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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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  • Eugene1878

    Даже труёвые блекари втихаря от всех подрачивают на Боргиров, давайте не будем врать. А группа действительно шикарная, особенно ранние альбомы.

    18 Mar 10:09pm Reply
  • Damianek666XD

    true norwegian black metal you fucking idiots

    18 Mar 3:13am Reply
  • spineshank155

    Was looking at the tag page and wonder if people are trolling. I hope the new album is good.

    6 Mar 5:27am Reply
  • Schander

    This is still cracking me up.

    5 Mar 12:58am Reply
  • Schander

    New album? It'd be great if they'd focus more on the actual music than on their outfits, this time around. Make me forget Abrahadabra, brada!

    5 Mar 12:50am Reply
  • AORocker

    The Insight And The Catharsis!!!!

    22 Feb 5:52pm Reply
  • dAziks aww yiss!

    20 Feb 9:53pm Reply
  • Wishmaster5666

    Wie ktoś kiedy ma się ukazać nowa płyta?;D

    19 Feb 10:22pm Reply
  • Lloergan

    Despite all the hate this band gets I don't think Dimmu Borgir have a single bad album, nothing lower than an 7/10 in my book. I might have nostalgia goggles because they are one of the first bands that got me into extreme metal - but I will always love their music. Killer live band too.

    19 Feb 12:25pm Reply
  • Infernal-Vader

    Sqvoll91m кого волнует в наши дни трушность

    6 Feb 8:43am Reply
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  • colderskin

    all of their material is good don't be adult babies

    30 Jan 12:14pm Reply
  • haadeus

    holy cunt of jesus their videos are funny, i didn't know there're so many of them.

    27 Jan 4:57pm Reply
  • AniBathory

    27 Jan 9:00am Reply
  • haadeus

    i agree, Stormblåst is such a gem that overshadows everything else this band has done. in fact, i pretend the band retired to their mountain cottages after that album.

    24 Jan 2:39pm Reply
  • onlycharles

    Stormblast is a fucking masterpiece!

    21 Jan 2:22pm Reply
  • Sqvoll91

    пофиг, что не трушный блэк, группа просто офигенская

    18 Jan 3:41pm Reply
  • tfaaon

    I don't get the hate on the last album. it's great ! It's not trve black metal, indeed, but it's done well, and the song writing is pretty cool ! Can't wait for a new album !

    8 Jan 1:32pm Reply

    Fucking Shagrath !D.borgir its pooser

    4 Jan 11:17pm Reply
  • Deroth-Rus-

    true black metal, ahaha

    3 Jan 12:11pm Reply
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