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Dimmu Borgir

Blending black metal's most brutal tendencies, the melancholic beauty of opera, and industrial metal's production techniques, Dimmu Borgir carved a niche in the metal world as one of the most savage and creative acts to hail from the Norwegian scene. The group first started in 1993, when members Shagrath (vocals), Erkekjetter Silenoz (guitar), and Tjodalv (guitar and drums) came together to join the emerging metal scene. Although some groups like Emperor and Mayhem had already been making noise for a while, this next generation of groups was the first to directly take their influence from their efforts. They drafted bassist Brynjard Tristan and keyboardist Stian Aarstad into the fold and began their career with a 7" single, "Inn I Evighetens Morke."

The single sold out in a few weeks, inspiring the band to record a full-length album. Although their live performances were starting to gain them a lot of attention, it wasn't until For All Tid's release in 1994 that they made their mark internationally. After some European touring and a few rave reviews from metal publications, the band went back to the studio to work on their next album. The result, 1996's Stormblast, was a step up from the primal debut album. Featuring stronger melodies and their first attempts at the classical flourishes that would enhance their later work, the group again gained more rave reviews. They were still in the shadow of many of their contemporaries, as landmark releases from Cradle of Filth and Emperor were released around the same time. They suspected their use of Norwegian may have been the cause, so Stormblast was also the last album to use their native language to deliver the lyrics. They toured quite heavily behind the album and even released a single for "Devil's Path" in between albums, but along the way, they also lost Tristan and had to replace him with Kovenant bassist Nagash.

When they did return to the studio, they recruited producer Peter Tagtren to record the monumental Enthrone Darkness Triumphant, a landmark album in both scope and songwriting. Due to new label Nuclear Blast's heavy marketing and distribution, the album sold much larger quantities than anything they had produced before, and found them thrust to the forefront of the black metal movement. The band was more than ready to take that responsibility and the following tour saw them pick up second guitarist Astennu. They also fired longtime keyboardist Aarstad because of internal difficulties and replaced him with future Sinergy frontwoman Kimberly Goss. She could only last through a part of the tour due to contract responsibilities, and she was replaced by Mustis. Tjodalv also left the band after the tour to be with his newborn child and was replaced by Aggressor for a mini-tour after taking a break from their Enthrone promotion.

For All Tid was re-released in 1998 with "Inn I Evighetens Morke" added onto the track listing, while the Godless Savage Garden EP was also released to tide over fans until the next album. The recording sessions for Spiritual Black Dimensions came next and Tjodalv came back to the fold after his family sabbatical. The album was released in 1999 to more praise from the metal media, as it revealed a heavier and more complex vision than anything they had accomplished before. Nagash quit before any touring could take place, but the band had asked bassist Simen Hestnaes from Borknagar to add operatic vocals to the recordings anyway, so he slid into the role quite easily. The band also made a split album with Old Man's Child around the same time, and the results were released as Sons of Satan Gather for Attack in the same year. Tjodalv unexpectedly left the band after their 1999 tour, but Cradle of Filth's Nick Barker was more than ready to step into his shoes and the tour resumed without a hitch.

In keeping with the spirit of their luck in the late '90s, the turn of the century saw Astennu fired from the band before the recording of their next album. Financial and time constraints put off the recording process until the fall of 2000, and in the meantime, they drafted Galder from Old Man's Child to become their new guitarist. Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia was the resulting album and the effort was by far their most complicated release to date. Featuring a symphonic orchestra on almost the entire album, the CD was an astonishing accomplishment in the world of black metal. The band toured behind it, but the tragedies of September 11, 2001, cut short their plans to tour with Napalm Death in the States and they had to stay in Europe. Still, they managed to release an EP and a DVD in their newfound spare time and Barker and Galder could do work with their various side projects and other bands before stepping back into the studio to record the mammoth black/death/thrash/gothic/industrial/symphonic metal masterpiece Death Cult Armageddon. Released in 2003, DCA relied heavily on the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. That same approach was taken on 2007's equally impressive In Sorte Diaboli. ~ Bradley Torreano, Rovi
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Comments

saw them a few years ago touring with Danzig....wh a t a night!!!
DIMMU BORGIR!!! Hell yeah bad a** band f**king great!!! -Vladimir-
F**king awesome! Good job guys!
roadrunnerbo y 1
Have you ever watched one of their videos?
My favourite Christian band from Norway :D
Shagrath. \,,/
Dimmu's orchestral style of mayhem and symphonic bombast is stellar.
True Metal is the only form of music that is played here.

