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Oslo, Norway (1993 – present)

Dimmu Borgir is a symphonic black metal band from Norway. “Dimmu Borgir” means “Dark Cities” or “Dark Fortresses” in Icelandic and Old Norse. The name is derived from a volcanic formation in Iceland, Dimmuborgir.

Dimmu Borgir started as a melodic black metal band in 1993. Formed by Shagrath, Silenoz, and Tjodalv, the band released an EP in 1994 entitled Inn i evighetens mørke (“Into the Darkness of Eternity” in English). This short EP sold out within weeks, and the band followed up with the 1994 full length album For all tid. This album featured musical contributions by members of Dødheimsgard and Ved Buens Ende. The initial lineup consisted of Shagrath playing guitar with Tjodalv on drums and Silenoz backing vocals, however this changed before the release of Stormblåst (translates to “Storm Blown”) on Cacophonous Records in 1996. Stormblåst received high praise from many melodic black metal fans, and is often regarded as a highlight of the band’s career. It is also the last album which features all lyrics written and sung in Norwegian.

After Stormblåst, Dimmu Borgir’s lineup took a sharp turn. Keyboardist Stian Aarstad left the band due to his obligation to serve in the Norwegian army, thus being unable to participate in the 1996 recording of Devil’s Path. That period was also marked by the departure of their bassist Brynjard Tristan and the arrival of Nagash. Stian Aarstad returned for the recording of 1997’s Enthrone Darkness Triumphant.


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  • AriaEvans


    16 Dec 12:46am Reply
  • irresistibIe

    so nostalgic

    27 Nov 1:56pm Reply
  • gmoney2216

    dimmu burger

    24 Nov 4:01pm Reply
  • ShredsofFlesh

    I've grown to love all of this band's releases .

    22 Nov 2:09pm Reply
  • totinferno666

    dimmu borgir <3

    20 Nov 2:03pm Reply
  • Suomirocker

    Happy Birthday, Shagrath! Ave Satanas!

    18 Nov 8:27pm Reply
  • Fromthedead89

    I love old Dimmu Borgir, but hey Dimmu Borgir today isnt that bad as people says.

    8 Nov 9:16pm Reply
  • ErianaValo

    One of my favorite bands ♥

    4 Nov 3:43pm Reply
  • Rose-Amaranthe


    25 Oct 6:24pm Reply
  • Spog_Zallagi

    I heard it comes in about thirty seconds.

    11 Oct 1:32am Reply
  • Rose-Amaranthe

    Does anyone know when the new album comes?

    4 Oct 7:00pm Reply
  • LukeMaNity

    Kings of the Carnival Creation, Stormblast (1996) and Antikrist (1996) are my jams.

    1 Oct 10:07pm Reply
  • M_Vreidson

    Progenies of the Great Apocalypse is the most listened track? What did go wrong? And gateways second? Nah, just nah.

    20 Sep 7:38pm Reply
  • Kaiser_19

    @Narghash, yep. I guess shitty pop and mainstream music has done so much damage it's irremediable.

    12 Sep 2:32pm Reply
  • Narghash

    Wow this discussion here is such bullshit. Either ppl who think metalheads are socially excluded are bad trolls or just plain dumb. Lack of intelligence here is strong ;D

    11 Sep 9:01pm Reply
  • ShredsofFlesh

    I really like all of their releases that have their old logo . Great stuff !

    8 Sep 11:23pm Reply
  • IBlackened

    He is in this group: "People with no social lives that listen to more music than is healthy...".

    7 Sep 1:25am Reply
  • Ribesal

    My favorite band!

    5 Sep 6:40pm Reply
  • spineshank155

    v good point.

    2 Sep 7:34am Reply
  • Kaiser_19

    ''LoL heavy metal is only for socially excluded people'' We are socially excluded because we don't have the need to be ''friends'' or ''socially included'' with people like you that only say useless things.

    31 Aug 8:07pm Reply
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