It’s about time! Over seven years, deathlike silence has filled the halls of the world‘s biggest black metal forge, the Norwegian masters of darkness DIMMU BORGIR, whilst powers have been gathering to resurrect the band right in time for their 25th anniversary. Now they finally mark their return with a vicious work of art that can be defined as timeless in the truest sense of the word: “Eonian”.
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. The cover artwork was designed in fascinating detail by Zbigniew M. Bielak (GHOST, BEHEMOTH, MAYHEM).
This tenth full-length record will see the light of spring on May the 4th, and it will contain 10 new tracks, produced by the band itself and engineered by Jens Bogren. Emerging from the dark minds of the three songwriters, Eonian follows a philosophical concept, dealing with the illusion of time: “Time, when not approaching it from the construct we’re used to can’t be defined and thus it is illusory”, explains axemaster Silenoz. “There’s only an ‘eternal now’, which the album title is already hinting at. When we travel between the worlds seen and unseen, the perception of time ceases to exist, it has no function. Our energy is our torch and our compass when we make rifts and pierce through the veil – when we go beyond.”
Last year Silenoz spoke to Metal Shock Finland about the progress of the mixing sessions – “We’re in the middle of it at the moment, but I would say it has even more variation than any of our previous albums,” he said. “It’s more epic and symphonic, it’s more brutal, it’s more black metal, it’s more primitive. It includes everything that we are known for, and what’s even better about it is that it has just come so easy. The challenge for us is always to shave off the stuff that we think is not good enough. So coming up with material is never really any problem; it’s just to figure out which parts to use for songs. That’s the challenge — to shave off the fat.”
Vocalist Shagrath adds: “Eonia
On February 23rd, DIMMU BORGIR will unveil their first single “Interdimensional Summit”, that will be released as a 7” vinyl EP, providing a first taste of the upcoming album. Fans can pre-order “Eonian” from this location.
Meanwhile DIMMU BORGIR‘s latest DVD, “Forces Of The Northern Night”, was released on April 14 via Nuclear Blast. The set contains two of the band’s live performances: their legendary show in Oslo, presenting the band on stage with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and a bombastic choir, as well as their entire performance at Wacken Open Air festival in 2012 in Wacken, Germany with almost a hundred musicians on stage. The DIMMU BORGIR back catalogue has been recently reissued on vinyl with the following LPs are already available in the Nuclear Blast online store:
Death Cult Armageddon (2 LP black vinyl)
Death Cult Armageddon (2 LP silver – mailorder exclusive!)
For All Tid (2 LP black vinyl)
For All Tid (2 LP orange vinyl)
Enthrone Darkness Triumphant (black vinyl)