Dimmu Borgir Artwork Banned in North America
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Artwork for Norwegian melodic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR's upcoming album, In Sorte Diaboli - which is scheduled for an April 24th release in North America - has been banned by retailers. The slipcover artwork can be viewed at the end of this article.
The North American version of the "The Serpentine Offering" single will be available for digital download at iTunes.com beginning April 3rd (not March 30th as previously stated) and will include the following three songs: "The Serpentine Offering," "The Serpentine Offering" (Video Edit), and an instrumental version of "The Heretic Hammer" as an EXCLUSIVE track.
DIMMU BORGIR have announced their headlining tour of the U.S. and Canada with Unearth from Massachusetts, California's Devildriver, and Canada's Kataklysm, which begins Friday, April 20th in Cleveland, Ohio. Pre-sale tickets for The Invaluable Darkness Tour are available here. A complete listing of tour dates can be viewed here.
"It's been too long... The wait is over - FINALLY!" stated DIMMU songwriter/guitarist Silenoz. "It is with great anticipation that we look forward to start, for once, a World Tour on North American soil! We're excited to have Unearth, Devildriver and Kataklysm on this diabolic ride and can't wait to meet all our loyal fans and friends old and new once again. Come join us in The Invaluable Darkness!"
Unearth's Trevor Phipps predicts "this tour is going to be an un-fucking-real diverse clash of heavy music. We haven't hit the road with DIMMU since the 2004 Ozzfest. Devil Driver is always a great band to share the stage with and Kataklysm is one of the best death metal bands around today. Good times ahead!"
KATAKLYSM lead singer Maurizio Iacono chimes in: "We especially thank Silenoz for hand-picking KATAKLYSM for the tour. We are honored and look forward to sharing the stage with the other bands on the package - Unearth and Devildriver. We promise you that heads will roll!!"
Teaming up once again with producers Fredrik Nordström (Opeth, Arch Enemy, At The Gates) and Patrik J. Sten at the new Studio Fredman in Hyssna, Sweden, In Sorte Diaboli is DIMMU BORGIR's first concept album and a treatise on modern day political and social abuses of organized religion. An epic tale set in medieval Europe, this first-person account of an acolyte is told through his own journal entries, depicting his personal struggle with the teachings of the church. Experiencing a life-altering epiphany, he abandons the church completely, and his spiritual victory is won through his rejection of the concept of god.
In Sorte Diaboli will be available in North America in two different formats: a jewel-case CD and a limited edition digipak ( + bonus track, + bonus DVD with the Patric Ullaeus-directed video for "The Serpentine Offering," + "The Making Of In Sorte Diaboli" in-studio/behind the scenes footage). The complete track listing is as follows:
01. The Serpentine Offering
02. The Chosen Legacy
03. The Conspiracy Unfolds
04. The Sacrilegious Scorn
05. The Fallen Rises
06. Heretic Hammer (EXCLUSIVE North American Bonus Track)
07. The Sinister Awakening
08. The Fundamental Alienation
09. The Invaluable Darkness
10. The Foreshadowing Furnace
You can view the banned cover art on Dimmu Borgir's home page. Below is the slipcover art for Dimmu Borgir's "In Sorti Diaboli" based on the same art (you can view the full sized slipcover artwork here.):
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