Posts Tagged ‘Dimmu Borgir’

As 2017 marks the year of the great return of Norwegian symphonic black metal giants, Dimmu Borgir, they will release their highly-anticipated double-DVD Forces Of The Northern Night on April 28th. Available in different formats, the release will contain two live rituals:

Their legendary concert in Oslo, showing Dimmu Borgir on stage with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and a bombastic choir as well as the entire performance at Wacken Open Air with almost 100 musicians in action.

Today, the Norwegians unveil their first video from the Wacken show – see the raging black metal hymn “Mourning Palace” live with the Czech National Symphonic Orchestra inside!  (more…)

In what was probably my favorite interview I did during the Bristow, Va., stop of the 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, I sat down with Kthien, guitarist of Canadian black metallers Erimha (while still in his stagewear and warpaint from performing earlier). The band name means “army” or “legion” in Sumerian, and many fans were greeted with Erimha’s war cry from the Victory Records stage as they entered the festival during the early afternoon hours. In broad daylight, these black metal warriors stood out like a 35-year-old man attending a Warped Tour show (like me a few years ago). However, they were an instant draw and no doubt one of the most talked about bands of the day. Erimha is out supporting its latest release, 
Reign Through Immortality (July 9, 2013), so what better showcase than the Mayhem Festival? But what makes this band tick? What do they really believe in? Like other black metal bands such as Behemoth, do Erimha’s stage show, lyrics and album tie together for a greater meaning? Kthien answered all my questions and more inside. (more…)

Dimmu Borgir" "Taking Chance with Galder"

Dimmu Borgir” “Taking Chances with Galder”

The Norwegian symphonic black metal band Dimmu Borgir recently released its ninth album, the epic, black magic-inspired Abrahadabra (Oct. 12, Nuclear Blast). Recorded with a Norwegian orchestra and 38-member choir, the album is a grand feat, taking these corpse-painted satanic fiends to a different realm. At the same time, it can be closely compared to past recordings such as Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia and Death Cult Armageddon. This is a band that’s always been about taking chancesnow more than ever (they even recently toured Europe with Korn.)

Of course, with any new Dimmu Borgir album, fans, critics and “esteemed” music journalists waste no time in crying “sell-out” or “mainstream” and other misguided, kvultist viewpoints. Yes, the band has changed its style over the years and experimented with each release, but mainstream is the farthest thing from this band. We won’t see them as guests on American Idol anytime soon. To all those writing negative and close-minded reviews, see the band live like we did or talk to the band members, then maybe your opinions and critique would have merit. Abrahadabra is a fantastic album, exploding with new classics like “Born Treacherous,” “Gateways,” “Dimmu Borgir” and “Chess with the Abyss.”’s Jeff Maki and Ryan Mavity recently had a lengthy conversation with one of the band’s creative forces, Galder (Thomas Rune Andersen), lead guitarist since 2000. Aboard the band’s bus at its stop on the Darkness Reborn tour at the Recher Theatre in Towson, Md., he talked with us about Abrahadabra, working with the orchestra and the band’s evolution over the years. (more…)

Dimmu Borgir: "Darkness Reborn in Towson"

Dimmu Borgir: “Darkness Reborn in Towson”

Dimmu Borgir, Enslaved

By Ryan Mavity

After a nearly three-year absence, Dimmu Borgir is back with a new album, Abrahadabra, and a U.S. tour, and much has changed for the band.

Gone since the Invaluable Darkness tour are drummer Hellhammer, bassist/clean vocalist ICS Vortex and keyboardist Mustis. In their stead are new keyboardist Brat (who, like Madonna Wayne Gacy used to in Marilyn Manson, just kind of stands there and looks creepy), drummer Daray and bassist Cyrus.

The remaining members, vocalist Shagrath and guitarists Galder and Silenoz, are the real stars of the show, as they have been for nearly a decade. They all play a certain role on stage; Shagrath as the frontman/evil rock god; Galder plays the dark jester; and Silenoz, who looks like the WWE’s Undertaker, prowls the stage looking like he’s seeking fresh souls to take to hell. (more…)

Dimmu-abraOver the past decade, Norwegian extreme metal band Dimmu Borgir has become the black metal equivalent of Metallica. Purists bemoan the lack of … something in their music and cry “sell out” because they have been embraced by people that are not necessarily the core audience.

