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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
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Live In Oslo (The Invaluable Darkness)

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Track List: In Sorte Diaboli

1. The Serpentine Offering

2. The Chosen Legacy

3. The Conspiracy Unfolds

4. The Sacrilegious Scorn

5. The Fallen Arises

6. The Sinister Awakening

7. The Fundamental Alienation

8. The Invaluable Darkness

9. The Foreshadowing Furnace

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Track List: Death Cult Armageddon

1. Allegiance

2. Progenies Of The Great Apocolypse

3. Lepers Among Us

4. Vredesbyrd

5. For The World To Dictate Our Death

6. Blood Hunger Doctrine

7. Allehelgens Dod I Helveds Rike

8. Cataclysm Children

9. Eradication Instincts Defined

10. Unorthodox Manifesto

11. Heavenly Perverse

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Track List: Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia

1. Fear And Wonder

3. Kings Of The Carnival Creation

5. Architecture Of A Genocidal Nature

6. Puritania

7. IndoctriNation

8. The Maelstrom Mephisto

9. Absolute Sole Right

10. Sympozium

11. Perfection Or Vanity

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Track List: Spiritual Black Dimensions

1. Reptile

2. Behind The Curtains Of Night - Phantasmagoria

3. Dreamside Dominions

4. United In Unhallowed Grace

5. The Promised Future Aeons

6. The Blazing Monoliths Of Defiance

7. The Insight And The Catharsis

8. Grotesquery Conceiled

9. Arcane Lifeforce Mysteria

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Track List: Godless Savage Garden

1. Moonchild Domain

2. Hunnerkongen

3. Chaos Without Prophecy

4. Rabbjorn Speiler Draugheimens Skodde

5. Metal Heart

6. Stormblast (Live)

7. Master Of Disharmony (Live)

8. In Death's Embrace (Live)

9. Spellbound (By The Devil) (Live)

10. Mourning Palace (Live)

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Track List: Enthrone Darkness Triumphant

1. Mourning Palace

2. Spellbound (By The Devil)

3. In Deaths Embrace

5. The Night Masquerade

6. Tormentor Of Christian Souls

7. Entrance

8. Master Of Disharmony

9. Prudence's Fall

10. A Succubus In Rapture

11. Raabjorn Speiler Draugheimens Skodde

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Track List: Stormblast

1. Alt Lys Er Svunnet Hen

2. Broderskapets Ring

3. Nar Sjelen Hentes Til Helvete

5. Da Den Kristine Satte Livet Til

6. Stormblast

7. Dodsferd

8. Antikrist

9. Vinder Fra En Ensom Grav

10. Guds Fortapelse - Apenbaring Av Dommedag

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Track List: For All Tid

1. Det Nye Riket

2. Under Korpens Vinger

3. Over Bleknede Blaner Till Dommedag

4. Stien

5. Glittertind

6. For All Tid

7. Hunnerkongens Sorgsvarte Ferd Over Steppene

8. Raabjorn Speiler Draugheims Skodde

9. Den Glemte Sannhets Hersker

10. Inn I Evighetens Morke (Part. I)

11. Inn I Evighetens Morke (Part. II)

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Track List: ABRAHADABRA

1. Xibir

2. Born Treacherous

3. Gateways

4. Chess With The Abyss

5. Dimmu Borgir

6. Ritualist

7. The Demiurge Molecule

8. A Jewel Traced Through Coal

9. Renewal

10. Endings And Continuations

11. Gateways (Orchestral Version - Bonus Track)

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Track List: Godless Savage Garden (Deluxe)

