Dimmu Borgir

Dimmu Borgir
STYLE: ORIGIN: NorwayFORMED: 1993LABEL: Nuclear Blast
  • Silenoz – lead vocals (1993–1995) rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1993–present)
  • Shagrath – drums (1993–1995), lead guitar, backing vocals (1995–1997), lead vocals (1995–present)
  • Galder – lead guitar, backing vocals (2000–present)

Founded in 1993 by lead singer Shagrath, guitarist Silenoz, and drummer Tjodalv, DIMMU BORGIR made their debut onto the underground metal scene via a limited 7” vinyl EP entitled Inn I Evighetens Morke (“Into The Eternity Of Darkness”) in 1994. Inspired by early incarnations of black metal from the 1980s and inspired by the works of classical composers such as Wagner and Dvorak, the band’s music was resplendent in its raw & melodic vocals, aggressive guitar work, destructive drums, and haunting keyboard melodies. Less than a year later, the band (now a 5-piece) recorded their now-classic full-length debut, “For All Tid“, to wild acclaim. While DIMMU BORGIR’s reputation gained momentum throughout Scandinavia, the band focused their energies on recording what was to become one of the most essential albums in black metal history, “Stormblåst“, which – although sung completely in Norwegian – catapulted them out of Europe and into international (albeit still underground) waters. Though displaying a marked escalation in their time signatures, DIMMU BORGIR made significant headway in defining their classically influenced sound that would become an intrinsic blueprint.

Following Stormblåst, DIMMU BORGIR decided to record in English to reach a broader audience, and the result was 1997’s commanding masterpiece, “Enthrone Darkness Triumphant“. Produced by the one-and-only living legend Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy, Pain) at Abyss Studios (Immortal, Destruction, Children Of Bodom), the album was released by Nuclear Blast and marked the band’s significant international breakthrough with over 150,000 copies sold and chart entries all over the world. Included in this breakthrough year were performances at some of the most esteemed European music festivals such as Germany’s Dynamo and Wacken Open Air.

After their world tour for Enthroned Darkness Triumphant, DIMMU BORGIR recorded the Godless Savage Garden mini-CD to hold fans over as they curiously waited to see what direction the next full-length, “Spiritual Black Dimensions“, would take. Once again recorded at Abyss Studios with Peter Tägtgren, the album stormed into music stores around the world in 1999 and single-handedly transformed the market for black metal. Those who ever doubted DIMMU BORGIR’s allegiance to extreme music were forced to face reality when the album proved to be their most complex and severe offering.

DIMMU suffered a setback when long-time drummer Tjodalv resigned from the band in the early stages of their 1999 tour. His replacement was none other than former Cradle Of Filth skinsman Nick Barker, whose presence among vocalist Shagrath, guitarists Silenoz & Galder, bassist & clean vocalist I.C.S. Vortex, and keyboard player Mustis complemented the band’s already impressive lineage. The sextet entered Sweden’s Fredman Studio in the fall of 2000 with the equally acclaimed producer Fredrik Nordström (At The Gates, Opeth, In Flames) to record “Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia“, and did not fail to create an uncompromising 11 tracks of audible malevolence and exceptional atmospherics. Released in 2001, Puritanical expanded DIMMU’s audience even more, and 2003’s self-produced “Death Cult Armageddon” proved to be no different. Debuting on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart and entering at #7 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart, Death Cult Armageddon went on to sell over 100,000 records in North America alone. DIMMU BORGIR not only landed a coveted spot on Ozzfest’s Main Stage in 2004, but they were showcased in MTV’s reality series “Battle For Ozzfest,” and the dark orchestrations of their “Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse” track was selected for use in the trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s film, Hellboy.

Recruiting the prolific drummer Hellhammer (Mayhem, Arcturus, Winds) for session work in last year’s re-recording of Stormblåst (produced by Peter Tägtgren) and boasting his session work in the recording for their first studio album in four years, 2007’s “In Sorte Diaboli” is DIMMU BORGIR’s first concept album. An epic story set in medieval Europe, In Sorte Diaboli is a treatise on modern day political and social abuses of organized religion. This first-person account of an acolyte is told through his own journal entries, depicting his personal struggle with the teachings of the church. Experiencing a life-altering epiphany, he abandons the church completely, and his spiritual victory is won through his rejection of the concept of god. Produced by Fredrik Nordström and Patrik J. Sten at Sweden’s (in)famous Studio Fredman, the dark grandiosity of “The Serpentine Offering,” the elegant ferocity of “The Sacrilegious Scorn,” the impending doom of “The Fallen Arises,” and the unforgiving death march of “The Ancestral Fever” have all fused together to create what has been praised as “the most complete symphonic black metal record” by Metal Maniacs Magazine.