It is not only the best form of music, but also the only style of music that let you truly express yourself.

Follow me for many forms of True Metal.

No bands formed after 1999 as 2000 was the official downfall of music.
I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Dimmu is still the s**t
xxboobearxx3
I would love to see them, great song!
I absolutely Love Dimmu Borgir! Someone please pay my way to go see them, as I don't think they are EVER going to come to Florida!
#TURNUP
I LOVE DIMMU BORGIR!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! SHAGRATH IS MY GUY!!!!!!!!
The most rock & metal stations on Pandora Radio!
Interesting twist on metal for sure.
They were so good when they were a svartmetall band. So epic. Newer s**t's still great, but they'll never top albums like Stormblast and For All Tid.
This freaked me out This isn't fake. Apparently, if you copy and paste this on ten comments in the next ten minutes, you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either get kissed or asked out, if you break this chain you will see a little dead girl in your room tonight.
This is a Christian band, right?
Wow, Progenies of the Great Apocalypse.. I've never ever heard metal like this. Ever. It's amazing to some great extremes. I may need to listen to these guys more.
Mthis band is gooooood
Shagrat has the best Black Metal Vocals!
I once followed dimmu from Los Angeles, to San Diego, to Colorado...
The show got better every night!!
LOS ANGELES!! WE HAVE BEEN SPELLBOUND.. . .
SAN DIEGO!!! WE HAVE BEEN SPELLBOUND.. . .
omg.. Good times dimmu, good times!!
To all the metal haters,why are you listening to these great bands if you are so f**king ignorant,Dim m u #1
Love this band soooooooo heavy. Wanna see live. Hope they come to Mayham!!!!! Hope to see you there dimmu borgir!! Bring cradle of filth while your at it. Great line up five fingered death punch, cradle, then dimmu!
for all the haters, if ya dont like it, dont listen. to my fellow fans, keep it up!
You ignorant c**k sucker.
v
salik.ghaus
what is this satan worshiping crap. what twisted fools. if they beleive satan is real how do they deny the existence of god
1 of the best dimmu songs!!!! Fuckn better and faster live!!!!! Hail dimmu borgir!!! Hail SATAN!!!!!!!
I love you dimmu!
I love you dimmu! Your my top favorite band<3
I Am the Dark Angel Petitioning Forgiveness to The Father.
Silenoz, Shagrath, & Galder stand alone as Dimmu Borgir.
But HELLHAMMER, VORTEX, & MUSTIS are immortal in absentia.
dimmu iis my number oneband
whuey82
as soon as i think Dimmu couldnt possibly pull another magical rabbit out of thier hat, they come out with this... great stuff
Shagrath has one of the best metal voices to date! And he's from Norway! Pretty damn metal to me!
This is directed to lord tristan atlaticus, I hope you die in a plane crash!!! Dimmu Borgir is a great band not worthy of dying in a plane crash!
tristanhi88
hope this band dies in a plane crash
satan was there, satan was real to me, satan called himelf a god! lol i love dimmu, hail to norway and black metal!
I love Dimmu, but I can't get into Abrahadabra. Eh, that album has a few good songs, but listening to the entire thing straightforw a r d is more than I can take. Their best releases were EDT, SBD and PEM, in my opinion.
Dimmu Burger!
still pretty brutal stuff !!!
buddhomind
Times like this i want to be in Stravanger drinking ice cold vodka and eating pickled crawfish. Uff Da!
what the f**k is dimmu borgir doing on my Darkthrone/M a y h e m / I m m o r t a l station? Piss off!
STORMBLASTTT T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T
the second best band ever only succeded by opeth
One of my favorite songs of all time!!!
don't you mean your fairie wand and wings and fluttering around the trees?
dosborne43
I disagree with the below comment on the genre bending not working...I think that is EXACTLY what sets this band apart from the other bands of the black metal genre, and as you can see the approach has changed from industial (death cult armageddon) to the higly classical pieces of later recordings from in sorte diaboli..In short my main judgement on ANY band any genre is "are they creating their own sounds beyond what they are influenced by?"..and that answer is yes...
I've had trouble getting into their material since PEM
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