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Post  Prowler on Mon Aug 31, 2009 6:42 pm

Monday, August 31, 2009

DIMMU BORGIR Confirms Split With MUSTIS, VORTEX
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Norwegian symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR have released the following statement:

"We regret to inform you that we have parted ways with both Vortex [bass, clean vocals] and Mustis [keyboards]. However, we do want to make it perfectly clear that the creative force in the band is highly intact, perhaps even more so than ever. With that being said, we're currently working on our next album and are excited to start a new chapter in the legacy that is DIMMU BORGIR."

Mustis (real name: Øyvind Mustaparta) issued a statement on Sunday, August 30 claiming that his dismissal from DIMMU BORGIR was caused by his efforts to "address the fact that many songs written by me had not been registered properly under my name in their credits. Without naming every single track, let us just say that a good majority of albums like 'Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia' and 'In Sorte Diaobli' would have been vastly different had I not composed and created as much as I actually did," he said. "Sadly, based on terrible gaps in the communication process and a failure to find logical rationale for why this had been done this way found me hitting wall after wall as opposed to finding a professional and reasonable solution to the problem. My inquiries and investigation into the issues which I wished to resolve and move on from would in the end find me being fired from the group. No discussions about it, just 'goodbye' (via text message)."

ICS Vortex (real name: Simen Hestnæs) has yet to comment on his departure from DIMMU BORGIR.

Update: Here is the statement from Vortex:

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

I.C.S. Vortex Dimmu Borgir Statement




I've really enjoyed the ride, the Dimmu years have been awesome.
I look forward to concentrating fully on my own project now, and
the opening possibility to resurrect a band or three.

A special thanks to all the crazy and lovely people I have met on
the road with Dimmu over the years, for the support from so many of
you, and for the continuing interest in my musical projects.

I will always treasure the albums and the brotherhood as it was
before the cabin-fever,music industry and greed went Metallica on
our asses.

My support goes to Mustis, the true creative force in Dimmu for the
last ten years,and his rightful legal chase.


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DIMMU BORGIR ISSUE BAND STATEMENT REGARDING RECENT MEMBER FIRINGS

Post  Prowler on Wed Sep 02, 2009 6:24 pm

September 2, 2009 - Wednesday

DIMMU BORGIR ISSUE BAND STATEMENT REGARDING RECENT MEMBER FIRINGS
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Norwegian symphonic black metal band DIMMU BORGIR have issued the following statement regarding the recent band member firings:



Man, what a shit storm response!

Too bad all the shit is thrown in the wrong direction.

Oh well, what else could we expect? We don’t blame you as you still haven’t heard the other side, the band’s side. We have put up with unprofessionalism and bad live performances for years. This couldn’t be ignored anymore as we firmly believe the fans deserve the best on both records and shows.



First of all, a big thank you to those who still have their own mind intact and believe in the music of the band and not only judge by what is falsely accused in statements posted online by recently fired members based on their ignorance, bitterness and greed. A quite normal human response when being disappointed but we hope you kept in mind the saying that goes: “Those who scream the loudest have the most to hide…”



but:



“Only when we’re calm we’ll be able to listen.”



We have a feeling, judging from some of you and your “jump to conclusion”- type of comments and responses, that some of the reasons that are about to be explained might as well end up as too much for you band member ‘fans’ to grasp the magnitude of, or to handle. We’ll give it a try. The true fans of the band and its music already have shown their support and understanding without us having to explain it to them in detail. But for the rest, anyways, here goes:



Let us give you a few things to chew on - perhaps especially to those of you that have already taken sides. Some of it concerns both Vortex and Mustis collectively; some of it is separately based issues. And yes, it might come as a surprise to some of you but they were fired with a reason.

To make it seem less of a soap opera and less embarrassing, if this is even possible at this point, for those it concerns, we’ll keep things simple and straight-to-the-point. On a side note and in comparison, just keep in mind that people have been fired for way less in this and other bands before. So for those of you who think we didn’t try and make this work and did this out of anything else but what we thought was best for the band, please think again and consider the following written words below carefully.



At the same time, as we hate to ruin the idea of how some of you guys perceive this band and its members both in a positive and negative way, those of you who care deserve to hear the truth and here are a few excerpts, out of many, we might add.



Let’s put things in perspective for a second: For someone to be in a band, on any level, first there’s got to be commitment and dedication, a drive and urge to do what you do, whether you’re part of the song writing process, planning the touring part, business part, the administrative part or simply just the performing part – doesn’t matter which one you’re mostly involved in. However, you need to be involved in some of it to a certain extent to be considered and treated as a member and you have to show some sort of level when it comes to responsibility, not only for yourself but for others around you as well.

