH, Amsterdam, NE (w/ KORN)
9/20 – Bataclan, Paris, FR (DB Headlining Show)
9/21 – Forum, London, U.K. (DB Headlining Show)
9/23 – Eishalle Seutweg, Winterthur, CH (w/ Korn)
9/24 – Zenith, Munich, DE (w/ KORN)
9/26 – Gasometer, Vienna, AT (w/ KORN)
9/27 – Alcatraz, Milan, IT (DB Headlining Show)
9/30 – Den Atelier, Luxembourg, LU (DB Headlining Show) More...
Dimmu Borgir recently announced the band's new album will be titled "Abrahadabra," and the full cover artwork is now available for viewing here. The band issued the following statement about the meaning behind the title:
"The word 'abrahadabra' (which roughly translates into 'I will create as I speak') first publicly appeared in Chapter III of Liber AL vel Legis (commonly referred to as The Book of the Law) written by Aleister Crowley in Cairo, Egypt in 1904."
Dimmu Borgir's vocalist Shagrath also shared the following comments about the new album:
"After eleven months of total focus, dedication and professional team work, Darkness has been reborn. Some people have expressed their concern about the future of the band since the departure of some members of the clan. Let me assure you that things happen for a reason. The black flame burns brighter than ever before. With the mixture of our different musical preferences and the personalities involved, I will dare to say we have created a beast, the most detailed work to date out of our 17 years of existence. I know it’s too much of a cliché to brag when you have a done a new album, but to put it short and simple, it’s a fist in the face to all the doubters out there. Forward – Onward - March... Enter the supreme unknown.”
For the second time in the band’s career (since 1996’s Stormblåst), a one-word album title breaks the tradition of a three-word album title for a new studio release dating back to Dimmu Borgir’s 1994’s debut, "For All Tid." More...
Dimmu Borgir has announced the band's upcoming album will be titled "Abrahadabra." The full cover artwork for the album, which was created by German artist Joachim Luetke, can be viewed now at this location. "Abrahadabra," Dimmu Borgir's ninth studio album, will be released in Germany on September 24th, in the rest of Europe on September 27th, and in North America on October 12th.
In early June, Dimmu Borgir announced a collaboration with Norwegian composer Gaute Storaas in addition to the 51 members of KORK (the Norwegian Radio Orchestra) and the 38-member Schola Cantorum Choir for their new release. To date, over 101 musicians have contributed to the making of the new album.
The third of four portions of the new artwork for the as-yet-untitled Dimmu Borgir album has been uploaded to the band’s MySpace page.
When asked if there’s a connection between the image on the new album and the character from "Death Cult Armageddon," German artist Joachim Luetke responds: "The [older] character’s called The Wanderer. Now, in retrospective, I feel that he’s always been the prophet, the herald of an age to come. Now he’s roaming the world after mankind’s demise. He’s the last of his kind. Neither human nor god – the perfect link to the age of the elder gods.”
Luetke’s artwork and layout art also appeared in the earlier album's "In Sorte Diaboli" and "Death Cult Armageddon." Dimmu Borgir's ninth studio album will be released in Germany on September 24th, in the rest of Europe on September 27th, and in North America on October 12th.
The second of four portions of the new artwork for the as-yet-untitled Dimmu Borgir album has been uploaded to the band’s MySpace page. When asked if fans should look for something hidden in the artwork that may not be obvious at first glance, German artist Joachim Luetke responds:
“It’s not like looking at a picture puzzle, but if you listen to the music while looking at the imagery, an additional dimension will unfold before your eyes, that’s for sure. Learning about the real meaning of the album title is also a useful key to it.”
In early June, Dimmu Borgir announced a collaboration with Norwegian composer Gaute Storaas in addition to the 51 members of KORK (the Norwegian Radio Orchestra) and the 38-member Schola Cantorum Choir for their new release. To date, over 101 musicians have contributed to the making of the new album. More...
Dimmu Borgir has enlisted German artist Joachim Luetke to create the cover artwork for the band's upcoming album. When asked what he feels his approach does for Dimmu Borgir, Luetke responds: "My artwork visualizes their music, adds another (optical) dimension to it. I don’t know exactly how this works. Cannot tell what kind of interior mechanism gets triggered by their music, but it’s clearly an utmost powerful one. Analyzing this means destroying it. As for our repeated collaborations, well, that’s probably because we share the similar philosophy at eye level."
