Silenoz and Galder of Norway's DIMMU BORGIR have worked with ESP Guitars to create the latest additions to the company's LTD Signature Series line: the LTD Okkultist and the LTD Shadow.
Silenoz comments on his signature LTD Okkultist: "We've both had our customs for almost two years now. We've played them on the last couple of tours and they're fucking awesome. They can withstand the amount of rape the road give them as well, which, of course, is a very important thing! The locations of the inlay, pick-ups, volume knobs and toggle switches, they were to our exact specifications. And I mean exact in every sense of the word. That's why it was a pleasure to finally play it once it was done… realizing it was exactly what I had asked for and imagined it to be like. The playability, the shape and look, not to mention the sound and response/attack it gives with those bad ass pick-ups and it being a string-through body guitar! My model has a mahogany body, maple neck with an ebony fingerboard, 42 mm standard nut, thin U neck contour, 22 XJ frets, black nickel hardware, ESP locking tuners, Tonepros locking TOM, Seymour Duncan Metal AHB-2 (B) / AHB-1 (N) active pick-ups, and a metallic, deep red burgundy finish. People will know the presence of this monster. Once they try it, it'll be self explanatory. It's the arsenal from the abyss!"
Galder states about his LTD Shadow: "When we decided to [work with ESP], it all went pretty fast and it all happened within a few months. I have different ideas for guitars, so at the end of the day, I had to decide which direction to take spec- and finish-wise, so I got all I wanted. I have a mahogany body and a maple neck with ebony fingerboards. At first I wanted to go crazy with the design, but at the last moment [I] decided to calm it down a bit. I'm very happy about the way it turned out. It's a proper metal guitar!"
The Okkultist and Shadow signature guitars can be viewed below. Both guitars were played during the filming of the band's latest DVD, "The Invaluable Darkness".