DIMMU BORGIR’s SILENOZ Shares Opinion On Censorship: “Everybody Should Be Able To Say What They Want”

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In a recent interview with Finland’s Chaoszine, Dimmu Borgir‘s guitarist, Sven Atle Kopperud (known as Silenoz) shared his thoughts on artists delving into the realm of politics. The guitarist emphasized a balanced perspective, acknowledging that while artists shouldn’t overemphasize politics, they shouldn’t shy away from expressing their views either. Silenoz argued that the creative essence of musicians and artists should not be stifled by fears of backlash.

“I don’t think maybe artists should focus too much on politics, but at the same time, people shouldn’t, or artists shouldn’t be afraid to speak their minds either, because that’s the good thing about musicians and whatever other artists there are — they’re creative beings. I read someone that if you’re eligible to vote, then why shouldn’t you be able to speak your opinion about stuff?” Silenoz said.

Expressing his stance against censorship, Silenoz defended the right of individuals, especially artists, to voice their opinions freely. According to Silenoz, the responsibility lies with the offended party, emphasizing the power of choice in being offended or not.

“I’m totally against any type of censorship or anything like that bullshit. I think people should be allowed to say whatever they want. It’s like when you do physical harm and stuff, that’s a totally different ballgame. But everybody should be able to say what they want. And if people are offended, then it’s the problem of the people that is getting offended. You have the choice if you want to be offended or not, in my eyes.”

Dimmu Borgir just-released album of covers, “Inspiratio Profanus”, is a retrospective look back, celebrating the band’s 30th anniversary and the seminal artists that left a defining imprint on their sound. Order it HERE.


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