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Dimmu Borgir Reveals New Full-Length Album Details

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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.

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1. PorcupineTreeFan writes:

I have always liked this band. I was introduced to Dimmu in 2003 when they released "Death Cult Armageddon". Such an epic album! "In Sorte Diaboli" was also a great album (yay concept albums!!). This new album should be worth checking out.

Now Playing: "Nomad" by Sepultura

# Jun 1, 2010 @ 5:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. KickAssDuke writes:

Agreed with PTF, can't wait to hear the new stuff.


NP: King's X - "Dogman"

# Jun 1, 2010 @ 5:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Blindgreed1 writes:

I am intrigued and concerned.

# Jun 1, 2010 @ 5:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Trendkill91 writes:

With 2 key members gone in the band, who knows what they will sound like.

Hopefully it is more black metal and less symphonic stuff.
Even tho , those epic keyboard sound awesome.

# Jun 1, 2010 @ 6:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. xFiruath writes:

I think the fact that they are talking about working with a composer, 51 members of Kork, and the 38 member Schola Cantorum Choir very much means it will be more symphonic and less black metal. But that doesn't mean it won't be great. The Septic Flesh album "Communion" used a full orchestra and choir and it was balls to the wall awesome.

# Jun 1, 2010 @ 6:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Blindgreed1 writes:

TK, from the sounds of it, It will be MORE symphonic. Hiring a composer and 51 people from an orchestra leads me to believe it will be VERY symphonic, which I actually enjoy. I happen to know an insider who gives me info on Dimmu and he said to expect great things from this effort. My only concern stems from the statement "sometimes to take their ideas, tear them apart and build them back up in ways that are true to the band's intentions". It concerns me when someone else interprets intentions.

# Jun 1, 2010 @ 6:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. RTB writes:

Its shagrath's show....him and silenoz are the face of DB but more shagrath...i was concerned when the 2 members left, but after realizing that shagrath has been the workhorse of the group over the years, writes, has played every instrument except bass and is an amazing song writter in my eyes, i have full confidence that this record will be as good if not better than insorte diaboli...he is my favorite front man as we speak along with max caavalera but im sure shagrath will assure all borgir fans that this will be another epic borgir lp and nothing less.... oct 12 is circled on the calendar....
Greed, have a good show on june 5 bro...
And make sure send an invite to met 666
\m/ \m/

# Jun 1, 2010 @ 7:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Trendkill91 writes:

I would have personally loved the band to steer in a different direction.

I really dig what Shagrath did with Ov Hell.
That's badass Black Metal.

I know what you guys mean tho.
More musicans they are working with.
Kind of like The Apostasy by Behemoth , how they has live trumpets and brass instruments.

Im looking forward to the new Dimmu without Vortex's epic singing.

# Jun 1, 2010 @ 7:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Analguest writes:

there will never be another album like "puritanical euphoric misanthropia' this is the best symphonic black metal album ever made, and why look at the albums dimmu made before vortex and mustis joined and you'll see how influential they were.still hope for the best with this album, such a shame in sorte was a letdown...

# Jun 1, 2010 @ 9:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Trendkill91 writes:

They are great at there instruments and Vortex was a good singer.

Im just interested what it sounds like now since they never replaced him.
Not saying they are crap and the band is boring but im curious as to what Dimmu Borgir will sound like after Mustis and Vortex have left. Maybe heavier? Better?
Who knows?

I look forward to hearing it.

# Jun 1, 2010 @ 9:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. RTB writes:

In sorte was a let down?...wow

# Jun 1, 2010 @ 10:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. metalheaddrummer101 writes:

released in the US on my birthday, I hope it's a good one .
I really did like In Sorte
N.P-Dimmu Borgir-Mourning Palace

# Jun 1, 2010 @ 11:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. EsotericSurgery writes:

In Sorte Diaboli was my favorite DB album to date...let down!? lol

# Jun 2, 2010 @ 12:37 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. metalmayhem writes:

"Cataclysm Children" that is all I can say about this band. That song was and still is great. However, they really aren't a black metal band at all. To me its more like "theatrical thrash"??? Perhaps I have added yet another genre to the ever growing list. Having said that I am both a huge black metal fan, and a DB fan. Interested to hear the new one...

# Jun 2, 2010 @ 12:48 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Arnian writes:

Looking forward to checking this out. They have never *really* let me down, in regards to both their music and their ability to make the haters come out :P

# Jun 2, 2010 @ 1:35 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Shoe Police writes:

It's great to see everyone supporting this band. Vortex and Mustis leaving was a huge blow, but it appears that they have regained their footing and are charging ahead in a bold new way. I am very hopeful that this new album will be massive and epic. Just imagine Progenies of the Great Apocalypse minus the singing. Still F*cking awesome.

# Jun 2, 2010 @ 6:32 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. hilzzy writes:

it never really concerned me that vortex and mustis left because i thought their first three albums which they did without them were best (For All Tid, Stormblast, EDT).
Not that their recent albums were bad

# Jun 2, 2010 @ 7:00 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. hilzzy writes:

still looking forward to the album tho

# Jun 2, 2010 @ 7:02 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Dasher10 writes:

Wow, with only three members remaining and the disappointment of ISD, I assumed that this album would be completely devoid of musical ideas. Still, these details are making me realize that I may have been wrong and this album may actually be awesome.

# Jun 2, 2010 @ 9:28 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. hater_guy writes:

should be interesting

# Jun 2, 2010 @ 11:35 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. DeathInEye writes:

Yeah, my guess is it will sound similar to Septic Flesh's Communion, which quickly grew to be a favorite album of mine. I'm eagerly awaiting their next release, as well.

I'm curious why In Sorte Diaboli is being called a let-down. Dimmu Borgir has always had an epic, symphonic sound, and to me, In Sorte Diaboli was damn near, if not the epidome of what Dimmu Borgir has always been trying to do.

The addition of an orchestra and choir seems like a logical step, though a step with risks, as BG has pointed out. But what good is art without risks? A good artist is always trying to push limits and explore new territory, which brings up another risk. This has been done. What will be new? Is 'new to Dimmu Borgir' new enough? Maybe the addition of a composer is new, I'm not positive.

# Jun 2, 2010 @ 1:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. RememberMetal? writes:

Regardless of what Dimmu have to say about former members Mustis and Vortex, their absence will be felt on this album. I've been a fan for 10 years, and while I'm sure the new one will be good, I think their best years (97-01), where I stand anyway--are behind them. Heres to hoping they prove me wrong though.

# Jun 2, 2010 @ 5:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. Hammerheart writes:

Even more symphonic? Sounds great. Though the lack of Mustis or Vortex's presence will clearly be obvious, that doesn't mean it will be a bad album. Personally, "Enthrone Darkness Triumphant" was my favorite of theirs, and that didn't have either of them on it.

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