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Bloodstock Open Air 2014

August 29th, 2014

Bloodstock Open Air 2014

@ Catton Hall Derbyshire

7th- 10th August 2014

Review by Ashlinn Nash

Photography by Michelle Murphy 

Bloodstock 2014

Bloodstock 2014

Bloodstock has become something of a staple holiday for many metal heads, with its fine selection of musical delights, the drinking until dawn, great company, dressing up and of course the bin jousting! What more could you want besides all of this?

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Tuska Open Air 2014 – Helsinki Finland

August 9th, 2014

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TUSKA OPEN AIR 2014
Suvilahti, Helsinki, Finland
June 27-29, 2014


Review by Arto Lehtinen, Marko Syrjala

Pics by Arto Lehtinen, Marko Syrjala

The Tuska Open Air Festival is definitely a real metal festival institution amongst all other metal festivals in Europe. This Sivulahti area almost located in the heart of Helsinki, only a few kilometers away from the downtown of Helsinki, is a perfect place for the metallic onslaught during the weekend. The line-up of 2014 looked once again amazing. Anthrax and of course the legion of the Norwegian (former) black metal artists such as Satyricon, both Emperor and Dimmu Borgir as headliners. Of course a few cult metal bands like Metal Church, Stone could be witnessed. The festival was an utter success although the event wasn’t sold out. All in all 24000 people visited Tuska during three days.

Metal-Rules.com was present to check out a lot of bands and enjoy the sun and rain.

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BLOODSTOCK FESTIVAL 2012

September 9th, 2012

Bloodstock Festival 2012

@ Catton Park, Derbyshire, UK

9th – 12th August

Review by Joffie Lovett

Photography by Jamie Hunter


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SNOWY SHAW : Live Album Details / Cover Artwork Revealed !

December 19th, 2011

SNOWY SHAW is Alive! …is the title of the brand new live album with Snowy Shaw.

After more than 20 years professionally in the music business with countless bands and projects Snowy Shaw has earned a reputation as a multi talented artist and instrumentalist. As well as composer, lyricist, designer and visionarie madman in general.

It was bound to happen sooner or later, and many are the fans and followers who have waited for this one-of-a-kind character to go solo, and finally, here he is !

Starting off by delivering a kick ass show the world has never witnessed before with an unmatched repertoir of classics and hits when Snowy together his band play ”All his favorite songs – By All his former bands”: King Diamond, Notre Dame, Mercyful Fate, illwill, Dream Evil, Therion, Dimmu Borgir, XXX, Memento Mori etc…

The Snowy Shaw line up:
Kristian Niemann – Lead Guitar ( ex Therion )
Mannequin De Sade III – drums ( ex Notre Dame )
And female bassist/vocalissa Hellinor
( now replaced by Vicky Valkyria )

Snowy himself – lead vocals, drums, guitars, bass and keyboards.

This live album was captured on the world premiere showcase gig of his solo show that took place in the hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden on May 27th 2011.

For this special occasion Snowy invited some good old friends for guest appearances :
Andy La Rocque – King Diamond, Illwill, Death
Mike Wead – Mercyful Fate, Memento Mori, King Diamond,
Hal Patino – King Diamond, Maryann Cotton
Mats Levén – Therion, Krux, Yngwie Malmsteen
Kee Marcello – Europe, Easy Action, K2
Thomas Vikström – Therion, Candlemass

Snowy just recently decided due to the astonishing response and many offers from festivals promotors and booking agencies to postpone the much anticipated live DVD release with the intention of having even more material filmed and included from the upcoming shows.

Good news! This means that with a little bit of luck you might have a chance to attend one of the shows and experiencing this spectacular, incredible show of Snowy Shaw first hand., in real life.

Vinyl? Yes, there are current plans of releasing Snowy Shaw is Alive! as an exclusive super deluxe limited edition vinyl double live album in the beginning of 2012.

A very merry heavy X-Mas!
Available on Itunes worldwide just a few days before X-Mas!

Artwork by Snowy Shaw. Illustration by Andrej Bartulovic.

