Dimmu Borgir

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A symphonic black metal band from Jessheim/Oslo, Norway, founded in 1993 by Shagrath (Stian Thoresen), Erkekjetter Silenoz (Sven Kopperud) and Tjodalv (Ian Åkesson).

Band took its name from an Icelandic name "Dimmuborgir", which stands for “dark castle/fortress”. It is a type of lava formation near Lake Myvatn in Iceland, and according to local legends, a gateway to Hell/Underworld.

Early on in their career Dimmu Borgir started to push the boundaries of the black metal genre with extensive use of keyboards and by incorporating orchestral/symphonic elements in their music. Since the release of their breakthrough album “Enthrone Darkness Triumphant” in 1997 they have become one of the biggest extreme metal bands worldwide.

After their original drummer Tjodalv left the band in 1999, they have not had permanent drummer. Also, since 2009, when ICS Vortex (Simen Hæstnæs) and Mustis (Øyvind Mustaparta) quit/were fired, the only permanent band members have been Shagrath, Silenoz and Galder, who accompany themselves with session musicians for live and recording purposes.

Current line-up:
Shagrath (Stian Tomt Thoresen) - Vocals (1993- )
Silenoz (Sven Atle Kopperud) - Guitars (1993- )
Galder (Thomas Rune Andersen Orre) - Guitars (2000- )

Current live members:
Daray (Dariusz Brzozowski) - Drums (2008- )
Gerlioz (Geir Bratland) - Keyboards (2010- )
Victor Brandt - Bass (2018- )
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Dimmu Borgir Discography Tracks

Albums

none Dimmu Borgir Rehearsal August 1994(Cass, S/Sided) Not On Label (Dimmu Borgir Self-released) none Norway 1994 Sell This Version
none Dimmu Borgir - Rehearsal February 1994 album art Dimmu Borgir Rehearsal February 1994(Cass, S/Sided) Not On Label (Dimmu Borgir Self-released) none Norway 1994 Sell This Version
Dimmu Borgir - For All Tid album art Dimmu Borgir For All Tid (Album) No Colours Records Germany 1995 Sell This Version
Dimmu Borgir - Stormblåst album art Dimmu Borgir Stormblåst (Album) Cacophonous Records UK 1996 Sell This Version
Dimmu Borgir - Enthrone Darkness Triumphant album art Dimmu Borgir Enthrone Darkness Triumphant (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast Germany 1997 Sell This Version
Dimmu Borgir - Godless Savage Garden album art Dimmu Borgir Godless Savage Garden (MiniAlbum, Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast Japan 1998 Sell This Version
Dimmu Borgir - Spiritual Black Dimensions album art Dimmu Borgir Spiritual Black Dimensions (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast Japan 1999 Sell This Version
Dimmu Borgir - Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia album art Dimmu Borgir Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast Japan 2001 Sell This Version
Dimmu Borgir - Death Cult Armageddon album art Dimmu Borgir Death Cult Armageddon (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast Germany 2003 Sell This Version
Dimmu Borgir - Stormblåst album art Dimmu Borgir Stormblåst (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast Germany 2005 Sell This Version
Dimmu Borgir - In Sorte Diaboli album art Dimmu Borgir In Sorte Diaboli (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast Brazil 2007 Sell This Version
Dimmu Borgir - The Invaluable Darkness album art Dimmu Borgir The Invaluable Darkness (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast Russia 2008 Sell This Version
Dimmu Borgir - Abrahadabra album art Dimmu Borgir Abrahadabra (Album) Nuclear Blast Mexico 2010 Sell This Version
Dimmu Borgir - Forces Of The Northern Night album art Dimmu Borgir & The Norwegian Radio Orchestra & Choir* Dimmu Borgir & The Norwegian Radio Orchestra & Choir* - Forces Of The Northern Night (Album) Nuclear Blast Brazil 2017 Sell This Version
Dimmu Borgir - Eonian album art Dimmu Borgir Eonian (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast Europe 2018 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

