Launching an omnious campaign for "In Sorte Diaboli" — their first studio album in four years scheduled for North American release on April 24 — Norwegian melodic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR have announced their headlining return to the western hemisphere. Beginning on Friday, April 20 in Cleveland, Ohio and supported by UNEARTH from Massachusetts, California's DEVILDRIVER, and Canada's KATAKLYSM, DIMMU BORGIR's foreboding Wagnerian majesty will be unleashed in all major cities in the U.S. and Canada. Additional dates will be announced.
Songwriter/guitarist Silenoz writes in from Norway to comment on the tour: "It's been too long... The wait is over — FINALLY! It is with great anticipation we look forward to start, for once, a world tour on North American soil! We're excited to have UNEARTH, DEVILDRIVER and KATAKLYSM on this diabolic ride and can't wait to meet all our loyal fans and friends old and new once again. Come join us in The Invaluable Darkness!"
Teaming up once again with producer Fredrik Nordström (OPETH, ARCH ENEMY, AT THE GATES) at the new Studio Fredman in Hyssna, Sweden, "In Sorte Diaboli" is DIMMU BORGIR's first concept album and a treatise on modern-day political and social abuses of organized religion. An epic tale set in medieval Europe, this first-person account of an acolyte is told through his own journal entries, depicting his personal struggle with the teachings of the church. Experiencing a life-altering epiphany, he abandons the church completely, and his spiritual victory is won through his rejection of the concept of god.
"In Sorte Diaboli" will be available in North America in two different formats: a jewel-case CD and a limited edition digipak (+ bonus track, + bonus DVD with the Patric Ullaeus-directed video for "The Serpentine Offering", + "The Making Of In Sorte Diaboli" in-studio/behind the scenes footage). The complete track listing is as follows:
01. The Serpentine Offering
02. The Chosen Legacy
03. The Conspiracy Unfolds
04. The Sacrilegious Scorn
05. The Fallen Rises
06. The Heretic Hammer (exclusive North American bonus track)
07. The Sinister Awakening
08. The Fundamental Alienation
09. The Invaluable Darkness
10. The Foreshadowing Furnace
An instrumental version of "The Heretic Hammer" will be available on iTunes.com as an additional North American exclusive.
The band's recording and current touring line-up includes Shagrath on vocals, Silenoz on guitar, Galder on guitar, I.C.S. Vortex on bass and clean vocals, Mustis on keyboards, and Hellhammer behind the drum kit.
Earning exponential support from both the metal and mainstream press throughout the years, DIMMU BORGIR's 2003 release, "Death Cult Armageddon", landed on Billboard's Top 200 Albums and Heatseekers charts and has SoundScanned over 100,000 copies in the U.S.
Artwork for "In Sorte Diaboli" can be viewed tonight at 12 midnight PST / 3 a.m. EST (February 15) / 9 a.m. Central European Time (February 15) on the official DIMMU BORGIR News Page.
DIMMU BORGIR with UNEARTH, DEVILDRIVER, and KATAKLYSM:
Apr. 20 - Agora Theatre - Cleveland, OH
Apr. 21 - Harpo's Concert Theatre - Detroit, MI
Apr. 22 - Kool Haus - Toronto, ON - CANADA
Apr. 23 - Metropolis - Montreal, QC - CANADA
Apr. 24 - Theatre Capitole - Quebec City, QC
Apr. 26 - Nokia Theatre - New York, NY
Apr. 27 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA (New England Hardcore & Metal Festival)
Apr. 28 - Electric Factory - Philadelphia, PA
Apr. 29 - Sonar - Baltimore, MD
Apr. 30 - Amos' Southend - Charlotte, NC
May 02 - House Of Blues - Chicago, IL
May 04 - Myth - Minneapolis, MN
May 05 - Burton Cummings Theatre - Winnipeg, MB - CANADA
May 07 - MacEwan Hall - Calgary, AB - CANADA
May 08 - Edmonton Events Centre - Edmonton, AB - CANADA
May 10 - The Fenix (formerly The Premier) - Seattle, WA
May 11 - Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, B.C.
May 12 - Roseland Theatre - Portland, OR
May 13 - The Warfield - San Francisco, CA
May 15 - The Great Salt Air Pavilion - Magna, UT
May 16 - House Of Blues - Las Vegas, NV
May 17 - Wiltern Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
May 18 - Marquee Theatre - Tempe, AZ
May 19 - SOMA - San Diego, CA
May 21 - The Fillmore Auditorium - Denver, CO
May 22 - The Beaumont Club - Kansas City, KS
May 23 - Pop's - Sauget, IL 05/25 - House Of Blues - Dallas, TX
May 26 - Club V - Houston, TX
May 27 - Graham Central Station - San Antonio, TX
May 29 - Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA
May 30 - House Of Blues - Lake Buena Vista, FL
Advanced tickets for the upcoming DIMMU BORGIR North American tour are available here. Fans are encouraged to register themselves to purchase pre-sale tickets with reduced ticket fees, receive news alerts, and participate in special promotions throughout the year.