Symphonic Black Metal / Melodic Black Metal • Norway
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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
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DIMMU BORGIR albums / top albums

DIMMU BORGIR For all tid album cover 3.28 | 21 ratings
For all tid
Melodic Black Metal 1994
DIMMU BORGIR Stormblåst album cover 3.85 | 23 ratings
Symphonic Black Metal 1996
DIMMU BORGIR Enthrone Darkness Triumphant album cover 3.94 | 35 ratings
Enthrone Darkness Triumphant
Symphonic Black Metal 1997
DIMMU BORGIR Spiritual Black Dimensions album cover 3.69 | 31 ratings
Spiritual Black Dimensions
Symphonic Black Metal 1999
DIMMU BORGIR Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia album cover 4.07 | 34 ratings
Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia
Symphonic Black Metal 2001
DIMMU BORGIR Death Cult Armageddon album cover 3.69 | 32 ratings
Death Cult Armageddon
Symphonic Black Metal 2003
DIMMU BORGIR Stormblåst MMV album cover 4.02 | 16 ratings
Stormblåst MMV
Symphonic Black Metal 2005
DIMMU BORGIR In Sorte Diaboli album cover 3.14 | 25 ratings
In Sorte Diaboli
Symphonic Black Metal 2007
DIMMU BORGIR Abrahadabra album cover 3.59 | 27 ratings
Symphonic Black Metal 2010
DIMMU BORGIR Eonian album cover 4.08 | 8 ratings
Symphonic Black Metal 2018


DIMMU BORGIR Inn i evighetens mørke album cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
Inn i evighetens mørke
Melodic Black Metal 1994
DIMMU BORGIR Devil's Path album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Devil's Path
Melodic Black Metal 1996
DIMMU BORGIR True Kings of Norway album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
True Kings of Norway
Symphonic Black Metal 2000
DIMMU BORGIR World Misanthropy album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
World Misanthropy
Symphonic Black Metal 2002

DIMMU BORGIR live albums

DIMMU BORGIR Alive in Torment album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Alive in Torment
Symphonic Black Metal 2002
DIMMU BORGIR Forces of the Northern Night album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Forces of the Northern Night
Symphonic Black Metal 2017

DIMMU BORGIR demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

DIMMU BORGIR Dimmu Borgir album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dimmu Borgir
Symphonic Black Metal 2017

DIMMU BORGIR re-issues & compilations

DIMMU BORGIR Godless Savage Garden album cover 3.24 | 10 ratings
Godless Savage Garden
Symphonic Black Metal 1998

DIMMU BORGIR singles (3)

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Symphonic Black Metal 2004
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Symphonic Black Metal 2010
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Interdimensional Summit
Symphonic Black Metal 2018

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Album · 2018 · Symphonic Black Metal
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Kev Rowland
It has been way too long since Dimmu Borgir last released a studio album, and I felt the only way to be able to understand how this fits in the canon was by playing a few tracks from this and then dip into ‘Death Cult Armageddon’. This was an interesting exercise, not least because I always felt that a major part of their sound (at least for me) was the clean vocals of ICS Vortex, but of course he departed long ago. Vocalist Shagrath, as well as guitarists Silenoz and Galder are still there providing the material, while drummer Daray has been there for a decade, keyboard player Gerlioz has been there since 2010, so there is only one new boy, bassist Victor Brandt. Deciding to take their time on the songs has obviously been worthwhile, as there is far more breadth and depth to this than anything that have released previously. They have moved far more into the orchestral and symphonic arena, while still playing black metal like no-one else.

A special mention must be made of Gaute Storås and his work on the choral arrangements for the Schola Cantrum Choir, as it isn’t possible to overstate the impact they have had on the album as a whole. This is very much a metal band, but one that is attempting to create a genre of their own making, taking black metal and forcing into something that is far deeper, heavier and orchestral than anything they have managed up to this. The production is simply superb, incredibly clear while also very heavy indeed, allowing the band to spread their wings and show that when it comes to this style of music there are very few in the world who can even approach the majesty and dark beauty of what they are producing. It has been way too long since these guys have provided us with a new album, let’s just hope that the world tour to follow is just that, and that they make their way down here, as that would be a show not to miss.

DIMMU BORGIR Forces of the Northern Night

Live album · 2017 · Symphonic Black Metal
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Kev Rowland

It has been way too long since we last heard from Dimmu Borgir, and they have returned with a double DVD set, of which I have been sent the audio (and surely will be released on CD as well). Back in 2010 they performed with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and a full-scale choir in their hometown of Oslo, and this release contains that entire show plus their performance at Wacken Open Air with the National Czech Symphonic Orchestra (as well as an in-depth documentary with behind-the-scenes footage of the massive stage production in Norway). By now the band was down to just a trio, with Shagrath (vocals), Silenoz (guitars) and Galder (guitars) joined by session musicians Daray (drums), Cyrus (bass) and Geir Bratland (keyboards), plus of course everyone else! I always felt that ICS Vortex was a key part of their sound, with his vocals complementing those of Shagrath, but he certainly isn’t missed here with everything else going on.