NGP 004 Dimmu Borgir - Inn I Evighetens Mørke album art Dimmu Borgir Inn I Evighetens Mørke(7") Necromantic Gallery Productions NGP 004 Netherlands 1994 Sell This Version
SHAGRATH 006, shagrath 006 Dimmu Borgir - Devil's Path album art Dimmu Borgir Devil's Path(CD, EP) Hot Records (6), Hot Records (6) SHAGRATH 006, shagrath 006 Norway 1996 Sell This Version
Dimmu Borgir - Alive In Torment album art Dimmu Borgir Alive In Torment (EP) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast Germany 2001 Sell This Version
Dimmu Borgir - World Misanthropy album art Dimmu Borgir World Misanthropy (MiniAlbum, Comp) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast Germany 2002 Sell This Version
NB 1171-2 Dimmu Borgir - Death Cult Armageddon album art Dimmu Borgir Death Cult Armageddon(CD, EP, Promo) Nuclear Blast NB 1171-2 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
Dimmu Borgir - Vredesbyrd album art Dimmu Borgir Vredesbyrd (Single) Nuclear Blast Germany 2004 Sell This Version
Dimmu Borgir - The Serpentine Offering album art Dimmu Borgir The Serpentine Offering (Single) Nuclear Blast Germany 2007 Sell This Version
none Dimmu Borgir - The Ring (Of Sorrow) / Lloth album art Astarte Featuring Shagrath of Dimmu Borgir Astarte Featuring Shagrath of Dimmu Borgir - The Ring (Of Sorrow) / Lloth(7", EP, Ltd) Hot Fucked Shit Records none Greece 2007 Sell This Version
NB 1440-2 Dimmu Borgir - The Sacrilegious Scorn album art Dimmu Borgir The Sacrilegious Scorn(CD, Single, Promo) Nuclear Blast NB 1440-2 Germany 2007 Sell This Version
none Dimmu Borgir The Heretic Hammer(7", TP) Nuclear Blast none Germany 2007 Sell This Version

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valhallanguitar

valhallanguitar

January 17, 2017
This band is amazing. A great metal band. Im not a weird goth kid so I have no idea what would classify as black metal but this band is amazing. If you enjoy music and great composition then check this band out. Scary on the outside and just as scary when you drop the needle.
irionman

irionman

December 1, 2009
When you ask most new black metal fans, "What was the band that got you into this genre?", you will most likely get the reply of "Dimmu Borgir". Now, some people who claim to be "true" black metal fans discourage this. However, to them I say go to hell. This band, while not true black metal, is a very, very talented symphonic metal band. And, if you are going to try and dispute that For All Tid was not black metal, you need to seriously go take a better look at that album and compare it to others of the era. (Hell, you can compare that album to Filsofem)

Yes, it is true that Dimmu Borgir's work has strayed from true black metal. In fact, now I would call them extreme metal. Yes, extreme metal is an umbrella term used to group all sub-genres of (all extreme sub-genres that is) of metal together. For example, extreme metal encompasses death metal, black metal, thrash etc... However, with bands like Dimmu Borgir and Cradle of Filth running about, you cannot just stick one genre on them and call it good. Extreme metal, as a genre tag for a band, would say that the band uses elements from all forms of metal to complete a work of musical art. Now, that is how I see this band. Their more recent albums, In Sorte Dioboli and Death Cult Armageddon, show strong hints of symphonic black metal, while at the same time, bringing in a newer form of almost groove metal. You still hear the stereotypical blast beats and double bass, but you also get clear vocals, smooth guitar work, and an overall elegant feel to certain stages of songs.

Once again, some people will say that this is not real metal and this band is just a bunch of Norwegian posers. To each his own. Those people only go off and listen to the most raw, underground crap that they can find. And hey, that's all fine with me. I've listened to many underground and raw bands before. I remember when Black Funeral sounded like crap (some still say they do). To sum it all up, Dimmu Borgir is one of the best extreme metal bands around today. They attract fans from all over the world and they have sold millions of copies of their albums. Some people say that they have commercialized their music too much, but if the band wants to make money, more power to them. If you enjoy bands around the lines of Ensiferum, Immortal, and Cradle of Filth, you will almost definitely enjoy Dimmu Borgir. (Maybe not ALL of their stuff, but you will find at least one enjoyable song...)

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