Dimmu Borgir Overview
Dimmu Borgir ( in English) is a Norwegian black metal band from Oslo, Norway, formed in 1993. Dimmu borgir means "dark cities" or "dark castles/fortresses" in Icelandic Icelandic language , Faroese Faroese language and Old Norse. The name is derived from a volcanic formation in Iceland, Dimmuborgir. The band has been through numerous line-up changes over the years; guitarist Silenoz and vocalist Shagrath are the only founding members remaining.For next album they hired ex-Vader drummer Daray as full-time member.
For all tid and Stormblåst
Dimmu Borgir started as a Satanic 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 ('For all Time' in English) This album featured vocal contributions by Vicotnik of Ved Buens Ende and Dødheimsgard and Aldrahn of Dødheimsgard and Zyklon-B. The initial lineup consisted of Shagrath playing drums with Tjodalv on guitar and Silenoz contributing backing vocals. This line-up 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 Norwegian language .
Enthrone Darkness Triumphant
After Stormblåst, Keyboardist Keyboard instrument 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 Devil's Path (Dimmu Borgir EP) . That period was also marked by the departure of bassist Brynjard Tristan and the arrival of Nagash Stian Arnesen . 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 German record label. The album was recorded in the Abyss Studios, owned by Hypocrisy Hypocrisy (band) 's frontman Peter Tägtgren.
Spiritual Black Dimensions and Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia
After the tour for Enthrone Darkness Triumphant, the band recruited new members Mustis on keyboards and Astennu Astennu (musician) 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. . However, another line-up change occurred between the two albums; Nagash quit and was replaced by new bassist/singer ICS Vortex, and Tjodalv left (due to his family commitments, and to form the subsequent band Susperia ), only to be replaced with Nicholas Barker, of Cradle of Filth. Astennu was fired from his guitar duties as well due to incompatibility (reportedly, he was speaking ill of the band behind their backs and wanted them to be a Morbid Angel cover band).
Death Cult Armageddon
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. On this 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 performed on the mainstage at Ozzfest. Sections of the album were recorded with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra to enhance the classical arrangements which have always augmented the band's style . 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 .
In 2005, the band did a complete re-recording of the Stormblåst Stormblåst MMV album, featuring Hellhammer Jan Axel Blomberg of Mayhem Mayhem (band) fame as the session drummer. The album also featured a DVD with a live performance from the 2004 Ozzfest tour.
In Sorte Diaboli
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" Jan Axel Blomberg Jan Axel Blomberg of Mayhem Mayhem (band) . Blomberg left the band in mid tour in 2007 because of a neck injury that resulted 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.
Departure of ICS Vortex and Mustis
In 2009, members ICS Vortex and Mustis independently announced their departure from Dimmu Borgir. Mustis released a statement claiming his disfavor with the band, stating that he was not properly credited for his writing contributions to the band's music, mentioning possibly taking legal action.
Dimmu Borgir soon after confirmed the pair's dismissal from the band, releasing a statement explaining why the two were fired. Shagrath, Silenoz, and Galder wrote, "Funny then, how the new album is halfway finished written already by the rest of us without any of these guys' input, still having all those elements we're known for." Silenoz explained that the growing periods of time between albums was because the band had stopped writing music while touring, which affected the quality of the music. He said the new album will have an "eerie and haunting feel to it," further describing the material as "epic," "primal," atmospheric and ambient.
A promotional image released with the statement showed Shagrath returning to the keyboards.*For all tid (1994)
*Enthrone Darkness Triumphant (1997)
*Spiritual Black Dimensions (1999)
*Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia (2001)
*Death Cult Armageddon (2003)
*Stormblåst MMV Stormblåst (re-recorded) (2005)
*In Sorte Diaboli (2007);Current line-up
* Shagrath (Stian Thoresen)
**Lead vocals (1995–present)
**Keyboards (1996, 2009–present)
**Guitars (1995–1997, 2005)
**Bass guitar (2005)
* Silenoz (Sven Atle Kopperud)
**Rhythm guitars (1993–present)
**Backing vocals (1996–present)
**Lead vocals (1993–1995, 2005)
* Galder (Tom Rune Andersen Orre)
**Lead guitars (2000–present)
* Daray (Dariusz Brzozowski)
**Drums/Percussion (2009-present)-Full time
* Aldrahn (Bjørn Dencker)
* Jens Petter
* Aggressor Carl-Michael Eide (Carl-Michael Eide)
* Kimberly Goss
* Reno Killerich (from Panzerchrist)
**Drums (2003–2004) (during the Death Cult Armageddon Tour)
* Tony Laureano
**Drums (2004–2005, 2007–2008)
* Cyrus Cyrus (musician) (from Susperia)
**Guitars (2008) (Blackest of the Black Tour)
* Brynjard Tristan (Ivar Tristan Lundsten)
**Bass guitar (1993–1996)
* Stian Aarstad
* Nagash Stian Arnesen (Stian Arnesen)
**Bass guitar (1996–1999)
**Backing vocals (1996–1999)
* Tjodalv (Ian Kenneth Åkesson)
* Astennu Astennu (musician) (Jamie Stinson)
**Lead guitars (1997–2000)
* Nicholas Barker
* Archon Archon (musician)
**Lead guitars (2000)
* Hellhammer Jan Axel Blomberg (Jan Axel Blomberg)
* Mustis (Øyvind Mustaparta)
* ICS Vortex (Simen Hestnæs)
**Clean vocals (1998–2009)
**Bass guitar (1999–2009)
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