The brand new Snowy Shaw website & webshop will be launched before the end of 2011 : www.snowyshaw.net

The Appetizer preview :

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DIMMU BORGIR: FORCED TO CANCEL SHOW IN HAMBURG

October 29th, 2011
Dimmu Borgir

Dimmu Borgir

Norwegian symphonic black metal band DIMMU BORGIR have just released the following statement regarding their upcoming club tour where they will be performing their 1996 classic Enthrone Darkness Triumphant in its entirety as well as a second set of DIMMU classics:

“We are extremely sorry to inform our fans that due to unforeseen circumstances that are out of our control, we will unfortunately have to cancel our show in Hamburg [Germany] on November 10th, 2011.  This will have no influence on any of the other shows on this upcoming tour.”

Confirmed club dates are as follows:

11 Nov 11 – Haarlem, The Netherlands – Patronat [BUY TICKETS]

12 Nov 11 – Antwerp, Belgium – Trix Hall [BUY TICKETS]

14 Nov 11 – Brighton – Concorde 2  [BUY TICKETS]
15 Nov 11 – Colchester – Arts Centre  [BUY TICKETS]
16 Nov 11 – Norwich – Waterfront  [BUY TICKETS]
18 Nov 11 – Glasgow – Classic Grand  [BUY TICKETS]
19 Nov 11 – Leeds – The Cockpit [BUY TICKETS]
20 Nov 11 – Cardiff – Great Hall 2 [BUY TICKETS]
21 Nov 11 – Stoke – Sugarmill  [BUY TICKETS]
23 Nov 11 – London – Islington Academy  [BUY TICKETS]
24 Nov 11 – Nottingham – Rescue Rooms  [BUY TICKETS]
25 Nov 11 – Manchester – Academy 3  [BUY TICKETS]
26 Nov 11 – Birmingham – 02 Academy 2  [BUY TICKETS]

28 Nov 11 – Belfast – Spring and Airbrake [BUY TICKETS]

29 Nov 11 – Dublin – Academy [BUY TICKETS]

 

Tickets are VERY limited and are on sale now.

Members of the band would like to remind everyone that all upcoming confirmed DIMMU BORGIR shows are posted on the band’s official websites.

Visit DIMMU BORGIR online at www.DIMMU-BORGIR.com, www.facebook.com/DIMMUBORGIR, www.myspace.com/DIMMUBORGIR, and on Twitter.

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DIMMU BORGIR TO PERFORM ENTHRONE DARKNESS TRIUMPHANT IN ITS ENTIRETY

October 24th, 2011
Dimmu Borgir

Dimmu Borgir

The votes have been tallied and one album emerged victorious. As elected by their fans via the recent Facebook poll, Norwegian symphonic black metal band DIMMU BORGIR will be performing their epic 1997 release, Enthrone Darkness Triumphant, in its entirety on their upcoming intimate club tour.

There will be no support band.  DIMMU will perform Enthrone Darkness Triumphant as their first set. The second set will be a variety of DIMMU classics.
Confirmed tour dates are as follows:
10 Nov 11 – Hamburg, Germany – Markthalle [BUY TICKETS]

11 Nov 11 – Haarlem, The Netherlands – Patronat [BUY TICKETS]

12 Nov 11 – Antwerp, Belgium – Trix Hall [BUY TICKETS]

14 Nov 11 – Brighton – Concorde 2  [BUY TICKETS]
15 Nov 11 – Colchester – Arts Centre  [BUY TICKETS]
16 Nov 11 – Norwich – Waterfront  [BUY TICKETS]
18 Nov 11 – Glasgow – Classic Grand  [BUY TICKETS]
19 Nov 11 – Leeds – The Cockpit [BUY TICKETS]
20 Nov 11 – Cardiff – Great Hall 2 [BUY TICKETS]
21 Nov 11 – Stoke – Sugarmill  [BUY TICKETS]
23 Nov 11 – London – Islington Academy  [BUY TICKETS]
24 Nov 11 – Nottingham – Rescue Rooms  [BUY TICKETS]
25 Nov 11 – Manchester – Academy 3  [BUY TICKETS]
26 Nov 11 – Birmingham – 02 Academy 2  [BUY TICKETS]

28 Nov 11 – Belfast – Spring and Airbrake [BUY TICKETS]

29 Nov 11 – Dublin – Academy [BUY TICKETS]

 

Tickets are VERY limited and are on sale now.

 

Members of the band would like to remind everyone that all upcoming confirmed DIMMU BORGIR shows are posted on the band’s official websites.

