Dimmu Borgir have revealed the cover artwork and album title for their next effort, the follow-up to 2007's In Sorte Diaboli. The album will be called Abrahadabra. Its artwork was created by German artist Joachim Luetke (Kreator, Arch Enemy, Meshuggah) and was revealed step-by-step in 4 pieces during the last days. Abrahadabra 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.

The word "abrahadabra" (which roughly translates into "I will create as I speak") first publicly appeared in Chapter III of Liber AL vel Legis (commonly referred to as "The Book of the Law") written by Aleister Crowley in Cairo, Egypt in 1904.

Dimmu Borgir singer/songwriter Shagrath shares the following about the new album: "After eleven months of total focus, dedication and professional team work, Darkness has been reborn. Some people have expressed their concern about the future of the band since the departure of some members of the clan. Let me assure you that things happen for a reason. The black flame burns brighter than ever before. With the mixture of our different musical preferences and the personalities involved, I will dare to say we have created a BEAST, the most detailed work to date out of our 17 years of existence. I know it's too much of a cliché to brag when you have a done a new album, but to put it short and simple, it's a fist in the face to all the doubters out there. Forward - Onward - March... Enter the supreme unknown."

For the second time in the band's career (i.e. 1996's Stormblåst), a one-word album title breaks the tradition of a three-word album title for a new studio release dating back to Dimmu Borgir's 1994 debut, For All Tid.

Guitarist/songwriter Silenoz has this to say on the topic: "We knew there would be some big changes with this album in more than one way and since we've had the three-word-title tradition for many years now, we thought it'd make a lot of sense for us to move on from that. It has served its purpose. We are a band that's all about change and moving forward. An album title consisting of one word goes hand-in-hand with the new material it describes both the musical and lyrical content in a more imaginary way, not to mention the unity and the everlasting flame which is Dimmu Borgir. Expect the unexpected!"

When asked about the central figure in the artwork and who/what he's supposed to represent, artist Joachim Luetke responds: "I think that's obvious. Since the whole "setting" is located in an icy, bleak, winter-y, post-industrial era, we're pretty close to H.P. Lovecraft's nameless elder gods. They're represented by the mask's tentacles. In short: the mask/face personifies dominion of powers far beyond mankind. The nameless gods witnessed the birth of our universe and they'll watch it implode. To them, the age of mankind is but a blink of an eye."


Source: dimmu-borgir.com
Band profile: Dimmu Borgir
 
Posted: 11.07.2010 by Windrider



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@gent_-_orange - 11.07.2010 at 14:53  
Dont realy have high hopes for this .. but ill get it anway
Thryce - 11.07.2010 at 14:59  
The black flame burns brighter than ever before... which is why we'll tour with Korn.
vezzy - 11.07.2010 at 15:19  
Written by Thryce on 11.07.2010 at 14:59

The black flame burns brighter than ever before... which is why we'll tour with Korn.


This.

Bad title, bad cover art. But we shall see about the music.
!J.O.O.E.! - 11.07.2010 at 15:24  
Maybe they meant the black flame of ragga and funk, MON!

I think the cover art is pretty nice. At least it's not a fucking skull with bleeding snakes coiled around it.

Don't really care about the music, sure it'll be an expensive sounding synth-fest.
I_Die_Often - 11.07.2010 at 16:12  
Written by Thryce on 11.07.2010 at 14:59

The black flame burns brighter than ever before... which is why we'll tour with Korn.

Elyar S. - 11.07.2010 at 16:49  
Cool, it seems they are right about the big fist on someones face, lol
His Eminence - 11.07.2010 at 17:30  
The album name sounds really dumb to me. I might check it out. Hopefully it doesn't sound too much like the last one...
Zhao - 11.07.2010 at 17:33  
The black flame burns brighter than ever before.
Did they just steal a line from Rhapsody of Fire?
Elyar S. - 11.07.2010 at 17:38  
If they album name was dumb, why all of you interested in it? they dumbed you maybe
Vitriolic Hate - 11.07.2010 at 18:05  
Written by Zhao on 11.07.2010 at 17:33

The black flame burns brighter than ever before.
Did they just steal a line from Rhapsody of Fire?

or HammerFall?
corrupt - 11.07.2010 at 18:18  
Looks pretty cool. At least it follows the legacy of DCA and the re-issued Stormblast.

As for the title, they have never actually been propular for good album titles. I do miss the 3-word-nonsense times already
BitterCOld - 11.07.2010 at 18:20  
No, it was Rhapsody Of Cheese shortly following the lawsuit that made them tack "of Fire" on to their name. here.

probably won't pick up the new Rhapsody of Borgir album...
a MasT - 11.07.2010 at 19:08  
Written by Thryce on 11.07.2010 at 14:59

The black flame burns brighter than ever before... which is why we'll tour with Korn.

ya korn wtf
NaittsirK - 11.07.2010 at 19:46  
93 !!!
I just love thelemic influence in metal music
Opethian - 11.07.2010 at 20:26  
Sounds cool, IMO this album cover would look better if they brouhght back their original logo
Paradox0 - 11.07.2010 at 20:50  
" An album title consisting of one word goes hand-in-hand with the new material"

So we should expect a bland, simple, pseudo-intellectual album which tries to be dark and deep but is just another fish in the pond (let alone a dumbfish)
moe5512 - 11.07.2010 at 21:19  
Not too bad cover art... i think the album will sound great
Got Mayhem? - 11.07.2010 at 21:49  
Written by Paradox0 on 11.07.2010 at 20:50

" An album title consisting of one word goes hand-in-hand with the new material"

So we should expect a bland, simple, pseudo-intellectual album which tries to be dark and deep but is just another fish in the pond (let alone a dumbfish)



It's not often when you read such a long news update from a band and still have no clue whatsoever as to what's going on.
trendkill- - 11.07.2010 at 22:00  
Album name reminds me of harry potter.
Eddie Misery - 11.07.2010 at 23:11  
Lmao @ Harry Potter comment..haha

In Sorte Diaboli was little more than disappointment for me, and the video from that album was funny.