1. Moonchild Domain

2. Hunnerkongen

3. Chaos Without Prophecy

4. Raabjorn Speiler Draugheimens

5. Metal Heart

6. Stormblast (Live)

7. Master Of Disharmony (Live)

8. In Death's Embrace (Live)

9. Spellbound (By The Devil) (Live)

10. Mourning Palace (Live In Braz)

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The album artwork for Stormblast is of the Stormblast remake, not the original. It's offensive to OCD me and needs to be updated :P
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Just turned 45 today and these guys are still my top choice... Glad you guys are still writing your story in metal music..
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euronymousgt
Actually my favorite band is Bishop Of Hexen from israel
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euronymousgt
Actually my favorite band is Bishop Of Hexen from israel
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After many years, Dimmu Borgir continues to be a top favorite for me.
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Someone has a new favorite band
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Symphonic Black Metal at it finest one of my favorite black metal band next to immortal and bathory
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DONT READ THIS. YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST POSSIBLE FRIDAY BY THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE. TOMORROW WILL BE THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE. NOW YOU'VE STARTED READING THIS. DON'T STOP THIS IS SO FREAKY. But if you read this and ignore it, then you will have very bad luck PUT THIS ON 15 SONGS IN 143 MINUTES. WHEN YOURE DONE PRESS THE SPACE BAR AND YOUR CRUSH'S NAME WILL APPEAR IN BIG LETTERS ON THE SCREEN THIS IS SO CREEPY CAUSE IT ACTUALLY WORKS
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Old man's coke
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Shagrath is a My God
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ryansmith312 1 5
Haohmaruofth e w i n d does it piss u off so much that no matter what label they are signed to, they make more money in a week than your annual salary....wi t h corpsepaint, spikes and inverted crosses nonetheless
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Demon Burger + Cradle of Fries
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ryansmith312 1 5
Spiritual black dimensions is great, but IMO puritanical euphoric misanthropy is my favorite. Awesome live show as well... And while I'm thinking of it haohmaruofth e w i n d , why don't u get up in the morning and spoonfeed yourself a bowl of dicks, all shapes, sizes, and colors
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hooked at first listen...\m/
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rvwainscott
I was doing some writing for Nuclear Blast Records in the late '90's and when Enthrone Darkness Triumphant appeared on my desk, I was hooked. I've been a fan ever since - this is the best that Black Metal has to offer.
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ryansmith312 1 5
Love everything by them....have every cd saw them in Atlanta a few years ago with dark funeral and cannibal corpse, amazing show
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\m/
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Hands down my favorite band
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Shagrath's vocals are awesome!
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DIMMU BORGIR \m/
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every album of theirs is amazing
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Kings of the Carnival Creation is already a classic.
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This band gets the chicks
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This ok
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Dimmu!!!!!! \m/
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Awesome band!
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Awesome Drummer///
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Been a fan since the very beginning... but it wasn't until after the Godless Savage Garden (I was at the show the live tracks were recorded at) that I truly understood how great they are. My all time faves are Stormblast and Spiritual Black Dimensions, the latter possibly being one of the greatest (black) metal albums ever recorded... next to Wolf's Lair Abyss, Eld, Aspera Hiems Symfonia, Khaooohs and Kon-Fus-Ion, Hellfire, Butchered At Birth and many other true metal masterpieces .
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Same with nu metal it's a different way of expressing this genre
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Nah they seem pretty legit to me just creative metal minds at work
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Demon burger!!!!
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Demon Burger
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Meh, this is okay I guess.
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I didnt realize how much the black dahlia murder sound like these guys. But of course if your into Symphonic Death/Black metal this is where its at. Good stuff
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You r always gonna be awesome! \m/
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if you don't like the music, then don't listen to it. its that simple.

to all the people that have the audacity of calling any metal band, posers. i think you are the real poser, having only listen to metal for awhile and you think you know what metal is. GTFO!!!

all hail the Emperor's Horde.......
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good band \m/
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Such an awesome band!
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manthagnzale z 1
Baphomet !!!!
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This is NOT true metal. These are posers.
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Can I just say really quick that True Metal is a retard of epic proportions?

If there is ever a movie made about how epic the proportions of his mental retardation are, Dimmu Borgir will definitely supply at least one of the tracks.
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for the love of Oden, gotta love these guys
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The bio needs a heavy update.
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saw them a few years ago touring with Danzig....wh a t a night!!!
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DIMMU BORGIR!!! Hell yeah bad a** band f**king great!!! -Vladimir-
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F**king awesome! Good job guys!
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roadrunnerbo y 1
Have you ever watched one of their videos?
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My favourite Christian band from Norway :D
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Shagrath. \,,/
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Dimmu's orchestral style of mayhem and symphonic bombast is stellar.
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