Their over the top symphonic black metal sound lends itself to the orchestral treatment, and the result is something that is quite extraordinary. The crowd also know that they are seeing something very special indeed, and are vocal in their support of what they are seeing and hearing. It is over the top, it is bombastic, and simply excellent. It is hard to pick a favourite moment among the seventeen songs on offer, but one must admit that “Progenies of the Great Apocalypse” has been lifted to even greater heights with the combination of Dimmu Borgir’s attack, the orchestra providing the backdrop, and Shagrath riding the maelstrom to its natural conclusion. This type of music just doesn’t get any better than this, and this will tide over the fans until the new album is released that they are currently working on.


Album · 2005 · Symphonic Black Metal
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Dimmu's decision to re record their 2nd album left a few fans scratching their heads. “Stormblåst”, considered to be a black metal classic, would usually be seen as perfect. But Dimmu saw things a bit differently.

Back in the day of 'kvlt black metal', production of music was glanced over, with image and discordant tones being the real selling point. Sadly, Dimmu's music, while being rather evil was still quite technical and melodic compared to most of the bands coming out of Norway at the time. As seen on their next album “Enthrone Darkness Triumphant”, Dimmu's music was beyond 'kvlt black metal' and pretty much was ready for a more mainstream audience. So, having spent 10 years with poor quality, the band decided to re record this album having achieved the rights for their music from a previous record label.

Now, how does this album hold up. Well, compared to the original the band have been able to successfully re record these tracks while still keeping the spirit of the music alive. Yes, the production on this album is miles better than the previous recordings, but the production does still have a lot of rawness behind it. The drums aren't triggered and the guitars have a very natural fuzz effect on them, creating a more black metal style atmosphere. Musically the band have relied on only 4 members of the band, with Galder and ICS Vortex taking a break from the band and enlisting Hellhammer on drums for some proper kvlt status.

The album opener “Alt Lys Er Svunnet Ven” is a brilliant symphonic blast to the face. Some brilliant instrumental work throughout with some pretty impressive melodic guitar playing.

“Broderskapets Ring” is a rather interesting doomy track. Some of the riffs and musical passages on this track are pretty beautiful. It is a shame that Silenoz's vocals kind of ruin the track.

One of my personal favorite tracks on the album is”Når Sjelen Hentes Til Helvete.” While the song continues at a steady pace, a quiet piano interlude is interrupted by some of Dimmu's fiercest riffs. Possibly one of the bands more heavier moments in their catalogue.

The album's lead single “Sorgens Kammer – Dell II” is a newer arrangement of the song (due to the old keyboard riffs being stolen from the soundtrack of a videogame...plagarism...yay). I have to admit, I'm really glad these guys re arranged this track, because what they created is one of their most classic and kick ass songs in a long time. Shagrath's vocals on this song are hellishly freaky, with a tone and vocal effect which could make you soil yourself in the middle of the night. The music video for this song is also worth a watch, for some pretty nightmarish imagery.

One of the most interesting moments on the album can be heard on the track 'Guds Fortapelse - Åpenbaring av Dommedag.' Starting off with a sample from Bartok's “Concerto For Orchestra”, the song explodes into a black metal fury of riffs and evil vocals.

In conclusion, this album proves that the band pretty much can do whatever they want to do. Re recording their old material to suit their own needs is pretty selfish of them, but I can see why they did it, and I'm glad they did. The songs which now have way better production are given new life, showing off some underrated black metal classics.


Genres: Black Metal, Symphonic Black Metal, Extreme Metal, Melodic Death Metal

Country of origin: Norway

Year of release: 2005

DIMMU BORGIR Spiritual Black Dimensions

Album · 1999 · Symphonic Black Metal
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Having pretty much grabbed the metal world's attention with their 3rd release “Enthrone Darkness Triumphant”, the band decided to bite back, with a rather harsh and sharp bite with this album. Being a rather distant sequel compared to the previous album, this album is a bigger foot in the direction of the band's more recent material.

Faster, more aggressive and more dramatic than any of their other albums, it is a big change for the band and turns more towards the traditional black metal sound that dominated the late 90's and early 2000's. Now the band did make a big change with their next album, but this album is rather unique in its sound and style. The songs are faster at times and the mood is definitely darker. The band line up changed, with the additional of Astennu playing lead guitar on the album and the addition of Vortex on vocals (who would soon become a full member of the band) providing a very different dimension to the band. In fact, it could be argued that this album sounds like a faster Arcturus at times. One problem I have with the album is that their newer sound on this album did take away certain characteristics off the bands sound which in my opinion made the band more unique leaving the album to sound like every black metal band out at around this time this album was released.

Lyrically the band have moved into even more evil territory on this album, with more references to Satan and black magic. In fact, some of the lyrics even take dips into rather sexual territory which is something very different for the band. Nagash's lyrics on the album are also a brilliant addition, woth Silenoz taking a rest on the penmanship of the lyrics. Also, the artwork is pretty epic too.