Luetke’s artwork and layout art also graces two other Dimmu Borgor albums: 2003’s "Death Cult Armageddon" and 2007’s "In Sorte Diaboli." In early June, the band announced their collaboration with Norwegian composer and Berklee College of Music summa cum laude alumnus Gaute Storaas in addition to the 51 members of KORK (the Norwegian Radio Orchestra) and the 38-member Schola Cantorum Choir for their new release. To date, over 101 musicians have contributed to the making of the new album. Dimmu Borgir's ninth studio album will be released in Germany on September 24th, in the rest of Europe on September 27th, and in North America on October 12th.
The band has now revealed a portion of the cover artwork online, which can be viewed at this location.
Extreme metal legends have united as INSIDIOUS DISEASE will unleash the most violent death metal album to come along in years. The band consists of Dimmu Borgir’s main songwriter Silenoz, bassist Shane Embury (Napalm Death), guitarist Jardar (Old Mans Child), drummer Tony Laureano (Angelcorpse, Nile) and vocalist Marc Grewe (from German death metal band Morgoth) will release its debut album "Shadowcast" via Century Media Records on July 12th in Europe and July 27th in North America.
INSIDIOUS DISEASE is proud to unveil a brand new artwork trailer for Shadowcast offering a glimpse at the morbid visuals accompanying the release. Check out the video below:
Silenoz further explains the concept of Shadowcast, which has way more to offer than just typical death metal gore galore, “The basic idea behind Shadowcast lyrically is an attempt to describe the ‘misfits’ in this world: the misunderstood, mentally defect and depraved individuals that walk among us - rapists, serial killers, pedophiles, necrophiles and drug addicts, etc. It could be your neighbor, you just never know, it could be YOU!" More...
Dimmu Borgir have just announced a series of dates with long running nu-metal act Korn. The concerts, which are taking place at various locations across Europe, feature Dimmu Borgir in the direct support slot - playing right before Korn.
Dimmu Borgir & Korn dates:
19 September – HMH, Amsterdam
23 September – Eishalle Seutweg, Winterthur
24 September – Zenith, Munich
26 September – Gasometer, Vienna
1 October – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels
2 October – Rosengarten, Mannheim
3 October – Palladium, Cologne
5 October – Haus-Auensee, Leipzig
6 October – C-Halle, Berlin
Guitarist/songwriter Silenoz commented by saying:
"We [are] really look forward to finally start the touring cycle in support of our new monster! Special thanks to Jonathan and Korn for giving us the opportunity!"
Norwegian black metal outfit Dimmu Borgir has announced that they will be performing a one-off show at The Forum in London, England on September 21st. The show will be a break from the recording of the band's new studio album, which currently remains untitled.
Norwegian symphonic black metal band Dimmu Brogir has announced a collaboration with Norwegian composer Gaute Storaas in addition to the 51 members of KORK (the Norwegian Radio Orchestra) and the 38-member Schola Cantorum Choir for the band's as-yet-untitled new album. To date, over 101 musicians have lent their talents to the making of the album.
Composer Gaute Storaas shares some insight on what it’s like to work with Dimmu Borgir: "There have been several attempts of dressing up rock bands in suits, bow ties, and symphonic splendor - to various degrees of success. Working with Dimmu Borgir is quite different. Their music is epic, thematic and symphonic already from the creation; they are clearly having an orchestral approach to composing. My role in this is sometimes just to transcribe their themes, sometimes to take their ideas, tear them apart and build them back up in ways that are true to the band's intentions. The music must also be both interesting and playable for the musicians, and hopefully, meet the quality standards of the orchestral world.”
Dimmu Borgir's ninth studio album will be released in Germany on October 8th, in the rest of Europe on October 11th, and in North America on October 12th.
Swedish power/heavy metal band Dream Evil has launched a new trailer as a promotion for their latest release, In The Night. They also announced that In The Night has reached #53 on the Swedish sales charts. It was not specified exactly which sales chart they achieved that rank in.
