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Dimmu Borgir Frontman Speaks To Las Vegas Mercury

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Norway may seem like a quiet, peaceful land of fishing villages and ski hamlets, but beneath its icy charm lurks a long history of pagan rituals and Viking bloodlust. Although not always obvious to outsiders, this dark history has had a profound influence on Norway's national character, feeding the collective anxiety and terror reflected in Norwegian artist Edvard Munch's all-too-familiar painting "The Scream."

Perhaps this same angst fueled the development of black metal--the sonic scourge of the country since the early '80s. Influenced by the quasi-satanic (but largely theatrical) heavy metal of British acts like Black Sabbath and Mercyful Fate, black metal festered in Norway's winter darkness and eventually became the inspiration for countless church burnings and a series of grisly murders. Although Dimmu Borgir was not at the center of the movement, it did survive much of the chaos and destruction reaped by bands such as Emperor, Burzum and Mayhem.

Yet as a recent interview with the Mercury revealed, Dimmu Borgir frontman Shagrath isn't particularly troubled by the wanton destruction reaped by his fellow Norsemen. In fact, Shagrath is disarmingly blase about the series of events that virtually held Norway hostage at the beginning of the '90s.

Mercury: Since you witnessed it firsthand, how many of the stories about the black metal underground in Norway were true and how many were just legends?

Shagrath: You mean, as far as the criminal activities? Most of it was true, I think. A lot of churches were burned. A few people were killed. It was really a lot of hassle for us because we were always in for questioning with the police.

Source: Las Vegas Mercury

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1. Emperor4Ever writes:

I never would have guessed that Mustis doesn't listen to metal. Never would have guessed that!!! I feel like visiting Iceland now!!!

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2. DIMMU is godly writes:

saw them on an offtour ozzfest date, they sounded so good live, perfect to the albums, although they may not be "true" or the most "black metal" of bands out there, and sometime called posers. I still think they are one of the most taleneted musiicians wise, they have f***ing galder from OMC i mean thats like 2 bands in 1.

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3. KMADD writes:

Dont forget Vortex who plays bass in Dimmu who used to play in Borkanagar>;

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4. rue writes:

i forgot..whats the name of their new drummer?..i remember seeing an article about them replacing nick barker..i know the name starts with an R.
i saw them on ozzfest (in camden) and the sound was just incredible..everything sounded pretty clear coming through the speakers, so that enhanced their performance alot

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5. KMADD writes:

It's just a session drummer for touring purposes only and I believe that
he plays for Nile.

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6. _ writes:

I thought they just had nicholas as a drummer for everything but maybe I misunderstood that

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7. KMADD writes:

No they kicked Mr. Barker out due to cultural differences!

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8. brad writes:

dimmu isnt really that great. i mean they are good but their nothing special.

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9. KMADD writes:

So Brad tell me some stuff you dig?!!!

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10. brad writes:

I like Pretty boy Floyd, Poison, Tyger tailz,but when I wanna really rock out I listen to Godsmack, sometimes Creed, a little bit of Cher, her old stuff's good. I think metallicas the bomb. I think st anger was awesome!!!!

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11. KMADD writes:

Im sure that was brad you faggy arse imposter!

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12. brad writes:

i dont really get into black metal as much as i used to. i still listen to emeperor and darkthrone some burzum, satyricon, borknagar, early impaled nazarene, and most of all venom

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13. KMADD writes:

Death metal or thrash Metal? Shiit I stil go back to Sabbath and
Priest a lot. But I like Brutal stuff like Dimmu, Dark Funeral, Mystic Circle
Hate Eternal, Morbid Angel, Gorgoroth, Amon Amarth, Judas Iscariot, Immortal and so on! Early Metallica and Anthrax fukk just about all
kinds of metal (except most NU) and hardcore punk!

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14. Emperor4Ever writes:

The name of Dimmu Borgir's new drummer is Reno Killerich. He's danish. He's the replacement for Nicholas who was "unceremoniously removed from the band". The guy who did the shows in the states was Tony Laureano from Nile. Reno was denied U.S. visa into the states, so Tony filled in. Kinda like Dark Funeral, and Marduk always being denied.

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