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Interviews : “We have got some making up to do” – An interview with Silenoz (Dimmu Borgir)

By on October 8, 2018

Silenoz – Dimmu Borgir

After seemingly vanishing for so long it is great to be able to welcome back Dimmu Borgir with such a solid release. “It feels really great that we have something proper to show for it, and I think that’s very important when you have a longer break like we had, at least from the public eye. I mean, we have been working on this album for many years behind the scenes on and off, so from the outside it looks different from how we feel it has been. Once people get to spend time with the album, something more is going to open up sooner or later. We’re not here to convince everybody, we convinced ourselves by releasing the album.”

The Norwegian symphonic black metal natives are currently promoting their tenth studio release ‘Eonian‘, out now via Nuclear Blast Records.

The new album is a perfect blend of metal and symphonic elements, and Dimmu Borgir have not ruled out a return to the days of a live orchestra. “Even though we closed a chapter in our history with doing those two shows, and releasing it finally on DVD, it’s like bands should general never rule out anything down the road. I think what describes this band is there are no limits really, and I think if the timing is right and the setting is right then there is nothing that should be a hindrance to not looking into an option like that.”

Having not appeared in Australia since 2011, Silenoz and the other members of Dimmu Borgir are very aware they have been missed here. “We have got some making up to do I think. Of course, we jumped at the opportunity to do the Soundwave Festival because we heard a lot of good things about it. We are totally aware of our fanbase in Australia since the beginning of the band so personally really thrilled and the rest of the guys as well to come down and do some proper Australian headline shows.”

Given that is has been some time, Australian and New Zealand fans can surely expect something special from the titans of the genre. “The plan is to do some special tracks, but I don’t want to say too much. To find a setlist is a huge challenge as half of the set explains itself from the get-go, and then you have to cover some older aspects of the catalogue. I think it finding a combination of things and at the end of the day people want to see a good performance from a band that wants to be on stage. It feels great to be wanted rather than expected.”

Dimmu Borgir returns to Australia, and for the first time New Zealand on the following dates courtesy of Soundworks Direct with special guests Earth Rot:

October 14th – Auckland @ The Studio /

October 16th – Melbourne @170 Russell
October 17th – Melbourne @ 170 Russell [SOLD OUT] /

October 19th – Brisbane @ Eatons Hill /

October 21st – Sydney @ The Metro