The opening track “Reptile” is a pretty great intro the album. Fast and furious, the song is able to successfully mix Shagrath's icy cold growls to Vortex's luscious tones, with some pretty kick ass guitar work throughout.

One of the most interesting tracks on the album has to be “The Promised Future Aeons.” Starting off with a low synth intro, the song explodes into a big and epic track with some pretty cool twists and turns throughout.

The real highlight of the album comes in the form of “The Insight & The Catharsis.” A brilliant piece of music which mixes then bands heavier side with some brilliant vocals from Vortex throughout. A great build up throughout with an amazing pay off at the end.

One of the most dramatic tracks on the album “Grotesquery Conceiled (Within Measureless Magic).” Mixing demonic narrations with deafening screams and mad Disney sounding music throughout, the song really is a feat of excellence.

The album's closer “Arcane Lifeforce Mysteria” is an interesting tune. Starting off with a keyboard intro which sounds like something out of a Rush song, the song explodes into a dark yet beautiful affair.

In conclusion, this is definitely up there with one of Dimmu's heaviest affairs. While it may not be a personal favourite of mine, it still shows off some brilliant skill from then band and how they can create very unique albums. Probably the band's most evillest album.


Genres: Black Metal, Extreme Metal, Symphonic Black Metal, Progressive Metal

Country of origin: Norway

Year of release: 1999

DIMMU BORGIR Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia

Album · 2001 · Symphonic Black Metal
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After pretty much progressing their sound away from kvlt black metal standards, the band decided to take their music to the next zenith...with the help of an orchestra.

Yes. This is the start of Dimmu's collaborations with orchestras and in my opinion it is their best album to date and a very underrated one to say the least.

Ok...this song may not have an instant classic tune on it like “Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse” or “Gateways”, but as an album I believe this is a more cohesive effort, with a lot of room for experimentation but with a long running thread throughout.

Musically the band are very much on par with this album being the start of their classic line up phase. Very much almost being a supergroup of black metal, for this album the band where able to recruit Old Man's Child mainman Galder, the clean vocalist and bass player from Arcturus I.C.S. Vortex and the old drummer of Cradle Of Filth (who even played on my personal favourite album by Cradle) giving the band one hell of a new sound. One thing I always noticed about this album is that this has to be one of the loudest albums in existence. For some reason, whenever playing this on CD or browsing through it on my Ipod, I always need to turn my headphones down to stop my eardrums from bleeding. A definite winner in the loudness wars I think.

Lyrically the band see a departure from their more fantasy based lyrics and into a world of philosophical Satanism. With existentialism and misanthropic ideas floating about, the band have a created a very meek atmosphere, both lyrically and musically. Some of the language throughout can be heavily metaphorical and may be lost in translation at time. Also, the cover is a marvel to behold as well (as are the inner artwork of the album's booklet).

The opening instrumental is an orchestrated piece entitled “Fear & Wonder.” A beautifully crafted eerie yet beautiful musical moment, it really does start of the nature and emotions of the album to follow.

The album's real opener “Blessings Upon The Thrones Of Tyranny” is a mammoth of a song. With some of Dimmu's most kick ass riffs, the song is a face melter. One of the band's heaviest songs in their entire back catalogue.

The epic “Kings Of The Carnival Creation” is a rather interesting affair, with some cool moving sections throughout. Rather slow in nature at times, it is mainly kept with Shagrath's icy narrative tingling the hairs on the back of your neck.

“Hybrid Stigmata – The Apostasy” is probably one of my personal favourite Dimmu tracks. With some pretty cool moving sections throughout the real highlight comes in the slower moments which have some incredibly beautiful string parts. The real emotional climax can be heard in the middle section with Vortex providing a beautiful vocal performance. An underrated gem and a unknown classic in my opinion.

“Architecture Of A Genocidal Nature” is a very interesting track due to it being one of the only songs I have ever heard Shagrath showing off some melodic vocals. Bit of an oddity, the song is still very twisted and depraved throughout.

The album's lead single “Puritania” is a very interesting moment for the band. Taking in industrial influences and electronic sounds, the song is a rather odd track, with some eerie digitalized vocals from Shagrath throughout.

One of the album's most insane moments can be heard on “Indoctrination.” The main highlight of this track is the orchestral arrangements which can go from Disney esque to Hitchcock like horror in a matter of moments. A real thrill ride of emotions.

The album's closer “Perfection Or Vanity” is one of the most beautiful endings I may have ever heard to an album. A clashing instrumental with soaring strings, it really carries the album into a new zenith, mixing a multitude of emotions throughout.

In conclusion, this is my favourite Dimmu Borgir album and in my opinion an underrated metal classic. Definitly a highlight in the band's career, it really proves the creativity and uniqueness that these guys have brought to the metal world. The cover also has tits on it, which never goes wrong in my books.


Genres: Symphonic Black Metal, Black Metal, Extreme Metal, Symphonic Metal, Industrial, Progressive Metal

Country of origin: Norway

Year of release: 2001

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