 

Visit DIMMU BORGIR online at www.DIMMU-BORGIR.com, www.facebook.com/DIMMUBORGIR, www.myspace.com/DIMMUBORGIR, and on Twitter.

 

 

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DIMMU BORGIR ANNOUNCE THREE ADDITIONAL EUROPEAN SHOWS

September 22nd, 2011
Dimmu Borgir

Dimmu Borgir

Norwegian symphonic black metal band DIMMU BORGIR are pleased to announce three additional shows to their upcoming European run.  They include:

10 Nov 2011 – Hamburg, Germany – Markthalle [BUY TICKETS]

11 Nov 2011 – Haarlem, The Netherlands – Patronat [BUY TICKETS]

12 Nov 2011 – Antwerp, Belgium – Trix Hall [BUY TICKETS]

 

These shows will be a part of DIMMU BORGIR’s intimate club tour. There will be no support band and DIMMU will perform two sets.  The first set will be a full album in its entirety as chosen by the fans and the second set will include a variety of DIMMU classics.

 

Fans can vote for which of the following three albums they’d like to hear played on DIMMU’s official Facebook page.

A) 1994’s For All Tid

B) 1996’s Stormblåst

C) 1997’s Enthrone Darkness Triumphant

 

Confirmed tour dates through England and Ireland are as follows:

 

14 Nov 11 – Brighton – Concorde 2  [BUY TICKETS]
15 Nov 11 – Colchester – Arts Centre  [BUY TICKETS]
16 Nov 11 – Norwich – Waterfront  [BUY TICKETS]
18 Nov 11 – Glasgow – Classic Grand  [BUY TICKETS]
19 Nov 11 – Leeds – The Cockpit [BUY TICKETS]
20 Nov 11 – Cardiff – Great Hall 2 [BUY TICKETS]
21 Nov 11 – Stoke – Sugarmill  [BUY TICKETS]
23 Nov 11 – London – Islington Academy  [BUY TICKETS]
24 Nov 11 – Nottingham – Rescue Rooms  [BUY TICKETS]
25 Nov 11 – Manchester – Academy 3  [BUY TICKETS]
26 Nov 11 – Birmingham – 02 Academy 2  [BUY TICKETS]

28 Nov 11 – Belfast – Spring and Airbrake [BUY TICKETS]

29 Nov 11 – Dublin – Academy [BUY TICKETS]

 

Tickets are VERY limited and are on sale now.

 

Members of the band would like to remind everyone that all upcoming confirmed DIMMU BORGIR shows are posted on the band’s official websites.

 

Visit DIMMU BORGIR online at www.DIMMU-BORGIR.com, www.facebook.com/DIMMUBORGIR, www.myspace.com/DIMMUBORGIR, and on Twitter.

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DIMMU BORGIR: First Ever Shows in Ireland Announced!

September 9th, 2011

Norwegian symphonic black metal band DIMMU BORGIR are pleased to announce their first ever performances on Irish soil! Confirmed dates are as follows:

28 Nov 11 – Belfast – Spring and Airbrake [BUY TICKETS]

29 Nov 11 – Dublin – Academy [BUY TICKETS]

The shows will be a part of their intimate club tour of the U.K. which now includes the Republic of Ireland. There will be no support band and DIMMU will perform two sets.  The first set will be a full album in its entirety as chosen by the fans and the second set will include a variety of DIMMU classics.

Fans from the U.K. and Republic of Ireland can vote for which of the following three albums they’d like to hear played on DIMMU’s official Facebook page.

A) 1994’s For All Tid

B) 1996’s Stormblåst

C) 1997’s Enthrone Darkness Triumphant

Confirmed U.K. tour dates are as follows:

14 Nov 11 – Brighton – Concorde 2  [BUY TICKETS]
15 Nov 11 – Colchester – Arts Centre  [BUY TICKETS]
16 Nov 11 – Norwich – Waterfront  [BUY TICKETS]
18 Nov 11 – Glasgow – Classic Grand  [BUY TICKETS]
19 Nov 11 – Leeds – The Cockpit [BUY TICKETS]
20 Nov 11 – Cardiff – Great Hall 2 [BUY TICKETS]
21 Nov 11 – Stoke – Sugarmill  [BUY TICKETS]
23 Nov 11 – London – Islington Academy  [BUY TICKETS]
24 Nov 11 – Nottingham – Rescue Rooms  [BUY TICKETS]
25 Nov 11 – Manchester – Academy 3  [BUY TICKETS]
26 Nov 11 – Birmingham – 02 Academy 2  [BUY TICKETS]

Tickets are VERY limited and are on sale now!

