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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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  • IBlackened

    @darkvoid666, it's Xanthochroid. Check their facebook page.

    16 Apr 2:51pm Reply
  • Viktoria_Siren

    Обожаю комментарии "истинных блацкеров" - это ж надо настолько зацикливаться на теме "трушно/не трушно". Идеология, культура, но не до такой маразматичной степени же.

    15 Apr 3:48pm Reply
  • darkvoid666

    The very new Dimmu Borgir track : http://vk.com/wall-39227415_22644?reply=22662

    9 Apr 8:38am Reply
  • Lary_Filth

    lovely ♥

    2 Apr 1:48pm Reply
  • Svartorn

    Are these guys still together? Just randomly thought about DB the other day and I realized they haven't had an album in nearly half a decade.

    31 Mar 2:58pm Reply
  • s_mars

    Never heard a song from them. 452.636 can suck my dick and kill himself.

    27 Mar 2:28pm Reply
  • Post-romantic

    HYITA

    26 Mar 11:20pm Reply
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  • Blutgeweiht

    @Philippo10: I was talking about Sweden (Bathory), not the UK.

    22 Mar 11:10am Reply
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    20 Mar 11:42pm Reply
  • ravenfts

    Atmosferiyle , en iyi müziği sergileyebilen grup, grubumuz.

    20 Mar 8:45am Reply
  • Philippo10

    and did forget about Sarcófago!

    17 Mar 10:48pm Reply
  • jonowev

    You talk utter fucking shit

    17 Mar 3:27pm Reply
  • Philippo10

    Blutgeweiht; Everybody knows that "start" in uk with Venom, with their album and track called Black Metal, but their are not on the same waveleight when its comes to black metalm genre.

    16 Mar 11:49pm Reply
  • jonowev

    It's called progression.

    15 Mar 12:36am Reply
  • patisawesome121

    Their first three releases were outstanding. Then..............I don't even know what happened. Jesus fucking christ. Why.

    14 Mar 4:15am Reply
  • CommandoBurzum

    the worst shit ever made...

    11 Mar 12:32am Reply
  • MelodicElf

    Love the old norwegian albums: "For all Tid" and "Stormblast".

    10 Mar 3:50pm Reply
  • HW-DiEnd

    I'm a big fan of Dimmu Borgir,but i consider those guys only as a Symphonic Metal band,this isn't Black Metal to me.BTW it's still awesome.

    8 Mar 7:14pm Reply
  • Blutgeweiht

    @Philippo10: So are you saying only Norwegians can be true black metal fans? Because in that case I'm forced to remind you that the first black metal bands weren't even Norwegian. @Schiiizo_Punk: Just because one doesn't have many scrobbles doesn't mean he never listened to music before in his life.

    7 Mar 2:52pm Reply
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