Dimmu Borgir: New Album 'Will Sound Absolutely Massive And Heavy, Dark And Epic!'

Norwegian symphonic black metallers Dimmu Borgir have issued a new update.

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Norwegian symphonic black metallers Dimmu Borgir have issued the following update:

"We're more than halfway into [the songwriting process for Dimmu Borgir's new album] at this point and to say we're excited about this material would be an understatement! There will be an orchestra and a choir which we still have to pick out, but judging from what we have so far and what is brewing, it's going to sound absolutely massive and heavy, dark and epic!"

The remaining members of Dimmu Borgir issued a statement on August 31 confirming keyboardist Mustis' (real name: yvind Mustaparta) and bassist/clean vocalist ICS Vortex's (real name: Simen Hestns) departures from the group. The statement also downplayed the impact the lineup changes will have on the sound of Dimmu Borgir next album, insisting that "the creative force in the band is highly intact, perhaps even more so than ever."

Mustis issued a statement on 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)."

Last year's "Blackest Of The Black" tour with Danzig helped support Dimmu's latest DVD titled "The Invaluable Darkness", which debuted at No. 5 on the Top Music Videos chart in mid-October. It was also the band's last North American tour promoting their eighth studio album, "In Sorte Diaboli", which debuted on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart at No. 2, and on The Billboard 200 chart at No. 43.

Thanks for the report to Blabbermouth.net.

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    Sounds cool... I hope that the new album will be MUCH better than In Sorte Diaboli . Well, the three last albums have been all quite boring, with only a few great songs on each of them, and all the other being average... I hope they still sounded like they did in the first two albums, which are among the best albums ever released... Also, First!!
    I hope the new album will be at least as great as the previous ones, and even better ! ...it's just gonna be strange without Vortex's clean vocals...can't wait for it anyway !
    These guys seem like they're super egotistical nowadays. I hope the new albums good, but I have hard time really forcing myself to care about these dudes anymore.
    Macabre Lullaby
    So what I'm being told here is that the new album's supposed to sound like exactly what I thought the new album would sound like... Good to know.
    The good thing about this will be that MAYBE arcturus returns by the hand of vortex, and mustis could enter a band, or make a symphonic solo record. And after ISD and this firing thing, I can't see Dimmu like I saw them before, but well, if they put out a good album I'll buy it for sure.
    I'm still excited for this record. I think the band can totally write sweet shit regardless. It's going to sound amazing. Galder and Silenoz are going to own this record
    Only a few lines worth of real news here. Anyway, I hope they will change course from what they did with In Sorte Diaboli. I'd like them to do something along the lines of Spiritual Black Dimensions, Puritanical and Death Cult Armageddon. Ah well, I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
    Angel Of Sin
    Well I am eager to hear the new album, fingers crossed it sounds something like Enthrone Darkness Triumphant or earlier
    Dimmu will always be awesome. No matter what. Hopefully this album is more like Purintanical Euphoric Misanthropia or Enthrone Darkness Triumphment. Im still excited for their new album though. Amon Amarth needs to come out with a new album too.