Members of the band would like to remind everyone that all upcoming confirmed DIMMU BORGIR shows are posted on the band’s official websites.

Visit DIMMU BORGIR online at www.DIMMU-BORGIR.com, www.facebook.com/DIMMUBORGIR, www.myspace.com/DIMMUBORGIR, and on Twitter.

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DIMMU BORGIR ANNOUNCE VERY SPECIAL U.K. TOUR

September 2nd, 2011
Dimmu Borgir

Dimmu Borgir

Norwegian symphonic black metal band DIMMU BORGIR are pleased to announce a very special upcoming tour.

 

Having last trekked through the U.K. in 2009 with Lamb Of God and Five Finger Death Punch on Metal Hammer U.K.’s “Defenders Of The Faith” tour, DIMMU BORGIR have changed gears and will be performing in eleven small clubs from Brighton to Birmingham to provide fans with the ultimate intimate show experience.

 

There will be no support band and DIMMU will perform two sets.  The first set will be a full album in its entirety as chosen by the fans and the second set will include a variety of DIMMU classics.

 

DIMMU BORGIR guitarist Silenoz states:

 

“It feels great to finally announce more U.K. dates!  We have not only kept our promise about coming back after playing just one show on our last run, but this time around, we will also do a special 2 hour set.  You don’t want to miss this!  See you down the pit!”

U.K. fans can vote for the following three albums on DIMMU’s official Facebook page.

A) 1994’s For All Tid

B) 1996’s Stormblåst

C) 1997’s Enthrone Darkness Triumphant

 

Confirmed U.K. tour dates are as follows:

 

14 Nov 11 – Brighton – Concorde 2  [BUY TICKETS]
15 Nov 11 – Colchester – Arts Centre  [BUY TICKETS]
16 Nov 11 – Norwich – Waterfront  [BUY TICKETS]
18 Nov 11 – Glasgow – Classic Grand  [BUY TICKETS]
19 Nov 11 – Leeds – The Cockpit [BUY TICKETS]
20 Nov 11 – Cardiff – Great Hall 2 [BUY TICKETS]
21 Nov 11 – Stoke – Sugarmill  [BUY TICKETS]
23 Nov 11 – London – Islington Academy  [BUY TICKETS]
24 Nov 11 – Nottingham – Rescue Rooms  [BUY TICKETS]
25 Nov 11 – Manchester – Academy 3  [BUY TICKETS]
26 Nov 11 – Birmingham – 02 Academy 2  [BUY TICKETS]

 

Tickets are VERY limited and will go on sale Monday, September 5th.

 

Members of the band would like to remind everyone that all upcoming confirmed DIMMU BORGIR shows are posted on the band’s official websites.

 

Visit DIMMU BORGIR online at www.DIMMU-BORGIR.comwww.facebook.com/DIMMUBORGIR,www.myspace.com/DIMMUBORGIR, and on Twitter.

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DIMMU BORGIR ISSUE OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON NON-EXISTENT SEPTEMBER 11th SHOW

August 23rd, 2011

Norwegian symphonic black metal band DIMMU BORGIR would like to inform their worldwide fan base that they are NOT participating in ANY upcoming show with Six Feet Under promoted as the “Metallennium Tour.”

 

It is unsure who is responsible for promoting these shows online.  The band cautions against ANY fan purchasing tickets.

 

Members of the band would like to remind everyone that all upcoming confirmed DIMMU BORGIR shows are posted on the band’s official websites.

 

Visit DIMMU BORGIR online at www.DIMMU-BORGIR.com, www.facebook.com/DIMMUBORGIR, www.myspace.com/DIMMUBORGIR, and on Twitter.

