Dimmu Borgir

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Dimmu Borgir
Dimmu Borgir performing in 2005.
Background information
OriginOslo, Norway
GenresBlack metal,[1] symphonic metal[2]
Years active1993–present
LabelsEx-No Colours, ex-Spikefarm, ex-Cacophonous, ex-Century Media, Nuclear Blast
Associated actsOld Man's Child, Cradle of Filth, Ov Hell, Carpe Tenebrum, Brujeria, The Kovenant, Mayhem, Arcturus, Chrome Division, Code, Susperia, Dødheimsgard, Nile, Borknagar, Nachtmystium, Ragnarok, Angelcorpse, God Dethroned, Vesania, Vader, Infernal Method, Ved Buens Ende
Past members(see below)

Dimmu Borgir is a black metal band created in 1993 in Norway. Its name is Icelandic for a "dark castle".

The band's first recordings were in Norwegian, but today, most of the recordings are in English. The newest studio album is "Abrahadabra" (2010). The studio album In Sorte Diaboli (2007) entered the Norwegian album chart at No. 1 — the first time a black metal band has ever got to the No. 1 position on a national album chart anywhere in the world. Dimmu Borgir's previous release, "Death Cult Armageddon", as well as Satyricon's "Now, Diabolical" previously reached No. 2 position on the Norwegian album chart.

A week after "In Sorte Diaboli" reached No. 1 on the Norweigan album charts, the album attained No. 43 on The Billboard 200, making them the first Norwegian band since the 80's pop group 'A-HA' to enter the U.S. Top 50.

"In Sorte Diaboli" features the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Strangely, the album has been banned by the UK album charts for questionable reasons.

Members[change | change source]

Current[change | change source]

  • Shagrath (Stian Thoresen) - vocals
  • Galder (Thomas Rune Andersen) - guitar
  • Silenoz (Sven Atle Kopperud) - guitar

Former[change | change source]

  • Nicholas Barker - percussion
  • Tjodalv - percussion
  • Nagash - bass
  • Astennu - guitar
  • Stian Arstad - keyboards
  • Brynjard Tristan - bass
  • ICS Vortex - bass
  • Mustis - keyboards
  • Hellhammer - percussion
  • Archon - guitar
  • Snowy Shaw - bass

Session[change | change source]

  • Daray (Dariusz Brzozowski) - drums
  • Cyrus - keyboard

Discography[change | change source]

Albums[change | change source]

  • For All Tid (1994, 1997)
  • Stormblåst (1996, 2005)
  • Enthrone Darkness Triumphant (1997, 2002)
  • Spiritual Black Dimensions (1999)
  • Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia (2001)
  • Alive in Torment (2002)
  • Death Cult Armageddon (2003)
  • Stormblåst MMV (2005)
  • In Sorte Diaboli (2007)
  • Abrahadabra (2010)

EP[change | change source]

  • Inn I Evighetens Mørke (1994)
  • Devil's Path (1996)
  • Godless Savage Garden (1998)

Live albums and other releases[change | change source]

  • Alive in Torment (2001)
  • World Misanthropy (2002)
  • World Misanthropy (2002)
  • The Invaluable Darkness (2008)

References[change | change source]

  1. Dimmu Borgir. AllMusic. Retrieved on 2011-06-11.
  2. The Great Rock & Roll Swindle!. In: Jon Kristiansen: Metalion: The Slayer Mag Diaries. Brooklyn, NY: Bazillion Points Books 2011, p. 419.

Other websites[change | change source]