You need flash!
no cover -  

Dimmu Borgir

black metal Symphonic Black Metal melodic black metal metal norwegian

    Dimmu Borgir is a symphonic black metal band from Norway. "Dimmu Borgir" means "Dark Cities" or "Dark Fortresses" in Icelandic and Old Norse. The name is derived from a volcanic formation in Iceland, Dimmuborgir.

    Dimmu Borgir started as a melodic black metal band in 1993. Formed by Shagrath, Silenoz, and Tjodalv, the band released an EP in 1994 entitled Inn i evighetens mørke ("Into the Darkness of Eternity" in English). This short EP sold out within weeks, and the band followed up with the 1994 full length album For all tid. This album featured musical contributions by members of Dødheimsgard and Ved Buens Ende. The initial lineup consisted of Shagrath playing guitar with Tjodalv on drums and Silenoz backing vocals, however this changed before the release of Stormblåst (translates to "Storm Blown") on Cacophonous Records in 1996. Stormblåst received high praise from many melodic black metal fans, and is often regarded as a highlight of the band's career. It is also the last album which features all lyrics written and sung in Norwegian.

    After Stormblåst, Dimmu Borgir's lineup took a sharp turn. Keyboardist Stian Aarstad left the band due to his obligation to serve in the Norwegian army, thus being unable to participate in the 1996 recording of Devil's Path. That period was also marked by the departure of their bassist Brynjard Tristan and the arrival of Nagash. Stian Aarstad returned for the recording of 1997's Enthrone Darkness Triumphant. While on tour to support the album, he had trouble attending rehearsals and being on tour, and was subsequently fired. Enthrone Darkness Triumphant was a huge success for the band, and was their first release signed to Nuclear Blast, a well-known German record label. The album was recorded in the Abyss Studios, owned by Hypocrisy's frontman Peter Tägtgren.

    After the tour for Enthrone Darkness Triumphant, the band recruited new members Mustis on keyboards and Astennu on lead guitar. Dimmu Borgir's following full-length albums Spiritual Black Dimensions in 1999 and 2001's Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia, both met critical acclaim.

    Despite regular video play on MTV2 and Fuse TV that their follow-up album would receive, the band has stated that they are not "commercially-oriented," and instead, they 'simply wish to spread their message to more people'. In 2003, Dimmu Borgir used their major record label financial leverage to record an album titled Death Cult Armageddon. Sections of the album were recorded with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra to enhance the classical arrangements which have always augmented the band's style. However, in multiple interviews Shagrath mentions the many troubles and shortcomings that came along with using the orchestra from Prague. Two full weeks of studio work were spent cleaning up the mistakes. On their following album the band decided to not use a live orchestra instead leaving the duty mostly to the band's keyboardist, Mustis, in the studio. In 2004, Dimmu Borgir headlined Ozzfest.

    In 2005, the band did a complete re-recording of the Stormblåst album, featuring Hellhammer of Mayhem fame as the session drummer.

    Dimmu Borgir's newest album, In Sorte Diaboli, was released April 24, 2007. A special edition version was released in a boxed case with a DVD, backward-printed lyrics, and a mirror. The album artwork was released on February 14, 2007 on a promotional webpage for the album. This album features the drumming of Hellhammer of Mayhem, who had to leave the band in mid tour in 2007 because of a neck injury, resulting in limited movement of his right arm. With the release of this album, Dimmu Borgir became the first black metal band with a number one album in their native country.

    In 2008, Silenoz told Metal Hammer magazine that Dimmu Borgir will begin preparation for a tenth studio album in late 2008 for an anticipated mid-2010 release. He also said the band probably will be recording parts of the album with London Philharmonic Orchestra, will be travelling to Egypt and Turkey to create the sound they want to create for this album, and may be produced by Max Cavalera and Fredrik Nordström.

    Galder announced in 2008, Dimmu Borgir will be penning a three album deal with Roadrunner Records for releases in the United States, all other releases in the world will continue to be distributed under Nuclear Blast Records.


    Dimmu Borgir 2161ba017d9c4bf092fb0e35364d297d Dimmu Borgir 79a3dddbdc16c5e89cf19e84da547fae Dimmu Borgir 149d1b7bcc034973822e5279c035da14 Dimmu Borgir 4ac3c926c0b64fe6bfeb2c2806137b39 Dimmu Borgir fd70ce176b144d4e8ed9bac15fa6a82a Dimmu Borgir 0e34f848cdd229f8418d3b5a8bc4ec35 Dimmu Borgir e6afe69417a34d8cb8350589112c39fd Dimmu Borgir 44ea9e6eeaf425333924b10a4e508cb1 Dimmu Borgir 86097eacb9b14045a5284b1bd7a7cd25 Dimmu Borgir 0c2df95168d046e9babfb589ada0d74a Dimmu Borgir b4f91232700b440a933f96340209b8e8 Dimmu Borgir 24c07c4edc7d4b5aae3f85dde533c827 Dimmu Borgir 09595e2955f0d06370fa3f237f102fa2 Dimmu Borgir 1372a7d4e4294aecba3ff2d153617420 Dimmu Borgir ebdb2f6de5a34b6ccb9e85a89d650798 Dimmu Borgir 886c65e2f550405282b60a5b8e0097a6 Dimmu Borgir cad6d8e83b441f57b86252994ea8d183 Dimmu Borgir c349ff78211943a090d7132ae42914e2 Dimmu Borgir 137275c9184e407a9c5b578503675969 Dimmu Borgir 27a66984960b4718a7a49849310c22d8 Dimmu Borgir a76ad25566df43d38e9ee690e1f94297 Dimmu Borgir f0bb510f3de542d4b32df466c2592960 Dimmu Borgir a2e0d0fdae7a49348ad32eb491927042 Dimmu Borgir 4e46a7cbfccb4bda8424ffae9abb5621 Dimmu Borgir da3bc4438d0d4070827e9719c5636acd Dimmu Borgir 753390484c7d4f8c9d31b229b57d6d1a Dimmu Borgir cc0d733feba34417bab69cb511351253 Dimmu Borgir 591984c0aff24d85926f2179e341f3b6 Dimmu Borgir fcf41ff63b5743789379695789a93adf Dimmu Borgir 4a0db315154e4cb894a6f29318676106 Dimmu Borgir 7ce36791650943ac96e73d4a7279eee5 Dimmu Borgir 5ea644f9e7084d21a61fd9cc467e70bc Dimmu Borgir c34a4d0a438546d7a4ef5057554ce06e Dimmu Borgir eb8efd511c1546faa3b76b73e187727c Dimmu Borgir 26f27822b3d64cc296b9004cafababad Dimmu Borgir 75b71b104eba4125bc76ea23c37264f3 Dimmu Borgir d7f060a0d87e49b9af18df1c1c5ab214 Dimmu Borgir 3ab9bbca55a6407b9824ab5ff3334e46 Dimmu Borgir 935ee176d3064e498163c465bc15bebd Dimmu Borgir 767565a6863145f4bba3bd955d1c50c7
    TOPlist