 

 

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DIMMU BORGIR Performs With Orchestra In Oslo; Video Footage Available

May 29th, 2011
DIMMU BORGIR TO PERFORM SPECIAL NORWEGIAN SHOW WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA & CHOIR

DIMMU BORGIR TO PERFORM SPECIAL NORWEGIAN SHOW WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA & CHOIR

Yesterday, May 28, at the Oslo Spektrum in Norway, Norwegian symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR performed one very exclusive show with a special, never-to-be-repeated setlist with 53 members of KORK (the Norwegian Radio Orchestra) and 30 members of the Schola Cantorum choir, who were musical guests on the band’s ninth studio album, “Abrahadabra”. This was the group’s only confirmed worldwide appearance throughout the summer.

 

Check out fan-filmed video footage of the performance below.

 

DIMMU BORGIR’s most recent touring lineup included Geir Bratland (APOPTYGMA BERZERK, THE KOVENANT) on keyboards and Terje Andersen (a.k.a. Cyrus; SUSPERIA) on bass.

 

“Abrahadabra”, the ninth album from DIMMU BORGIR, sold 9,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 42 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band’s previous CD, “In Sorte Diaboli”, opened with 14,000 units back in May 2007 to debut at No. 43. This was more than double the 6,400 first-week tally achieved by its predecessor, “Death Cult Armageddon”, which came out in September 2003 and landed at position No. 169 on The Billboard 200 chart.

 

The word “abrahadabra” (which roughly translates into “I will create as I speak”) first publicly appeared in Chapter III of “Liber AL vel Legis” (commonly referred to as “The Book of the Law”) written by Aleister Crowley in Cairo, Egypt in 1904.

 

“Abrahadabra” was released in Germany on September 24, 2010, in the rest of Europe on September 27, 2010, and it was made available in North America on October 12, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records.

 

 

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DIMMU BORGIR: PHOTOS FROM ORCHESTRAL SHOW REHEARSALS

May 27th, 2011
DIMMU BORGIR: PHOTOS FROM ORCHESTRAL SHOW REHEARSALS

DIMMU BORGIR: PHOTOS FROM ORCHESTRAL SHOW REHEARSALS

Norway’s symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR have uploaded photos from their recent orchestral show rehearsal sessions onto their Facebook page.

This Saturday, May 28, 2011 at the Oslo Spektrum in Norway, DIMMU BORGIR will be performing one very exclusive show with a special, never-to-be-repeated set list with 53 members of KORK (the Norwegian Radio Orchestra) and 30 members of the Schola Cantorum Choir, who were musical guests on the Billboard-charting ninth studio album, ABRAHADABRA.  This is the band’s only confirmed worldwide appearance throughout the summer.

Tickets are on sale for 570 Norwegian kroner at this location.  V.I.P. tickets (which includes a Meet & Greet with the band one hour before doors, free tapas & beer and a view of the entire performance from a special riser) are SOLD OUT.  Doors are at 6:30 p.m. (18:30).  Showtime is 8 p.m. (20:00).

Featuring album artwork by Joachim Luetke, ABRAHADABRA debuted in North America at #42 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, #5 on the Top Hard Music Albums chart, and #6 on the Independent Current Albums chart.  It also debuted at #4 on the Top Rock albums and #30 Top Albums charts at iTunes (U.S.) the day of its release.  In Canada, it debuted at #4 on the Nielsen Soundscan Top Hard Albums chart.  ABRAHADABRA chart debuts in Scandinavia and Europe include: Norway – #2; Germany – #15; Sweden – #17; Ireland – #19; Austria – #20, Switzerland – #24; France – #43; Poland – #89; Finland – # 48; Belgium – #52; and Holland – #100.

View the music videos – shot by director Sandra Marschner (Marilyn Manson, Children Of Bodom, Mando Diao) for Katapult Films – for the tracks “Gateways” and “Dimmu Borgir” on the DIMMU BORGIR YouTube channel.

Download the DIMMU BORGIR app for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad here.

Visit DIMMU BORGIR online at www.DIMMU-BORGIR.com, www.myspace.com/DIMMUBORGIR, www.facebook.com/DIMMUBORGIR, and on Twitter.

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DIMMU BORGIR INAUGURATES FIRST ISSUE OF METAL HAMMER NORWAY

April 19th, 2011

Adorning the first front cover of Metal Hammer Norway are none other than the Norwegian kings of symphonic black metal DIMMU BORGIR.

