On May 4th, symphonic black metal masters, DIMMU BORGIR, will deliver their new full-length album in almost 8 years. Today, singer Shagrath and guitarist Silenoz discuss the writing process of their upcoming full-length release Eonian.
"Combining orchestral elements with thrash metal riffs or black metal riffs can be quite challenging," Shagrath states. "But that's how we like to make music, to mix unexpected elements - it's almost like mixing water with oil: Everyone knows that this doesn't really work, but we MAKE it work!"
Watch the first album trailer here:
Last week, the Norwegians have unveiled their second single, the experimental and folkloristic "Council Of Wolves And Snakes", which shows a completely different side of DIMMU BORGIR. In case you missed it, check it out here:
The music video of "Interdimensional Summit" is also available:
Pre-order the album as digipak, 180g double vinyl, box set or digitally, here: nblast.de/DimmuBorgirEonian
So far, DIMMU BORGIR have announced the following festival shows and American and Russian headline dates - more tour dates will be confirmed soon, so don't miss the symphonic black metal titans when they finally return to the stage:
14. - 16.06. CDN Montebello, QC - Rockfest
23.06. F Clisson - Hellfest
06.07. E Barcelona - Rock Fest
02. - 04.08. D Wacken - Wacken Open Air
11.08. B Kortrijk - Alcatraz Metal Festival
16. - 18.08. N Horten - Midgardsblot Metalfestival
17. - 19.08. USA Las Vegas, NV - Psycho Las Vegas
19.08. USA Las Vegas, NV - The Joint
21.08. USA Chicago, IL - The Vic Theatre
23.08. CDN Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
25.08. USA New York, NY - Playstation Theater
18.09. RUS St. Petersburg - Kosmonavt
20.09. RUS Moscow - Glavclub
Being one of the successful extreme metal forges on the planet, DIMMU BORGIR have been dominating the symphonic black metal genre for 25 years. The songwriting core of DIMMU BORGIR furthermore consists of charismatic vocalist Shagrath, as well as the string wizards Silenoz and Galder, but other familiar faces also emerge from the darkness: Drummer Daray and keyboarder Gerlioz are still part of the team, and Gaute Storaas helped with the choral arrangements for the majestic voices of the Schola Cantrum Choir. As the title Eonian indicates, the band's 10th full-length release is dealing with the illusion of time and marks a tribute to both the band's own past as well as the Norwegian black metal history.