As BLABBERMOUTH.NET first reported on December 15, 2007, Norwegian symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR will return to North America as part of "The Invaluable Darkness Tour Part 2 – Legions Of The Chosen Few" headlining run with Poland's BEHEMOTH and fellow countrymen KEEP OF KALESSIN. The 24-show trek will launch on April 2 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and will end on May 4 in Chicago. Drummer Tony Laureano will continue to handle drum duties, as the 2007 injury suffered by Hellhammer (also of MAYHEM) still has him sidelined.
On Friday, January 18, DIMMU guitarist and founding member Silenoz will answer fan-submitted questions on Dagbladet.no at 12 noon CET (6 a.m. Eastern). Questions can be submitted here (webpage is in Norwegian).
DIMMU BORGIR with BEHEMOTH and KEEP OF KALESSIN:
Apr. 02 - Sound Academy - Toronto, ON - CANADA
Apr. 03 - Metropolis - Montreal, QC - CANADA
Apr. 04 - The Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
Apr. 07 - The Myth - Minneapolis, MN
Apr. 09 - Edmonton Events Center - Edmonton, AB - CANADA
Apr. 10 - Macewan Ballroom - Calgary, AB - CANADA
Apr. 11 - The Big Easy - Spokane, WA
Apr. 12 - Roseland Theatre - Portland, OR
Apr. 14 - The Warfield - San Francisco, CA
Apr. 16 - The Grove - Anaheim, CA
Apr. 17 - Rialto Theatre - Tucson, AZ
Apr. 18 - Sunshine Theatre - Albuquerque, NM
Apr. 19 - Ogden Theater - Denver, CO
Apr. 21 - Stubbs BBQ - Austin, TX
Apr. 22 - Cain's Ballroom - Tulsa, OK
Apr. 25 - Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ
Apr. 26 - The Palladium (New England Metal Fest) - Worcester, MA
Apr. 27 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC
Apr. 28 - The Norva - Norfolk, VA
Apr. 30 - Culture Room - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
May 01 - Jannus Landing - St. Petersburg, FL
May 02 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
May 03 - Bogarts - Cincinnati, OH
May 04 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL
DIMMU BORGIR's November 6, 2007 concert at Sentrum Scene in Oslo was filmed for an upcoming DVD release.
As previously reported, DIMMU BORGIR's latest album, "In Sorte Diaboli", has been certified gold in the band's home country of Norway for sales in excess of 15,000 copes. DIMMU BORGIR is said to be the first metal band in Norway to shift than 15,000 units of a single release.
The staff of Indie Distribution presented DIMMU BORGIR with an award to commemorate this achievement. Pictured here are: Silenoz, Galder, Tony Laureano (stand-in drummer), Thomas (Indie Dist.), Shagrath, Vortex, Hellhammer, Miss Andersen (Indie Dist.), Erik (Indie Dist.), Mustis, and Espen (Indie Dist.).
DIMMU BORGIR was honored in the "Metal" category at Alarmprisen 2007 (Alarm Awards) on October 27 at Sentrum Scene in Oslo, Norway. The group had finished performing at Nuclear Blast's 25 anniversary festival in Stuttgart, Germany and was backstage when it found out it had won the award for "In Sorte Diaboli". Also nominated in the "Metal" category were the latest releases from SATYRICON ("Now, Diabolical"), AUDREY HORNE ("Le Fol"), MAYHEM ("Ordo Ad Chao") and KEEP OF KALESSIN ("Armada").
"In Sorte Diaboli" has sold 56,000 copies in the United States since its April 2007 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Its predecessor, "Death Cult Armageddon", which came out in September 2003 and landed at position No. 169 on The Billboard 200 chart, has shifted 119,000 units in the U.S. so far.
The band has released its video for the song "The Sacrilegious Scorn". The clip, which was helmed by renowned cover artist Joachim Luetke, can be viewed at this location.
DIMMU BORGIR has been confirmed for the Bloodstock Open Air festival, set to take place August 15-17, 2008 at Catton Hall in Derbyshire England. Also scheduled to appear are the Finnish folk/pagan metal band MOONSORROW and the Finnish doomsters SWALLOW THE SUN, among others.
Anne Lindfjeld, host of the Danish edition of MTV's "Headbanger's Ball", conducted an interview with guitarist Silenoz of the Norwegian black metallers DIMMU BORGIR after the band's October 29, 2007 concert at Store Vega in Copenhagen, Denmark. Watch the seven-minute chat below.