Norwegian black metal legends Dimmu Borgir sent the below press release through their label Nuclear Blast:
Norwegian symphonic black metal giants, DIMMU BORGIR, finally emerge from the depths of darkness, to mark 2017 as the year of their monumental return.
On April 14th, they will finally release their highly-anticipated DVD Forces Of The Northern Night,containing two of the band’s live rituals: Their legendary show in Oslo, showing DIMMU BORGIR on stage with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and a bombastic choir, as well as the entire performance at Wacken Open Air 2012 with almost 100 musicians on stage. Both concerts present a spectacular sound scenario of raging black metal in front of an epic orchestral landscape and the band’s unique visuals.
This authentic combination of the beauty and the beast has long seemed like a natural evolution for fans, but much time, arrangements and commitment were necessary to put this gigantic production into reality and fill the stage with 90 minutes of mind blowing sets per night. The shows guide the fans through classics from the band’s discography – from the majestic finisher “Mourning Palace” to the stomping manifesto “Puritania” and the haunting “Gateways”… Norway’s DIMMU BORGIR know how to leave nothing behind but pure ashes.
“For us, this is the pinnacle of our career so far. As a band, we’ve always used a lot of symphonic elements in our music. But we haven’t been able to use a real orchestra live. We’ve had to use samples, synthesizers and so on, so this was a huge, awesome experience for us!”, states front man Shagrath.
On April 14th, both concert plus a bonus documentary feature will be available in many different formats that will soon be revealed.
And beware… this is not the only gem that the year 2017 holds for DIMMU BORGIR.
This is bound to be an exciting live concert release. Unlike other artists who have done concerts with orchestras such as Metallica and Kiss, the orchestration is actually a part of the original studio recordings of Dimmu Borgir’s music and not something added in for the effect of a one off concert event. What I mean by stating this is the orchestra actually fits in with Dimmu Borgir’s music as it was originally intended to be there which was not the case with Metallica or Kiss (the majority of their songs anyways). As vocalist Shagrath stated in the press release the band typically only used tracks and synthesizers for the symphonic sounds of their music, but there ain’t nothing like the real thing. The concerts in this DVD are going to sound great. This will be the next best thing to see since most of us reading this were probably not at the live show. This DVD is sure to please fans of Dimmu Borgir and all symphonic metal fans.
- Isaac Sauers
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