Over the course of 10 years period, there’s also something you either develop the comprehension of or you don’t (most develop this basic approach way sooner), called ‘understanding of how things are run.’ We know it sounds blunt, but it’s important that this is being enforced on behalf of everyone involved within a band and its working partners. After time, you’ve got to know and accept your place and what role you have taken and your ability therein; the sooner you do this, the better. Remember, you still - at the same time - have to continue to earn your place and work for it, respect it and nurture it like a child, even after years of success. It doesn’t come for free, it doesn’t stay for free and it doesn’t leave for free either. We’re all replaceable.

Are you part of a band for the right reasons? And do you really want this? What are your thoughts on the aspect of being away from home over shorter and longer periods of time performing for your fans? Are you aware of the sacrifice you have to still do after all these years to be able to continue this and are you aware of the workload and the sacrifice not only theother members have done and still do, but also people working with the band in other areas have done over the years, while you haven’t? You need to do your part, or at least do an attempt to be given a fair chance of survival, even if it’s not as much. Certain simple basic things, which are spawned out of common sense, those are the things we expect from you. That’s if you want to be looked at as a member of a music group and be taken seriously. The things mentioned above are all obvious factors and basic principles you need to be square on and aware about; if not, you’re wasting yours and other people’s valuable time.



Further down is a couple of things Vortex and Mustis simply “forgot” to mention in their previous statements respectively. Also the fact that Mustis’ statement(s) not being written by himself but by someone else means it is false accusations and have been registered as such by our lawyers.



Lesson number one, the obvious one: Don’t forget to bring your instrument when you’re about to play a festival in which you’re going to perform in front of thousands of fans that have travelled far and paid money to see you play. Maybe you haven’t been into it so much the last couple of years and it’s - on top of that - an early flight; you feel things are a bit tedious – no worries, we all experience this from time to time but we know the deal by now after so long, and so many years. Or, so we thought.

But, we shouldn’t have to remind you to bring your own instrument to a gig. For that there’s no excuse, neither will we accept one.

Lesson number two, a less obvious one and can easily be forgotten while under the influence but still: Don’t hurt yourself in an alcoholic rage smashing a glass to your forehead putting yourself, your band “mates”, crew, not to mention the show(s), in jeopardy. Remember, the money you care so much about getting, compared to the minimal of effort you put in won’t be paid out to you or anyone else in the band if the show(s) doesn’t happen. You have responsibility. We suspect this weren’t part of your calculation, obviously none of us are perfect but as a grown up person, we expect more.

Luckily for you, the make up covers the cut from the smashed glass on your forehead onstage. You did manage to get away with general bullshit, classical cocky rock star attitude and carelessness – this time too. You wouldn’t get away with it at home around your family so what makes you think it’s fine to behave like an asshole around your band members, your family away from home? On-stage equals posing, off-stage it’s a no-no.

But, contrary to other times in the past, there simply won’t be another chance and you know so goddamn well why you’re not given yet another. Suddenly, we’re the bad guys because you expected another shot out of mere habit, just because we were too nice in the past to grant you another one and another one. Your stage sound and set-up we won’t bother to address anymore. Your stage performance lately we won’t bother to mention either. You know why you’re not part of this band anymore, don’t make excuses and make it look like it’s someone else’s fault when you very well know it was you alone who put you where you are right now.



Now, auctioning off your band’s most recent album on eBay, only signed by yourself, can’t be looked upon in any other ways as pure greed, not to mention mockery, towards the rest of the members of the band that you’re still in, AND the fans. Attempting to sell a CD of the last album (which you can still get hold of in shops) with only your signature on it for the highest bid is a remarkably low act.

Instead of getting hold of some work to do, if money is what you so desperately seem to be needing (while you actually maybe rather should be considering working on ideas for a new album if you’re so concerned about being credited correctly), you rather believe the easiest and fastest way to money must simply be to start a blackmailing procedure against the other members in the band holding important files as ransom - files that are the band’s property which we need for future projects that would bring you money later eventually, in one way or another. Now it won’t. Not a very smart and thought out thing to do. Not to mention the fans now have to wait for these special releases because your ego for some odd reason is hurt and in total control.

These files, which we handed over to you in good trust over a year ago as a band member and what we’d consider a brother despite your lazy ass, not surprisingly you haven’t even touched it as part as bonus features special of a re-release campaign including certain albums.

