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This interview with Silenoz of Dimmu Borgir was done through e-mail in February 2001. The questions were originally asked to Shagrath but since the band did more than 200 interviews he didn´t have the time to answer them.

You have now finished recording your new album called "Puritanal Euphoric Misanthropia", due out on March 12th. Could you tell us a little about it? Will it be different from the previous albums?
The album sounds overall a lot more intense and updated. It has more punch in the production and the songs are a lot better arranged this time! A modern sounding Black Metal album!

There has been a number of line-up changes going on since your last album. Has this affected you in any way as a band?
Positively I’d say, although it’s fucking frustrating to change members all the time, but you do what you have to do to keep the band on a professional level. Line-up changes is Dimmu’s curse.

Dimmu Borgir has become one of the most successful black metal bands in the world and have even been nominated for a Norwegian grammy. What do you think makes you so different from most other bands?
The variety in our music and the fact that we do our own thing, we’re ambitious and determined and we don’t follow any “black metal-rulebook” which some other bands seem to do.

I know that at least a couple of the current Dimmu Borgir members also have other bands or projects. Could you tell us a little about those bands?
Galder have Old Man’s Child still, but more on a studio-based level, Nick plays drums in Lock Up when he’s not occupied with Dimmu.

Your first EP was released on Necromantic Gallery Productions in 1994 and your first album on No Colour Records same year. Could you tell us a little about these labels since they are virtually unknown to most people?
Not much to tell really, Necromantic didn’t last long I think, and No Colors is still an underground label, releasing obscure projects with more or less uninteresting and unreliable quality.

After a couple of label changes you have now found a label that you are happy with in Nuclear Blast, how are things different with them?
Well, first of all they’re really professional and they have extremely good promotion and distribution, still being an independent label. I guess they’re the biggest metal company right now.

Before you started Dimmu Borgir you were in another black metal band called Fimbulwinter that broke up in 1992. Could you tell us a little about this band? Do you know what the other two members Necronos and Skoll has been doing since then?
I don’t know what Necronos is doing at the moment, I think Skoll still plays with Arcturus.

You have also been involved in two other bands called Ragnarøk and Starkness. Could you tell us a little about those bands and your time with them? Have you been in any other bands besides these three mentioned + Dimmu Borgir?
Shagrath was at some point a part of Ulver as well, and he had a band together with Aldrahn many years ago called Hærferd. I used to play with a death metal band called Malefic from ’90 to ’92.

Brynjard Tristan was the original bass player of Dimmu Borgir. When and why did he leave the band? Do you know what he has been doing since then?
He’s playing with a doom band now, together with Blasphemer and the vocalist of Spiral Architect. I guess he kind of got fired due to lack of enthusiasm and dedication.

You have been with Dimmu Borgir all the way from the start back in 1993 I think. You must be very happy with the way things have turned out over the years. Has there been times when you just wanted to let things go or has it always been great fun?
It has been times when you have been extremely frustrated, but in the end there is no such thing as call it the quits, after all this is my call, and I’d be a fool to mess with it. The success we’ve gained the last couple of years has been a great experience, learning from both positve and negative sides.

What do you think of the future of black metal? Are there any new bands that you think deserve more attention?
I’d recommend Thorns to those who already don’t know this unique band, their album should be out now!

As I have read you were once involved with a label called Hot Records. Could you tell us a little about it, does it still exist?
Hot Records is only a record shop again nowadays, we released Devil’s Path on Hot in ’96, and later the guy sold it to Hammerheart. He still owes us money, 4 years later. Watch out for broken fingers.

Except from doing the vocal duties of Dimmu Borgir you also play the guitar and keyboards. I know that you also played drums on your debut album "För All Tid". Have you learned to play on your own or do you have some kind of formal training? Are any of the other members formally trained in their instruments?
I don’t think any of us have any official form of training, not of importance anyway. We’re all basically self-learned.

What are your top five bands/musicians of all time (does not have to be metal)?
Bands: W.A.S.P., Iron Maiden, Darkthrone, Judas Priest and Coroner. Musicians: Tommy Vetterli(Kreator, ex-Coroner), Kai Hansen(Gamma Ray), Klaus Schulze, Chris Holmes(W.A.S.P) and Yngwie Malmsteen.

What are your top five bands/musicians of all time (does not have to be metal)?
Bands: W.A.S.P., Iron Maiden, Darkthrone, Judas Priest and Coroner. Musicians: Tommy Vetterli(Kreator, ex-Coroner), Kai Hansen(Gamma Ray), Klaus Schulze, Chris Holmes(W.A.S.P) and Yngwie Malmsteen.

Any final words you would like everyone to read?
If the dogs are barking, then in the road we are! Horns goes out to all our dedicated fans and supporters worldwide, see ya on tour! – Silenoz, 2001


Links of interest:

Dimmu Borgir Official Site
Nuclear Blast