 

States the magazine: “Both nationally and internationally, DIMMU have become the symbol of Norwegian metal.  We wanted to pay tribute to the band and invite them to make history with us!”
On Saturday, May 28, 2011 at the Oslo Spektrum in Norway, DIMMU BORGIR will be performing one very exclusive show with a special, never-to-be-repeated set list with 53 members of KORK (the Norwegian Radio Orchestra) and 30 members of the Schola Cantorum Choir, who were musical guests on the Billboard-charting ninth studio album, ABRAHADABRA.  This is the band’s only confirmed worldwide appearance throughout the summer.

 

About the upcoming show, DIMMU BORGIR vocalist Shagrath has stated: “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen.  DIMMU BORGIR makes it happen.  The circle will now be complete.”

 

Tickets are on sale for 570 Norwegian kroner at this location.  Only 150 V.I.P. tickets (1,500 Norwegian kroner each) are available, which includes a Meet & Greet with the band one hour before doors, free tapas & beer, and a view of the entire performance from a special riser.  Doors are at 6:30 p.m. (18:30).  Showtime is 8 p.m. (20:00).

 

Featuring album artwork by Joachim Luetke, ABRAHADABRA debuted in North America at #42 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, #5 on the Top Hard Music Albums chart, and #6 on the Independent Current Albums chart.  It also debuted at #4 on the Top Rock albums and #30 Top Albums charts at iTunes (U.S.) the day of its release.  In Canada, it debuted at #4 on the Nielsen Soundscan Top Hard Albums chart.  ABRAHADABRA chart debuts in Scandinavia and Europe include: Norway – #2; Germany – #15; Sweden – #17; Ireland – #19; Austria – #20, Switzerland – #24; France – #43; Poland – #89; Finland – # 48; Belgium – #52; and Holland – #100.

 

View the music videos – shot by director Sandra Marschner (Marilyn Manson, Children Of Bodom, Mando Diao) for Katapult Films – for the tracks “Gateways” and “Dimmu Borgir” on the DIMMU BORGIR YouTube channel.

 

Download the DIMMU BORGIR app for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad here.

 

Visit DIMMU BORGIR online at www.DIMMU-BORGIR.com, www.myspace.com/DIMMUBORGIR, www.facebook.com/DIMMUBORGIR, and on Twitter.

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DIMMU BORGIR TO PERFORM SPECIAL NORWEGIAN SHOW WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA & CHOIR

February 19th, 2011
DIMMU BORGIR TO PERFORM SPECIAL NORWEGIAN SHOW WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA & CHOIR

DIMMU BORGIR TO PERFORM SPECIAL NORWEGIAN SHOW WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA & CHOIR

Symphonic black metal band DIMMU BORGIR will be performing one very exclusive show with a special, never-to-be-repeated set list with 53 members of KORK (the Norwegian Radio Orchestra) and 30 members of the Schola Cantorum Choir, who were musical guests on the Billboard-charting ninth studio album, ABRAHADABRA.  For fans of DIMMU’s Wagnerian-inspired majesty, Saturday, May 28, 2011 at the Oslo Spektrum in Norway promises to be a momentous once-in-a-lifetime experience, as this is the band’s only confirmed worldwide appearance throughout the summer.

DIMMU BORGIR guitarist Silenoz states, “It is with great pride and a sense of fulfillment that we can finally announce this event as yet another ambition becomes reality!”  Vocalist Shagrath adds: “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen.  DIMMU BORGIR makes it happen.  The circle will now be complete.”

Tickets go on sale on Monday, February 21st for 570 Norwegian kroner at this location.  Only 150 V.I.P. tickets (1,500 Norwegian kroner each) will be available, which will include a Meet & Greet with the band one hour before doors, free tapas & beer, and a view of the entire performance from a special riser.  Doors are at 6:30 p.m. (18:30).  Showtime is 8 p.m. (20:00).

Featuring album artwork by Joachim Luetke, ABRAHADABRA debuted in North America at #42 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, #5 on the Top Hard Music Albums chart, and #6 on the Independent Current Albums chart.  It also debuted at #4 on the Top Rock albums and #30 Top Albums charts at iTunes (U.S.) the day of its release.  In Canada, it debuted at #4 on the Nielsen Soundscan Top Hard Albums chart.  ABRAHADABRA chart debuts in Scandinavia and Europe include: Norway – #2; Germany – #15; Sweden – #17; Ireland – #19; Austria – #20, Switzerland – #24; France – #43; Poland – #89; Finland – # 48; Belgium – #52; and Holland – #100.