Instead, you threaten to sue your fellow band members for neglect and not treating you right monetary wise. Isn’t it typical? You both want to harvest the fruits, but putting labour into it yourself is not so important. See how long that’ll last in real life. Ironically, it lasted this long with the band, finally now that time is over.



This shouldn’t be acceptable. So what do we do? We don’t accept it. After all these years wiping people’s asses and feeding their mouths, we’re forced to take on another strict angle, like you do with kids when nothing else works. To be forced to almost constantly spend energy on dragging someone to practice for instance and be part of a unit – a force, is tedious for the rest of us. Always an excuse not to do what’s expected of you.



To the best of our efforts, we’ve tried to explain over and over, again and again how the business side of things work, but when ignorance is bliss and the people it concerns fail to even meet at band business meetings, later not understanding and realizing because of the obvious fact that they weren’t present, the deal is then suddenly we’re “hiding something” and “I must get ripped off, there’s no other logical explanation!”

Sounds familiar to some of you readers?

But on the contrary, we’ve not been afraid of encouraging the use and exploration of talents of other members elsewhere while still being in the band. We have even handed over major projects on a silver plate but to not even bother replying to such offers speaks volumes. We can’t do that job for you too. What about the talk of a certain ‘solo’ project for the last 10 years? Where is it? Talk, that’s what it is. Talk and no action.



Still complaining, not trusting your partners for the last 10 years when receiving a pay check, worth way beyond your song “writing” ability and what you’re already credited for is fair in your eyes. It’s amusing and at the same time sad to see how little reflective and humble grown people can be sometimes; or in this particular case, most of the time.

Stop acting like composers and song writers until you have written and released something on your own that’s worthwhile and we’ll see how well you do. To quote Vortex in his very own statement; “I have really enjoyed the ride!” Sure you have, it’s been for free! Either because of lack of interest, dedication, understanding and capability or all of those.

So a word of advice: For those of you who’d wish and would want to work with either of these guys in the future, please be prepared to discuss business first since the art of music comes secondary.



We believe there’s no need to go into further details; it’ll be highly embarrassing. It already is for the rest of us and most sane people get the point by now. If you feel you haven’t been appreciated, this goes for both, then why did you accept the large sums of money all these years that has been handed out to you? It was convenient, wasn’t it?

For how much longer should we accept a service on stage that has slowly deteriorated over the last few years which we know other bands wouldn’t tolerate, seeing as your performance simply wasn’t good enough and your self critical view was like zero. Explain that.

But you wanted the cash, pretty typical. Give someone something even if they don’t deserve it just to keep everyone happy and they want more of it. Don’t take credit for something you haven’t written. If you knew how to arrange and write a song, you would have already, just like the rest of us. But no, your lazy ass is too ‘busy’ complaining about not getting what is “rightfully” and “legally” yours.



Funny then, how the new album is halfway finished written already by the rest of us without any of these guys’ input, still having all those elements we’re known for. Even having obligations and work with other bands simultaneously on the side.



But those who still believe in the band and its music, and not in recently fired members’ bitterness, greed and fear of what’s around the corner, will understand this when the next opus is out. We could write a book about previous members’ and their separate reasons why they’re not in the band anymore, but we believe you don’t want to hear most of it by now.



This wasn’t an issue of the typical “musical differences” bullshit statement either. Other bands cover up their shit with that worn out excuse, but musical differences is exactly what makes this band sounding unique. Sadly, some of the members lost the focus along the way; some people close to the band will say they did that a long time ago, and for that there was simply nothing we could do anymore. We can’t force people to do something they obviously don’t want or care about. We tried - but they didn’t. Our patience and goodwill is not everlasting. So for those of you who still think we owe them more than a phone call or an e-mail letting them know their “services” are no longer wanted and needed, think again. We just had enough and for that we’re not sorry. We’re only sorry it didn’t work out in the end.



And to those who think greed played a part in this, so absolutely, and now you know whose careers are run by it and whose isn’t.



See you soon,

Galder, Shagrath & Silenoz

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Re: DIMMU BORGIR Confirms Split With MUSTIS, VORTEX

Post  EvilJr on Wed Sep 02, 2009 11:19 pm

hearing this I fully agree in what they did. At least vortex was a good sport, but mustis acted like a 4 year old....

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Post  Prowler on Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:07 pm

Guitarist Silenoz of Norwegian black metallers DIMMU BORGIR recently spoke to U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the band's follow-up to 2007's In Sorte Diaboli.

"The words that come to mind, if we should even try and attempt at describing [the new material] at this point, would be something like: grand, huge, epic and primal," he said. "It has this eerie and haunting feel to it. Atmosphere and ambience!

