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Mike Portnoy Tapped As New Dimmu Borgir Drummer

In an exclusive announcement, ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy has revealed to MetalUnderground.com that he is to be the new drummer of Norwegian symphonic black metal band Dimmu Borgir. He writes, "I’m pumped to be the new drummer for my boys in Dimmu Borgir! It will be one hell of a year, but I’ll be pushing myself in new directions." When asked for comment, Dimmu Borgir vocalist Shagrath confirmed and noted, "Mike is a logical step forward for the band."

Dimmu Borgir has had a rotating cast of drummers through their career, including Reno Kiilerich, Hellhammer, Nick Barker, Tony Laureano, and most recently Daray. Mike Portnoy adds, "I’m working on some brutal ideas for my corpse paint already. Get ready!" Portnoy is set to play with the band at their "Forces of the Northern Night" show in Oslo on May 28th, with the backing of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and Choir. Portnoy adds that, "It will be like the time DT and I played with the orchestra at Radio City Music Hall, but this time with blast beats. Get ready, Norway!"

His time ended with Avenged Sevenfold, Portnoy’s other musical projects this year include a project with Symphony X’s Russell Allen and guitarist Mike Orlando. Also on tap for Portnoy is a project with Spock’s Beard’s Neal Morse, Deep Purple’s Steve Morse, the Dixie Dregs’ Dave LaRue, and Alpha Rev’s Casey McPherson.

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1. thadeus writes:

who would have thought?

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2. thadeus writes:

april fooled me.

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3. - writes:

April fools.

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4. n0thinghead writes:

black mike!! lmao now, in a drum solo, he'll be breathing fire and his drum set will start bleeding.

# Apr 1, 2011 @ 10:19 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. PANDA writes:

I can't wait for the newbs who get on here days from now and are like "OMIGAW NO WAAAIIII D':" lmfao!

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6. Shno writes:

Almost spilled my coffee laughing so hard...great stuff lmao

# Apr 1, 2011 @ 10:26 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Verdelet writes:

lololol this is so not a good idea hahaha..

# Apr 1, 2011 @ 10:34 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. BrianMN writes:

If Watkins can leave Obituary to join Gorgoroth then why not Portnoy?
Dimmu would just toss him like they do everyone else anyway.
April fools indeed.

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9. mikey808 writes:

haha awesome!!

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10. -Metal_Rapture- writes:

Wow, haha that was a awesome wtf moment for me. Great april fools progressivity. This is my favorite day on MU every year.

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11. Li Heng writes:

"Mike is a logical step forward for the band."

LMAO.

# Apr 1, 2011 @ 12:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Szajba writes:

yea, right ;)

# Apr 1, 2011 @ 1:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. RTB writes:

i wish

# Apr 1, 2011 @ 2:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. RememberMetal? writes:

Actually... he could almost manage the Vortex-style vocals :P

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15. metalfan653 writes:

Lol can't wait for the next album.

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16. Progressivity_In_All writes:

Check that out -- 666 "likes" for this. Thanks, guys.

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17. Rayze writes:

Who's the one person who will ruin the 666 likes?

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18. GORECUNT writes:

This would actually be cool

# Apr 2, 2011 @ 11:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. adie nesta writes:

cool.,.,.,.,get fire yeaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh

# Apr 4, 2011 @ 10:34 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Miguel Melo writes:

Thank god for 1st April.Nice one btw,totally fooled me!

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21. Jay3730 writes:

OMIGAW NO WAAAIIII D':

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22. PANDA writes:

^^^^^ I don't appreciate your mockery, sir.

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23. Jay3730 writes:

:D

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24. Blindgreed1 writes:

Back up off our Panda girl Jay.

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25. n0thinghead writes:

::slows stands up from stair, after flicking cigarette, then cracks knuckles::

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26. Jay3730 writes:

I didn't really mean to sound like an a$$hole with that comment, and I didn't realize she was serious with her response. I apologize. I will be more cautious with future posts.

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27. Nunya writes:

This would have actually been awesome

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28. John Moores writes:

luzz111

and juan111

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29. n0thinghead writes:

::walks pass Jay and into the men's bathroom::

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30. givememore writes:

CUAC!

# Apr 7, 2011 @ 12:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. revazakh ery writes:

can't wait...!!!!hail mike!!!!!!!!!

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32. noreturn writes:

This must be a joke...

# Apr 15, 2011 @ 10:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. PORTNOY's HATER! 100% writes:

WHAT ON EARTH IS WRONG WITH YOU PORTNOY!? HAVE YOU LOST YOUR SENSES?! HOW COULD YOU DO SUCH A HORRIBLE THNG?! YOU'RE "EVIL!" THEY ARE THE DEVIL MEANIeSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! P

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