View the music videos – shot by director Sandra Marschner (Marilyn Manson, Children Of Bodom, Mando Diao) for Katapult Films – for the tracks “Gateways” and “Dimmu Borgir” on the DIMMU BORGIR YouTube channel.

Download the DIMMU BORGIR app for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad here.

Visit DIMMU BORGIR online at www.DIMMU-BORGIR.com, www.myspace.com/DIMMUBORGIR, www.facebook.com/DIMMUBORGIR, and on Twitter.

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Best of 2010

January 3rd, 2011

Best of 2010

As always, the top albums are for releases from 2010 that are full albums (no EP’s or demos). They also have to be new studio albums for 2010, not re-recordings, re-releases, cover songs, or live material. Below the combined TOP 30 are links to each staff members personal "best of" lists which besides the top albums contains such things as best new band, best DVD/Blu-Ray, disappointments of 2010, greatest hopes for 2011, personal metal discovery of 2010, and various other metal-related categories. Enjoy!



The Top 30  Heavy Metal Albums of 2010

(Click the album cover to read our review.

If no review is available the link it to the band’s MySpace page.)

1. Accept – Blood of the Nations

ACCEPT

Wolf Hoffman’s reaction to the band’s #1 placement in our list was:

"Sensational!!! We are so happy about this reaction by the fans. This last year has been nothing short of phenomenal for Accept."

BLOOD OF THE NATIONS is a fantastic album, so fantastic that it very easily came out on top when we compiled our best of 2010 list! In the media, producer Andy Sneap said when he worked with the band he made them go back and listen to the 80’s albums, and it worked. Accept have delivered the album they needed to make. Accept reformed with a vocalist who is just as good as Udo Dirkschneider. Vocalist Mark Tornillo rages through the songs with power and charisma, without being a clone. Accept have proven to the world in 2010 they are still relevant, powerful, uncompromising and most of all entertaining. Welcome back!

2. Blind Guardian – At the Edge of Time 

Blind Guardian

Easily the best and strongest Blind Guardian album since NIGHTFALL IN MIDDLE-EARTH with a maximum of variety and everything that has turned these guys from Krefeld into what they are today: one of Germany’s most successful and influential metal bands. With AT THE EDGE OF TIME, Blind Guardian returned to the fold in total triumph. This is an album to be enjoyed for numerous repeat listens. Newer fans should eat it up, and older fans should be appeased with the band’s renewed emphasis on their thrashy roots.

3. Ratt– Infestation

Ratt

Ratt is Metal. Always have been and likely always will be. From their appearance on the very first Metal Massacre compilation in 1981 alongside the likes of Metallica, Malice, and Bitch, to the new 2010 album, Ratt have always been among the heaviest of the so-called "hair metal" bands. So despite what the revisionists may think, Ratt have a firm spot in the development and evolution of the Heavy Metal genre and have earned their spot in this year’s list. Sonically the Ratt Pack is back! The band had stated they wanted a real up-tempo record and distinctly aimed for the classic sound. They nailed it. It’s all there, the swagger and slight sneer of Pearcy voice, the fluid and fiery soloing of DeMartini’s axe-work, the complimentary work of Cavazo…it’s a beautiful thing to behold!

4. Triptykon – Eparistera Daimones

Triptykon

Thomas Gabriel Fischer (AKA Tom G. Warrior) has nothing to prove to anyone. As the principal architect behind Hellhammer and Celtic Frost, Fischer’s body of work is the reason that many bands exist today. Two years since Celtic Frost’s very public dissolution, Fischer could have easily opted to rest on his laurels and bask in the afterglow of his evil legacy, but nooooo. To the contrary, Fischer has assembled a new band and recorded an album of new material that’s arguably some of the best in his career. Triptykon is the band, EPARISTERA DAIMONES is the album, and yes – it’s as good as Fischer has promised it to be!

5. Melechesh –  The Epigenesis 

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Black/Death/Middle Eastern "Mesopotamian Metal" extremists made a big impact this year. Originally from IsraHELL and now based out of the Netherlands, the band has been around in some form since 1993. That Melechesh are able to maintain the album’s early momentum through to the record’s dying moments makes what they have achieved with THE EPIGENESIS that much more remarkable. Unlike so much of what passes for modern-day extremity, every one of this disc’s eleven tracks bristles with its own identity and design. It will demand a lot of attention – this definitely isn’t the record to whip out at your next kegger – but the rewards far outweigh the investment. Absolutely superb in every way.