“ ‘In The Night’ is available as CD, Digital Download and also as Limited Edition Mediabook CD with alternate cover artwork, extended booklet, two bonus tracks (‘Good Nightmare’ and ‘The Return’) as well as an exclusive patch!
“Dream Evil are currently on tour promoting ‘In The Night’ on shows with Stratovarius and Tracedawn... Dream Evil’s drummer, Pat Power, quickly checked in as follows:
"Finally the roads are seeing Dream Evil again! The tour has been amazing so far! The crowd is wild and the metal anthems run like thunder, crushing all non-believers! People in the cities salute our arrival with mighty roars. Hail all the fans who join our crusade! Hope to see you out there too! Until then, metal forever!
“ ‘In The Night’ was once again produced at Sweden’s Studio Fredman (Dimmu Borgir, In Flames, HammerFall, etc.), which is owned by Dream Evil axeman Fredrik Nordström, and the stunning artwork was created by Gustavo Sazes / www.abstrata.net (Arch Enemy, Firewind, Krisiun etc.).”
The band has added the songs ‘Band Your Head’ and ‘Immortal’ on their MySpace page."
Here are all the exact upcoming Dream Evil dates:
Dream Evil + Stratovarius & Tracedawn:
SA 06.02.2010 Lund (Sweden) – Mejeriet
SU 07.02.2010 Göteborg (Sweden) – Brew House
MO 08.02.2010 Oslo (Norway) – Rockefeller
TU 09.02.2010 Stockholm (Sweden) – Klubben
Dream Evil - Festivals 2010:
SA 14.08.2010 Catton Hall Derby (UK) – Bloodstock Open Air
SA 28.08.2010: Rijssen (NL) – Elsrock Festival
Guitarist Silenoz of Norwegian black metallers DIMMU BORGIR recently spoke to U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the band's follow-up to 2007's In Sorte Diaboli.
"The words that come to mind, if we should even try and attempt at describing (the new material) at this point, would be something like: grand, huge, epic and primal," he said. "It has this eerie and haunting feel to it. Atmosphere and ambience!
He continued, "It's hard to say anything distinct or speak objectively about the new material when you're in the middle of the writing process — we're too close to it at this stage — but we'd be lying if we said it's not good. We're very confident in the new material and we believe it'll raise a few eyebrows. We might even have to trim our own!"
Regarding why the wait between albums seems to be getting longer for DIMMU BORGIR, Silenoz said, "Because we want the next album to be a better and stronger one. We're more critical of each process and we take the time it needs. Quality is, at the end of the day, in the eye of the beholder, but once we start rushing things, like trying to write music while on tour to speed things up — forget about it. We've tried it before and it didn't work. We focus 110 percent on one thing at a time. Plus, if we'd release an album every year, where would the expectation be? Where would the excitement be?"
Ov Hell, the new band from Shagrath (Dimmu Borgir) and King (God Seed, I, Sahg, ex-Gorgoroth) has completed work on the band's first studio album. "The Underworld Regime" is due in early February 2010 via Indie Recordings. The tracks were recorded at Earshot Studio and feature Shagrath on vocals, King on bass, Frost (Satyricon) on drums, Ice Dale (Enslaved) on guitar, and Teloch (Nidingr, God Seed) on guitar.
"The Underworld Regime" was produced by Herbrand Larsen and mastered in Livingroom studios by Espen Berg and Shagrath, under the influence of the swine flu and Streptococcus, November 2009. King wrote all of the music for the album, while Shagrath wrote all lyrics with contributions from Silenoz and Sarah Owens. The Underworld Regime track listing is as follows:
1. Devil’s Harlot
2. Post Modern Sadist
4. Perpetual Night
6. Acts of Sin
7. Krigsatte Faner
8. Hill Norge
Two rough-mix sample tracks from "The Underworld Regime" can be heard on the band's MySpace page.
Norwegian black metallers Dimmu Borgir have launched a new YouTube page to feature their newly posted video clips. The page, which can be found at this location, includes music videos and behind-the-scenes studio footage.