In Sorte Diaboli welcomes you to the battle that will never end. Antichristus spiritualis.

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Eonian / 2018

  • Album Info
  • 2018
  • Nuclear Blast

1. The Unveiling
2. Interdimensional Summit
3. Ætheric
4. Council of Wolves and Snakes
5. The Empyrean Phoenix
6. Lightbringer
7. I Am Sovereign
8. Archaic Correspondance
9. Alpha Aeon Omega
10. Rite Of Passage

Eonian is the tenth studio album by Norwegian black metal band Dimmu Borgir, which was released on May 4, 2018.

Production of Eonian originally started at least in 2012 but faced many delays for years after. However, it was officially released on May 4, 2018, which ended up being their first original studio album in nearly 8 years following 2010’s Abrahadabra. The band self-produced the album while the engineering was handled by Jens Bogren. Dimmu Borgir had to re-sign to their current label Nuclear Blast and reflect on communication during the eight year gap. During this gap, three of the band members became fathers and focused on their family life. When describing the album’s sound, Silenoz stated that the symphonic metal parts are more symphonic while the black metal sound of Dimmu is more black metal this time around. In April, Dimmu Borgir announced limited tour dates for the month of August 2018 with the band playing shows in Las Vegas, Chicago, Toronto, and New York City.

The first single from the album, ‘Interdimensional Summit’ was released on February 23, 2018 on 7 inch vinyl with an accompanying promotional video. The song received a mixed reception from fans due to its inclusion of folk metal elements to the music. The second single, ‘Council of Wolves and Snakes’ was released on March 30, 2018 with an accompanying music video.


Abrahadabra / 2010

Dimmu Borgir -Abrahadabra
  • Album Info
  • 2010
  • Nuclear Blast

1. Xibir (Instrumental)

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


Abrahadabra is the ninth studio album by Norwegian black metal band Dimmu Borgir, released in 2010. The first single from the album, “Gateways”, was released on August 20 in Europe and August 24 in North America. On September 14, a video for “Gateways” was released featuring Djerv front-woman, Agnete Kjølsrud. The album features drummer Daray & additional keyboards by : Gerlioz

In Sorte Diaboli / 2007

Dimmu Borgir - In Sorte Diaboli
  • Album Info
  • 2007
  • Nuclear Blast

1. The Serpentine Offering

2. The Chosen Legacy

3. The Conspiracy Unfolds

4. The Sacrilegious Scorn

5. The Fallen Arises (Instrumental)

6. The Sinister Awakening

7. The Fundamental Alienation

8. The Invaluable Darkness

9. The Foreshadowing Furnace


In Sorte Diaboli (Latin for “In league with the devil”) is the eighth studio album by Norwegian symphonic black metal band Dimmu Borgir, released in 2007. It is the band’s first concept album. A site on the Nuclear Blast website was created for In Sorte Diaboli, in which a new promotional photo can be seen and an audio sample can be heard. This would be the last album by Dimmu Borgir to feature ICS Vortex, Hellhammer and Mustis.

Death Cult Armageddon / 2003

Dimmu Borgir - Death Cult Armageddon
  • Album Info
  • 2003
  • Nuclear Blast

1. Allegiance

2. Progenies of the Great Apocalypse

3. Lepers Among Us

4. Vredesbyrd

5. For the World to Dictate Our Death

6. Blood Hunger Doctrine

7. Allehelgens Død I Helveds Rike

8. Cataclysm Children

9. Eradication Instincts Defined

10. Unorthodox Manifesto

11. Heavenly Perverse


Death Cult Armageddon is the sixth studio album by Norwegian symphonic black metal band Dimmu Borgir, released on 9 September 2003. It has since sold over 100,000 copies in the United States; the first album under Nuclear Blast to do so; and debuted on the Billboard 200 chart at number 169.[3] The song “Progenies of the Great Apocalypse” is released as single with accompanying music video. Parts of the album were recorded with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. This would also be the last album to have Nicholas Barker on drums. It also features guest vocals by Abbath Doom Occulta.

Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia / 2001

Dimmu Borgir - Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia
  • Album Info
  • 2001
  • Nuclear Blast



1. Fear and Wonder

2. Blessings Upon the Throne of Tyranny

3. Kings of the Carnival Creation

4. Hybrid Stigmata – The Apostasy

5. Architecture of a Genocidal Nature

6. Puritania

7. IndoctriNation

8. The Maelstrom Mephisto

9. Absolute Sole Right

10. Sympozium

11. Perfection or Vanity (Instrumental)

Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia is the fifth studio album by Norwegian black metal band Dimmu Borgir. It was released by Nuclear Blast Records in 2001. This is the first album to feature drummer Nicholas Barker, guitarist Galder, and ICS Vortex on bass. It is also the first album upon which the band used real orchestral instrumentation instead of keyboard lines.

Spiritual Black Dimensions / 1999

Dimmu Borgir - Spiritual Black Dimensions
  • Album Info
  • 1999
  • Nuclear Blast

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 (Within Measureless Magic)

9. Arcane Lifeforce Mysteria


Spiritual Black Dimensions is the fourth studio album by Norwegian black metal band Dimmu Borgir. It was released in 1999 by Nuclear Blast Records. A deluxe edition was released in 2004 with bonus material. There is also a digipak edition of this album which contains no bonus tracks. The digipak has reflective/holographic cover art. This release featured keyboardist Mustis and the clean vocals of ICS Vortex, as well as the departure of long-time drummer Tjodalv, guitarist Astennu, and bassist Nagash.

Enthrone Darkness Triumphant / 1997

Dimmu Borgir - Enthrone Darkness Triumphant
  • Album Info
  • 1997
  • Nuclear Blast

1. Mourning Palace

2. Spellbound (By the Devil)

3. In Death’s Embrace

4. Relinquishment of Spirit and Flesh

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. Raabjørn speiler Draugheimens skodde


Enthrone Darkness Triumphant is the third studio album by Norwegian black metal band Dimmu Borgir, released on 30 May 1997 through Nuclear Blast Records. It was the band’s first release through Nuclear Blast. This is the last release to feature keyboardist Stian Aarstad and the first with bassist Nagash.

Stormblåst / 1996

Dimmu Borgir - Stormblåst
  • Album Info
  • 1996
  • Cacophonous

1. Alt lys er svunnet hen

2. Broderskapets ring

3. Når sjelen hentes til helvete

4. Sorgens kammer

5. Da den kristne satte livet til

6. Stormblåst

7. Dødsferd

8. Antikrist

9. Vinder fra en ensom grav

10. Guds fortapelse – åpenbaring av dommedag


Stormblåst (“Stormblown” in English) is the second studio album by Norwegian black metal band Dimmu Borgir. It was released on 25 January 1996 through Cacophonous Records, and re-released in 2001 by Century Media. The album is entirely in the band’s native language of Norwegian, and was their last album to be completely in Norwegian instead of English. This is also the first album where Tjodalv switched to drums as opposed to guitar, the first where Shagrath is on vocals and the last where lyrics would be written by Aldrahn (of Dødheimsgard and Ved Buens Ende) until 2003’s Death Cult Armageddon, and the last album to feature Brynjard Tristan on bass guitar.

For all tid / 1995

Dimmu Borgir - For all tid
  • Album Info
  • 1995
  • No Colours

1. Det nye riket

2. Under korpens vinger

3. Over bleknede blåner til dommedag

4. Stien

5. Glittertind

6. For all tid

7. Hunnerkongens sorgsvarte ferd over steppene

8. Raabjørn speiler draugheimens skodde

9. Den gjemte sannhets hersker


For all tid (“For all time” in English) is the debut studio album by Norwegian black metal band Dimmu Borgir. It was remastered and re-released in 1997 with their new label Nuclear Blast with the front cover art in full color and the entire Inn i evighetens mørke EP added. It is the band’s only studio album on which Shagrath is on drums, Tjodalv on guitar and Silenoz on vocals.

The artwork displayed on the front cover of the album is inspired by Gustave Doré’s illustration of Camelot from Idylls of the King.


After a gap of around eight years, one of the most famous black metal bands makes their return: The norwegian band Dimmu Borgir has released their tenth full-lenght studio album entitled

May 27, 2018 by Daniel Ramos
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