The first of four portions of the new artwork for the forthcoming DIMMU BORGIR album can be viewed below.
Joachim Luetke (ARCH ENEMY, KREATOR, SOPOR AETERNUS), German artist / painter / graphic designer who studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Austria, lends his disturbing talents to the new DIMMU BORGIR album.
When asked what he feels his approach does for DIMMU BORGIR, Luetke responds, "My artwork visualizes their music, adds another (optical) dimension to it. I don't know exactly how this works. Cannot tell what kind of interior mechanism gets triggered by their music, but it's clearly an utmost powerful one. Analyzing this means destroying it. As for our repeated collaborations, well, that's probably because we share the similar philosophy at eye level."
Luetke's artwork and layout art also graces two other DIMMU BORGIR albums: 2003's "Death Cult Armageddon", which has sold 130,000 copies in the U.S. (according to Nielsen SoundScan) and debuted at No. 7 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart, No. 10 on the Top Independent Albums chart, and No. 170 on The Billboard 200 chart; and 2007's "In Sorte Diaboli", which has sold over 75,000 copies in the U.S. (according to Nielsen SoundScan) and debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart and at No. 43 on The Billboard 200 chart.
In early June, DIMMU BORGIR proudly announced their collaboration with Norwegian composer and Berklee College of Music summa cum laude alumnus Gaute Storaas in addition to the 51 members of KORK (the Norwegian Radio Orchestra) and the 38-member Schola Cantorum Choir for their new release. To date, over 101 musicians have contributed to the making of the new album.
Composer Gaute Storaas has said of DIMMU BORGIR: "Their music is epic, thematic and symphonic already from the creation; they are clearly having an orchestral approach to composing."
DIMMU BORGIR's ninth studio album will be released in Germany on September 24, in the rest of Europe on September 27, and in North America on October 12 via Nuclear Blast Records.