I.C.S. Vortex, former bassist for Dimmu Borgir and currently with Lamented Souls, has issued the following announcement about his upcoming releases:
"First song is recorded for the I.C.S Vortex album and the rest will follow during this winter. Release early fall 2010. Studio is booked for Lamented Souls in March and release date is set to late fall 2010. And for those wondering about the revival of Arcturus, I was told by an alien that 2011 is a lucky number..."
Out of Norway's biggest and darkest metal bands rises Ov Hell. This group of Satan’s all-stars has been sharpening their teeth in some of black metal's most influential bands for many years. Known as key figures in bands such as Dimmu Borgir and Gorgoroth, Shagrath and King have come together to bring forward a new chapter in Norwegian black metal history. Ov Hell will carry on in the same tradition for which King and Shagrath are known, but the collaboration between the two will mark a new era for them both.
Frost (Satyricon, 1349), Ice Dale (Enslaved, I) and Teloch (Nidingr, God Seed, 1349) have been recruited for the first full-length release. The album will contain all of the power and blast beats worthy of their evil pedigrees.
King comments: "The first Ov Hell release will contain music I've worked on in my Gorgoroth and God Seed years. It's been a little hell to actually see this music form into a band, so the name of the band is quite suitable. Through the first song I got from Shagrath I knew that he would be the perfect man to join forces with. He has strong individual qualities and a strong will to power. I am very positive that when we finish up this album it will be an album that won't sound like anything we have done before, and with a quality that won't stand back from anything presented in black metal earlier!"
Shagrath comments: “With both of our demanding music careers and other projects, timing was not on our side. After last years inferno festival, King and I yet again joined forces to brainstorm our need to collaborate our passion for dark art. Over the course of the past year, King sent me demo ideas that were so inspiring it made me put my skeptic feelings aside. I wasn't sure if I wanted to have another Black Metal project but my unquenchable thirst to explore my darkest beast, launched the birth Ov Hell. The majestic Ov Hell has become a band that reflects our roots, raw, ugly, arrogantly blasphemous with uncompromising truth from two influential Norwegian musicians needing to express our primitive side, straight out Ov Hell.”
Two new tracks, "Devil's Harlot" and "Ghosting" from the yet untitled upcoming album, have been uploaded to the band's MySpace.
Shagrath (Dimmu Borgir, Chrome Division) - vocals
King (God Seed, Gorgoroth, Jotunspor, I, Sahg, Audrey Horne) - bass
Ice Dale (Enslaved, I, Audrey Horne, Trinacria, Demonaz) - guitar
Frost (Satyricon, 1349) - drums
Teloch (Nidingr, God Seed, 1349, Umoral) – guitar.
Ov Hell online:
Veteran metal drummer Nick Barker, who has previously been a part of Cradle Of Filth, Testament, Dimmu Borgir, Exodus, Lock Up and Brujeria, will be joining British death metal veterans Benediction on their upcoming tour of South America which is scheduled to kick off in December. A message from the band reads as follows:
"Venues and cities are still coming through but this is what is shaping up so far. Our good friend, Nick Barker, will be on the drums for Benediction on this tour so it should be a full on holocaust!"
Norwegian symphonic black metal band Dimmu Borgir have issued the following update regarding the progress on their new as-yet-untitled album:
"We're more than halfway into it at this point and to say we're excited about this material would be an understatement!
"There will be an orchestra and a choir which we still have to pick out, but judging from what we have so far and what is brewing, it’s going to sound absolutely massive and heavy, dark and epic!"
Photos from the recording session can be found here.
Norwegian symphonic black metal band Dimmu Borgir have issued the following statement regarding the firings of bassist, Vortex, and keyboard player, Mustis:
"Man, what a shit storm response!
"Too bad all the shit is thrown in the wrong direction.
"Oh well, what else could we expect? We don’t blame you as you still haven’t heard the other side, the band’s side. We have put up with unprofessionalism and bad live performances for years. This couldn’t be ignored anymore as we firmly believe the fans deserve the best on both records and shows.
"First of all, a big thank you to those who still have their own mind intact and believe in the music of the band and not only judge by what is falsely accused in statements posted online by recently fired members based on their ignorance, bitterness and greed. A quite normal human response when being disappointed but we hope you kept in mind the saying that goes: 'Those who scream the loudest have the most to hide…'