6.  Helloween – 7 Sinners

Helloween

Helloween are very comfortable right now. They are back on a major label, the line-up has been stable for probably the longest stretch in the bands history, and they have fallen into a great pattern of releasing a studio album every couple of years (right around Halloween naturally). Relaxed, confident and mature the band have nothing to prove but instead of delivering a complacent record, the band have delivered the fastest, heaviest album of their career. It’s their 26th release over and 13th full-length studio album of all-new, original material. Lucky #13 for the band sees a crowning achievement with 13 killer cuts spread across the hour. Helloween have delivered a masterpiece. It will quickly silence all the fans who couldn’t stomach UNARMED from earlier this year.

7. OverKill – Ironbound

OverKill

The veteran New Jersey boys return with a compelling slab of unmistakeably old school thrash that is tinged with a fine mix of groove, progressiveness and melody that separates Overkill from the multitudes of carbon-copy thrashers out there. This is modern thrash the way it should be played: roots in the 80s but with its direction and ambition befitting a metal scene on the cusp of its 30-year anniversary. It’s a beautiful thing to behold: while most of their contemporaries have split up or sold out, Overkill are still doing their thing, updating and improving but never forgetting where they came from.

8.  Nevermore – The Obsidian Conspiracy

Nevermore

Five years – that’s how long Nevermore made us wait for a sequel to the still awe-inspiring THIS GODLESS ENDEAVOUR. By modern-day standards that’s an absolute eternity, the length of which only the likes of Slayer or Metallica could reasonably be expected to get away with. Regardless of delay, the album is a perfect example of heavy metal in its purest, most intelligent and provocative form. As always the band defies classification with elements of power, thrash, prog, blended together into a mixture that is uniquely Nevermore.

9. Sabaton – Coat of Arms

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Sweden’s war metallers, Sabaton, have been consistently moving to the forefront of the power metal movement in the last few years. COAT OF ARMS continues Sabaton’s fine tradition of power metal with bite. The band is in fine form throughout and do not disappoint. You listen to a Sabaton album for the pounding marches (“Uprising”) the fast assaults (“Midway”, “Screaming Eagles”), and the catchy hooks and choruses (every damn song!) and COAT OF ARMS has it all!

10. Halford – IV – Made of Metal

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Finally! Halford was really overdue. Despite having a skeleton of a catalog, Halford really needed to put some meat on the bones of his solo career. MADE OF METAL is really only the third studio album of all new material in over 10 years. Sure the catalog looks impressive but in reality, live albums, demo albums, EP’s, digital only live albums and novelty Christmas albums are just filler. Halford needed to deliver the goods and we’re pleased to say he is still made of Metal. The album clocks in at a whopping 14 tracks at over an hour it is his longest solo album to date.

 

Number 11 to 20

11. Crazy Lixx – New Religion

Crazy Lixx
12. Iron Maiden – The Final Frontier Iron Maiden
13. Scorpions – Sting In The Tail Scorpions
14. Immolation – Majesty and Decay Immolation
 15. Avantasia – The Wicked Symphony / Angel Of Babylon Avantasia
16. High on Fire – Snakes For The Divine High On Fire
17. Kylesa – Spiral Shadow Kylesa
18. Death Angel – Relentless Retribution Death Angel
19. Dimmu Borgir – Abrahadabra

Dimmu Borgir
20. Wuthering Heights – Salt Wuthering Heights


 

Number 21 to 30

21. Yngwie J. Malmsteen – Relentless

22. Danzig – Deth Red Sabaoth

23.
Black Label Society – Order of the Black

24. Reckless Love – Reckless Love

25. Hail Of Bullets – On Divine Winds

26. Hardcore Superstar – Split Your Lip

27. Forbidden – Omega Wave

28. Heathen – The Evolution of Chaos

29. Rage – Strings To A Web

30. Circle II Circle – Consequence of Power

 

Individual Staff Lists For 2010

Includes: top 20, best new band, best DVD, discovery of the year, greatest hopes for 2011, and disappointments of 2010.

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