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.