Dimmu Borgir Biography, Discography.

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Style: Sympho Black Metal
Year of birth: 1992
Country: Norway
Views: 32767. Updated: 11 January, 2005 by Project Moderators

Biography of Band

The name Dimmu Borgir is taken from a large area of unusually shaped lava fields east of Lake Mэvatn on Iceland. The word Dimmu means foggy or dark and Borgir means castle or fortress. The band was originally formed in 1993 by Shagrath, Silenoz and Tjodalv. Shortly Brynjard Tristan and Stian Aarstad also joined the band.

They began their musical career with the release of a 7" EP called "Inn I Evighetens Mørke" ("Into The Eternity Of Darkness") in 1994. Within a few weeks it had already sold out. In late 1994 they released their debut full-length album named "For All Tid" ("Forever"). This album featured contributions by Aldrahn from Dødheimsgеrd and Vicotnik from Ved Buens Ende.

In 1996 they released one of the most important albums in black metal history namely "Stormblеst" ("Stormwind"). This album showed the true talent of Dimmu Borgir with mature song writing and a strong influence from classical music.

On the first two albums the band wrote all lyrics in Norwegian but after the release of "Stormblеst" they switched over to English because of the increasing popularity of the band.

In 1996 they released the "Devilsґs Path" MCD on Hot Records where Shagrath worked, taking care of signing and promotion of the labelґs bands. Stian Aarstad did not play the keyboards on this album since he had to serve in the army.

In 1997 they released "Enthrone Darkness Triumphant" which was produced by Peter Tдgtgren (Hypocrisy, Pain, The Abyss). This album was a huge success and it sold more than 150,000 copies. Dimmu Borgir was now one of the biggest black metal bands ever. The lyrics of "Tormentor of Christian Souls" were left out in the booklet since Nuclear Blast did not want to be responsible for the printing of them.

After the recording of this album the band hired the Australian Astennu (Lord Kaos, Carpe Tenebrum, The Kovenant) to play guitars on live shows so that Shagrath could concentrate on his vocals. Astennu replaced Jens Petter who was a member of the band for a short period between "Stormblеst" and "Enthrone…". After the "Enthrone…" tour, Dimmu Borgir had a mini-tour where Tjodalv left the band for a few months to be with his family and newborn child. His replacement was Aggressor (Ved Buens Ende, Aura Noir), filling in as a session drummer. In the "Enthrone…" tour, Stian Aarstad had trouble participating in some of the performances and was fired from the band. Stian Aarstad has now joined the Norwegian black metal band Enthral. After he left Kimberley Goss (Therion, Ancient, Sinergy) joined the band for a very short time as a session keyboardist. She was replaced by the young Mustis who was a friend of Shagrath. He played live with the band for the first time at the Dynamo Open Air festival 1998.

In 1998 Nuclear Blast decided to re-release the debut album "For all Tid". This album contains all of the original material and includes two songs from their 7" EP "Inn I Evighetens Mørke". That very year Dimmu Borgir also released a MCD called "Godless Savage Garden".

The next album "Spiritual Black Dimensions" was once again recorded at the famous Abyss Studios with Peter Tдgtgren (Hypocrisy, Pain, The Abyss). A month after the release of this album Dimmu Borgir made a split album with Old Man's Child called "Sons of Satan Gather for Attack" which was released on Hammerheart.

Early on the 1999 tour in the US Tjodalv decided to leave the band due to musical and personal differences. He had a family to take care of and could not do the immense touring of Dimmu Borgir. Tjodalv was replaced by well-known Nick Barker from Cradle Of Filth.

In March 2000 the band was ready to start the recording of a new album. They had booked The Abyss Studio but needed more time to finish the new material and also suffered some financial problems. Nick was still living in London and could not afford to come to Norway too often.

Members of Dimmu Borgir

Current Members:
Stian Thoresen (Shagrath). Role: Vocals
Side projects: Fimbulwinter
Sven Atle Kopperud (Erkekjetter Silenoz). Role: Guitar, Vocals
Side projects: Nocturnal Breed
Thomas Rune Andersen (Galder). Role: Guitar
Side projects: Old Man's Child
Simen Hestnes (ICS Vortex). Role: Bass, Clean Vocals
Mustis. Role: Keyboards
Tony Laureno. Role: Drums
Side projects: Acheron, Malevolent Creation, Angel Corpse, God Dethroned, Nile


CD: For All Tid (1994) Studio: No Colours. Tracklist.
Demo: Inn I Evighetens Morke (1994) Studio: Necromantic Gallery Production. Tracklist.
EP: Devil's Path (1996) Studio: Hot Records. Tracklist.
CD: Stormbl?st (1996) Studio: Cacophonous Records. Tracklist.
CD: Enthrone Darkness Triumphant (1997) Studio: Nuclear Blast. Tracklist.
Video/VHS: Live & Plugged vol.2 (1998) Studio: Nuclear Blast. Tracklist.
EP: Godless Savage Garden (1998) Studio: Nuclear Blast. Tracklist.
CD: Spiritual Black Dimensions (1999) Studio: Nuclear Blast. Tracklist.
EP: Alive in Torment (2001) Studio: Nuclear Blast. Tracklist.
CD: Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia (2001) Studio: Nuclear Blast. Tracklist.
CD: Death Cult Armageddon (2003) Studio: Nuclear Blast. Tracklist.
Single: Progenies of the Great Apocalypse (2003) Studio: Nuclear Blast. Tracklist.
Single: Vredesbyrd (2004) Studio: Nuclear Blast. Tracklist.

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