He continued, "It's hard to say anything distinct or speak objectively about the new material when you're in the middle of the writing process — we're too close to it at this stage — but we'd be lying if we said it's not good. We're very confident in the new material and we believe it'll raise a few eyebrows. We might even have to trim our own!"

Regarding why the wait between albums seems to be getting longer for DIMMU BORGIR, Silenoz said, "Because we want the next album to be a better and stronger one. We're more critical of each process and we take the time it needs. Quality is, at the end of the day, in the eye of the beholder, but once we start rushing things, like trying to write music while on tour to speed things up — forget about it. We've tried it before and it didn't work. We focus 110 percent on one thing at a time. Plus, if we'd release an album every year, where would the expectation be? Where would the excitement be?"

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New Album Details!

Post  Prowler on Wed Jun 02, 2010 7:13 pm


DIMMU BORGIR OFFER NEW ALBUM DETAILS

Norwegian symphonic black metal band DIMMU BORGIR proudly announce their collaboration with Norwegian composer and Berklee College of Music summa cum laude alumnus Gaute Storaas in addition to the 51 members of KORK (the Norwegian Radio Orchestra) and the 38-member Schola Cantorum Choir for their as-yet-untitled new album.

To date, over 101 musicians have lent their talents to the making of the album.

Composer Gaute Storaas shares some insight on what it’s like to work with DIMMU BORGIR:

“There have been several attempts of dressing up rock bands in suits, bow ties, and symphonic splendor - to various degrees of success. Working with DIMMU BORGIR is quite different. Their music is epic, thematic and symphonic already from the creation; they are clearly having an orchestral approach to composing. My role in this is sometimes just to transcribe their themes, sometimes to take their ideas, tear them apart and build them back up in ways that are true to the band's intentions. The music must also be both interesting and playable for the musicians, and hopefully, meet the quality standards of the orchestral world.”

DIMMU BORGIR’s ninth studio album will be released in Germany on October 8th, in the rest of Europe on October 11th, and in North America on October 12th.



Follow the progress of the new DIMMU BORGIR album online at www.DIMMU-BORGIR.com and www.myspace.com/DIMMUBORGIR.

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New Album Details!

Post  Prowler on Fri Jul 09, 2010 6:38 pm



The artwork created for the new DIMMU BORGIR album Abrahadabra by German artist / painter / graphic designer Joachim Luetke (Arch Enemy, Kreator, Sopor Aeternus) has been uploaded to the band’s MySpace page.

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.

DIMMU BORGIR singer/songwriter Shagrath shares the following about the new album:

“After eleven months of total focus, dedication and professional team work, Darkness has been reborn. Some people have expressed their concern about the future of the band since the departure of some members of the clan. Let me assure you that things happen for a reason. The black flame burns brighter than ever before. With the mixture of our different musical preferences and the personalities involved, I will dare to say we have created a BEAST, the most detailed work to date out of our 17 years of existence. I know it’s too much of a cliché to brag when you have a done a new album, but to put it short and simple, it’s a fist in the face to all the doubters out there. Forward – Onward - March... ENTER THE SUPREME UNKNOWN.”

For the second time in the band’s career (i.e. 1996’s Stormblåst), a one-word album title breaks the tradition of a three-word album title for a new studio release dating back to DIMMU BORGIR’s 1994’s debut, For All Tid.

Guitarist/songwriter Silenoz has this to say on the topic:

"We knew there would be some big changes with this album in more than one way and since we've had the three word title tradition for many years now, we thought it'd make a lot of sense for us to move on from that. It has served its purpose. We are a band that's all about change and moving forward. An album title consisting of one word goes hand-in-hand with the new material - it describes both the musical and lyrical content in a more imaginary way, not to mention the unity and the everlasting flame which is DIMMU BORGIR. Expect the unexpected!"

When asked about the central figure in the artwork and who/what he’s supposed to represent, artist Joachim Luetke responds:

“I think that’s obvious. Since the whole ‘setting’ is located in an icy, bleak, winter-y, post-industrial era, we’re pretty close to H.P. Lovecraft’s nameless elder gods. They’re represented by the mask’s tentacles. In short: the mask/face personifies dominion of powers far beyond mankind. The nameless gods witnessed the birth of our universe and they’ll watch it implode. To them, the age of mankind is but a blink of an eye.”

Abrahadabra will be released in Germany on September 24th, in the rest of Europe on September 27th, and in North America on October 12th.

Read more: http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=10834495&blogId=536908777#ixzz0tEA28zyE



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Post  EvilJr on Fri Jul 09, 2010 8:20 pm

Can't wait Very Happy

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