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Blending black metal's most brutal tendencies, the melancholic beauty of classical and opera, and industrial metal's production techniques, Dimmu Borgir have carved a niche in the metal world as one of the most savage and creative acts to hail from the Norwegian scene. Emerging in the early '90s -- vocalist Shagrath and rhythm guitarist Silenoz have remained the group's sole constant members -- the band's early material hewed closer to the thrash-forward extreme metal aesthetic of groups like Bathory and Darkthrone. Commencing with 1997's Enthrone Darkness Triumphant, Dimmu Borgir's purist take on black metal began to take on more symphonic undertones, culminating in the release of their landmark sixth studio effort, 2003's Death Cult Armageddon, which was recorded with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Subsequent outings like In Sorte Diaboli (2007) and Eonian (2018) followed suit, with the band dressing decibel-rich, blast-furnace-forged slabs of death and destruction in black robes of Wagnerian opulence. The group first started in 1993, when members Shagrath (vocals), Erkekjetter Silenoz (guitar), and Tjodalv (guitar and drums) came together to join the emerging metal scene. Although some groups like Emperor and Mayhem had already been making noise for a while, a next generation of groups was the first to directly take influence from their efforts. Bassist Brynjard Tristan and keyboardist Stian Aarstad were drafted into the Dimmu Borgir fold and the band began its career with a 7" single, "Inn I Evighetens Morke." The single sold out in a few weeks, inspiring the band to record a full-length album. Although their live performances were starting to gain them a lot of attention, it wasn't until For All Tid's release in 1994 that they made their mark internationally. After some European touring and a few rave reviews from metal publications, the band went back to the studio to work on their next album. The result, 1996's Stormblåst, was a step up from the primal debut album. Featuring stronger melodies and their first attempts at the classical flourishes that would enhance their later work, the group again gained more rave reviews. They were still in the shadow of many of their contemporaries, as landmark releases from Cradle of Filth and Emperor were released around the same time. They suspected their use of Norwegian may have been the cause, so Stormblast was also the last album to use their native language to deliver the lyrics. They toured quite heavily behind the album and even released a single for "Devil's Path" in between albums, but along the way, they also lost Tristan and had to replace him with Kovenant bassist Nagash. When they did return to the studio, they recruited producer Peter Tägtgren to record the monumental Enthrone Darkness Triumphant, a landmark album in both scope and songwriting. Due to new label Nuclear Blast's heavy marketing and distribution, the album sold much larger quantities than anything they had produced before, and found them thrust to the forefront of the black metal movement. Dimmu Borgir were more than ready to take that responsibility, and the following tour saw them pick up second guitarist Astennu. They also fired longtime keyboardist Aarstad because of internal difficulties and replaced him with future Sinergy frontwoman Kimberly Goss. She could only last through a part of the tour due to contract responsibilities, and she was replaced by Mustis. Tjodalv also left Dimmu Borgir after the tour to be with his newborn child, and was replaced by Aggressor for a mini-tour after taking a break from the band's Enthrone promotion. For All Tid was re-released in 1998 with "Inn I Evighetens Morke" added to the track listing, while the Godless Savage Garden EP was also released to tide over fans until the next album. The recording sessions for Spiritual Black Dimensions came next, and Tjodalv came back to the fold after his family sabbatical. The album was released in 1999 to more praise from the metal media, as it revealed a heavier and more complex vision than anything they had accomplished before. Nagash quit before any touring could take place, but the band had asked bassist Simen Hestnaes from Borknagar to add operatic vocals to the recordings anyway, so he slid into the role quite easily. The band also made a split album with Old Man's Child around the same time, and the results were released as Sons of Satan Gather for Attack in the same year. Tjodalv unexpectedly left Dimmu Borgir after their 1999 tour, but Cradle of Filth's Nick Barker was more than ready to step into his shoes and the tour resumed without a hitch. In keeping with the spirit of their luck in the late '90s, the turn of the century saw Astennu fired from Dimmu Borgir before the recording of their next album. Financial and time constraints put off the recording process until the fall of 2000, and in the meantime, they drafted Galder from Old Man's Child to become their new guitarist. Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia was the resulting album, and the effort was by far their most complicated release to date. Featuring a symphonic orchestra on almost the entire album, the CD was an astonishing accomplishment in the world of black metal. The band toured behind it, but the tragedies of September 11, 2001 cut short their plans to tour with Napalm Death in the States and they had to stay in Europe. Still, they managed to release an EP and a DVD in their newfound spare time, and Barker and Galder could do work with their various side projects and other bands before stepping back into the studio to record the mammoth genre-mashing masterpiece Death Cult Armageddon. Released in 2003, it relied heavily on the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. The year 2005 saw them issue a new version of their fan-favorite second album, re-recorded with vastly improved production values and retitled Stormblåst MMV. The full orchestra was once again utilized on 2007's equally impressive In Sorte Diaboli, while 2011's Abrahadabra saw them venturing even further into prog territory. The band took a long time crafting the follow-up, which was tentatively scheduled to arrive in late 2017. At the beginning of that year, to tide fans over, they released the epic live album Forces of the Northern Night, which presented in full their pivotal May 28, 2011 show from the Spektrum in Oslo, featuring the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and Schola Cantorum choir. This date was the first time they had ever been able to perform live with a full orchestra, something Shagrath called "the pinnacle of our career so far." Dimmu Borgir's tenth studio album, Eonian, finally arrived in May 2018. Produced by the band itself and engineered by Jens Bogren, it saw a move toward a more melodic, "pop"-influenced sound, albeit no less heavy or grandiose than before. ~ Bradley Torreano
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  3.   Puritania
  4.   Interdimensional Summit
  5.   For the World to Dictate Our Death
  6.   Kings of the Carnival Creation
  7.   Council of Wolves and Snakes
  8.   Architecture of a Genocidal Nature
  9.   Antikrist
  10.   The Conspiracy Unfolds
  11.   Blood Hunger Doctrine
  12.   In Death's Embrace
  13.   Vredesbyrd
  14.   Xibir
  15.   Lepers Among Us
  16.   Mourning Palace
  17.   The Serpentine Offering
  18.   Chaos Without Prophecy
  19.   Dodsferd
  20.   Ætheric
  21.   Dimmu Borgir
  22.   Under Korpens Vinger
  23.   Archaic Correspondence
  24.   Lightbringer
  25.   Alt Lys Er Svunnet Hen
  26.   Eradication Instincts Defined
  27.   Grotesquery Conceiled (Within Measureless Magic)
  28.   Tormentor of Christian Souls
  29.   Entrance
  30.   Rite of Passage
  31.   Alpha Aeon Omega
  32.   The Empyrean Phoenix
  33.   King of Fools
  34.   Ritualist
  35.   Renewal
  36.   Gateways
  37.   Sorgens Kammer
  38.   Guds Fortapelse - Apenbaring a
  39.   The Sinister Awakening
  40.   Nar Sjelen Hentes til Helvete
  41.   Allehelgens Død I Helveds Rike
  42.   Perfection or Vanity
  43.   The Maelstrom Mephisto
  44.   Masses for a New Messiah
  45.   Arcane Lifeforce Mysteria
  46.   Stormblast
  47.   Det Nye Riket
  48.   Fear and Wonder
  49.   Dreamside Dominions
  50.   Moonchild Domain
  51.   I Am Sovereign
  52.   The Unveiling
  53.   One by One
  54.   Guds Fortapelse by Apenbaring Av Dommedag
  55.   Endings and Continuations
  56.   Chess with the Abyss
  57.   Born Treacherous
  58.   A Jewel Traced Through Coal
  59.   Vinder Fra en Ensom Grav
  60.   Hybird Stigmata - The Apostasy
  61.   Blessing Upon the Throne of Tyranny
  62.   The Chosen Legacy
  63.   The Sacrilegious Scorn
  64.   The Fallen Arises
  65.   The Heretic Hammer
  66.   The Fundamental Alienation
  67.   Foreshadowing Furnace
  68.   Guds Fortapelse - Apenbaring AV Dommedag
  69.   Sorgens Kammer del. II
  70.   Broderskapets Ring
  71.   Heavenly Perverse
  72.   Cataclysm Children
  73.   Burn in Hell
  74.   Devil's Path
  75.   Inn I Evighetens Mørke, Pt. 2
  76.   Sympozium
  77.   Indoctrination
  78.   Behind the Curtains
  79.   The Insight and the Catharsis
  80.   The Blazing Monoliths of Defiance
  81.   The Promised Future Aeons
  82.   United in Unhallowed Grace
  83.   A Succubus in Rapture
  84.   Prudence's Fall
  85.   Master of Disharmony
  86.   Spellbound (By the Devil)
  87.   Inn I Evighetens Morke (Part 1)
  88.   Den Gjemte Sannhets Hersker
  89.   Raabjorn Speiler Draugheimens Skodde
  90.   Hunnerkongens Sorgsvarte Ferd Over Steppene
  91.   Glittertind
  92.   The Night Masquerade
  93.   Allegiance
  94.   Stien
  95.   The Demiurge Molecule
  96.   Da Den Kristne Satte Livet Til
  97.   Unorthodox Manifesto
  98.   Reptile
  99.   Hunnerkongen
  100.   Absolute Sole Right
  101.   Avmaktslave
  102.   Metal Heart
  103.   The Invaluable Darkness
  104.   Over Bleknede Blåner Cil Dommedag
  105.   Outro
  106.   Manipulator of Souls
  107.   Intro
  108.   Only for the Weak
  109.   Relinquishment of Spirit and Flesh
  110.   Behind the Curtains of Night - Phantasmagoria
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