But where Metallica has gone back to their roots in recent years, Dimmu has doubled down on its course. You think going on a mainstream metal tour like Ozzfest was something? We’ll tour Europe with Korn! You think using an orchestra was something? We’ll use a choir! Didn’t like our using clean vocals? Fuck you, we’ll use a female vocalist!

The band’s new release, Abrahadabra, adds even more bombast to what was already a bombastic sound. There’s no overlying concept here like the band’s previous release, In Sorte Diaboli. The title is a reference to noted black magic practicioner Aleister Crowley, but there is no endorsement or arc referencing Crowley’s views or beliefs. Abrahadabra is about a band being whoever the hell they want to be, which does fit in with Crowley’s libertarian social views. (more…)

Susperia: "True Norwegian Thrash Metal"

Susperia: “True Norwegian Thrash Metal”

What do you get when you have a band of former members of Norwegian black metal titans Dimmu-Borgir with bands such as Machine Head, Pestilence and Slayer? You get Susperia, one of the standout thrash metal bands in recent years. Their new album, Cut from Stone, builds on elements from their best-selling album, Unlimited, which featured the breakthrough songs “Chemistry” and “Devil May Care.” Cut from Stone (review) takes Susperia’s sound to a new level while retaining an accessibility that is uncommon among today’s metal bands.

Jeff Maki of talked with Susperia’s bassist, Memnock. He tells us all about the new album, the band’s relationship with Dimmu Borgir and, last but not least–whatever you do–don’t say Susperia sounds like Testament! (more…)

Shagrath: "Connecting With Satan"

Shagrath: “Connecting With Satan”

With their eighth studio album, In Sorte Diaboli (review), Norway’s Dimmu Borgir continues to amaze extreme metal fans with a brutal and complex, yet melodic and majestic sound. In recent years, the band has set obvious goals toward the United States with an appearance on Ozzfest 2004 and now headlining the Invaluable Darkness Tour in 2007 with Unearth, Devildriver and Kataklysm. Lead vocalist Shagrath’s strange, demonic voice is the driving force behind Dimmu Borgir, making them instantly recognizable and guiding them to their current standing as one of extreme metal’s most successful acts.

While earlier recordings and on-stage corpse paint suggest they are a black metal band, In Sorte Diaboli, just like their previous release Death Cult Armageddon, combines so many styles that it is now up for debate. In a recent interview, Shagrath talked to’s Jeff Maki about the Invaluable Darkness tour, the new album, Ozzfest 2004 and whether Dimmu Borgir is a black metal band or not. (more…)

Dimmu-sorteNo matter what you think of Norwegian black metal titans Dimmu Borgir, this much is true: they do not leave any ideas in the tank. Dimmu’s brand of theatrical black metal throws not just the kitchen sink at the listener, but the kitchen, the parlor and probably the garage. Blast beats, interlocking vocals between Shagrath and Vortex, Gregorian chants and spooky keyboards are just part of the operatic sweep of Dimmu’s sound. This isn’t just heavy metal, it’s Rosemary’s Baby set to music. (more…)

JF Dagenais: "The Heartbeast of Kataklysm"

JF Dagenais: “The Heartbeast of Kataklysm”

Sunday afternoon cook-outs? Running errands? Sleeping in? Who needs that shit. spent Sunday, April 29, 2007 in downtown Baltimore, Md., for the Invaluable Darkness Tour featuring the mighty Dimmu Borgir, Unearth, Devildriver and the purveyors of Canadian hyper-blast, Kataklysm. Before the show, the staff met up with Kataklysm guitarist J-F Dagenais outside of the venue. During the afternoon, we sat on a park bench and talked about the tour, the band’s feud with Devildriver and Kataklysm’s new member, the “Heartbeast.” (more…)