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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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  • M_Vreidson

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

    Yesterday 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
  • Mlleane


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  • Plook

    Marvellous band

    24 Aug 11:52am Reply
  • spineshank155

    Well you didn't specify metalheads, i know plenty of non metalheads that enjoy metal from time to time. And just because you haven't seen a metalhead who isn't a socially excluded nerd doesn't mean there isn't metalheads who are actually nice and social. I will agree that most will listen to metal because their life sucks or whatever and i admit i listen to metal because i have been through rough times, but not only that it's because this world is a disaster yet people continue to live in an elusive state because they are 'cheerful'. Doesn't stop hunger, poverty, war, or crime. I don't think listening to metal makes me look strong. In fact i listen to metal because it reflects the fact that i am aware of all the problems in the world and i would rather spend my time fixing them then, be happy or whatever. In fact i can be happy while putting an effort in fixing these problems.

    23 Aug 1:30am Reply
  • WaldoJeffers_X

    vv haven't seen yet a metalhead who isn't an socially excluded nerd. most of them listen to this kind of music because their life sucks and they want to look "strong" in front of other people.

    22 Aug 5:04pm Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    They sync so well to Viy, haha...that movie was made much more epic by their recent material! \\m/

    18 Aug 5:36am Reply
  • spineshank155

    "LoL heavy metal is only for socially excluded people" Anyone can enjoy heavy metal, but considering how narrow minded those comments are i am not surprised.

    16 Aug 3:40pm Reply
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    Live at Bloodstock Open Air: VIDEO STREAMING!!!

    8 Aug 7:23pm Reply
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  • Syndicaidramon

    "Not what I like" = "Genuine suckage" apparently. Oh, the stupidity...

    2 Aug 9:51am Reply
  • WaldoJeffers_X

    v Opeth are the only exception

    1 Aug 2:41am Reply
  • WaldoJeffers_X

    X is the first letter of my name, your argument is invalid. and metal still sucks

    1 Aug 2:39am Reply
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