This would also be more exciting if not for the fact that they will be touring with Korn..haha...ahhhh... :/ ...that kills me a little bit inside. Not that I'm a huge Dimmu fan anyway, but surely there are any number of better bands (in the same genre no less) that they would be better suited to touring with??
DahliaRock - 12.07.2010 at 01:45  
It sucks that the album name reminds so much of Abracadabra, but needless to say, it sticks more because of that same reason. By the way, for people that straightaway diss it because, i think it does give the message that they are trying to give, that they are still strong and bla bla and all that bs which, hopefully, will be proven right when we listen to it.

oh, I bet Dimmu Borgir did google it, but nevertheless, good name and art =)
SatyriconChick - 12.07.2010 at 02:15  
I'm looking forward to seeing how this new album will sound. Hopefully it's better than In Sorte Diaboli - which I do like, but not as much as some of their older releases.
METAL! - 12.07.2010 at 06:37  
This is so cheesy it's unbelieveable. Sooo tired of shit like this.
Sleeping Dragon - 12.07.2010 at 08:51  
I actually find the album art to be rather good, or at least interesting.

As for the album title, it indeed does sound odd, but you certainly can't pre-judge the music content and quality based simply on that...

Apologies to relay the trite banality of "you can't judge a book by it's cover."

Black metal isn't my usual area of interest, but I'll check it out anyway.
Dark Blood - 12.07.2010 at 11:08  
"Expect the unexpected!"... I'm scared. but curious nonetheless. Let's see what they have in mind.
And yes.. the album title looks like a Harry Potter magic word... lol. The artwork is not bad though.
Heinosity - 12.07.2010 at 17:00  
Why is everyone bashing Dimmu Borgir? They are one of the best black metal bands in existance. In Sorte Diaboli was a good album. Definitely not their best, but still good. Oh well, it really doesn't matter anyway. Those of you that frequent this website don't exactly have great taste in metal music, and looking at ratings on the album charts on here proves that beyond the shadow of a doubt. Fuck you stupid people, you should die slowly from cancer of the rectum.
Elyar S. - 12.07.2010 at 17:19  
Written by Guest on 12.07.2010 at 17:00

Why is everyone bashing Dimmu Borgir? They are one of the best black metal bands in existance. In Sorte Diaboli was a good album. Definitely not their best, but still good. Oh well, it really doesn't matter anyway. Those of you that frequent this website don't exactly have great taste in metal music, and looking at ratings on the album charts on here proves that beyond the shadow of a doubt. Fuck you stupid people, you should die slowly from cancer of the rectum.

because they have really bad videos about Jesus and religionists cant take it, this is my opinion. and why they dont bash the other satanist bands? because they are not so popular as this one. take a look at Cradle of Filth, good or bad they cant take it too.
moe5512 - 12.07.2010 at 22:07  
Im also tired of hearing you people whining about dimmu. if you dont like them dont read their updates so we who are fans of dimmu can be allowed to be exciting about their future release without all the hate messages...
Malphas - 12.07.2010 at 22:07  
U r right about the religionists part but on the other hand no1 bashes them cuz they tell bullshit about satanists which isn't true so i don't get it why they just don't let it be and move on...

to get back on topic..i really like the artwork, i've seen better..but i've sen worse too lol, to sum it up...we'll see how it sounds cuz that's actually what this is all about, all we can do is w8 and hope.
Warman - 12.07.2010 at 22:42  
I'm curious to see how it will turn out without some members but I also have no expectations thanks to the last album.
nataliec - 12.07.2010 at 23:23  
Just saw this on FEARnet too.. Can't wait to get this album!
Sword_Chant - 13.07.2010 at 01:31  
We want something as good as Enthrone Darkness Triumphant album!!!! Not the same, but AS GOOD!!!!! I live in hope
Darkside Momo - 13.07.2010 at 01:40  
Written by Thryce on 11.07.2010 at 14:59

The black flame burns brighter than ever before... which is why we'll tour with Korn.

Shagrath said in an interview they did it for two reasons
1) touch more potential audience
2) piss off tr00 black metal fans
I like the second one, personnaly.

back on topic, their statements really sound more and more power metal. dark? whaddya mean?
Don_Doom - 13.07.2010 at 01:47  
I hope this be better than In sorte Diaboli...
Elyar S. - 13.07.2010 at 01:52  
Hope is a good thing at least
ANGEL REAPER - 14.07.2010 at 00:14  
Well when you dont have talented keyboard player you must play with philharmonic orcestra,wright?

as for cover artwork..it looks like something that jumped off from Power Rangers Era or WOW....
I just hope that they will do something more like first Stormblast and For All Tid...I'm tired of sinphy/In Sorte Diaboli crap..not that there wasn't good things,just I somehow don't like that much nonsense in so much nonsense... Get What I mean?
RavenKing - 14.07.2010 at 00:46  
Written by Sleeping Dragon on 12.07.2010 at 08:51

Black metal isn't my usual area of interest, but I'll check it out anyway.


No wonder if you like Dimmu Borgir but not Black Metal. Dimmu Borgir is not Black Metal.
It's melodic extreme(?) metal drowned under synths.
RavenKing - 14.07.2010 at 00:50  
Written by Guest on 12.07.2010 at 17:00

Why is everyone bashing Dimmu Borgir? They are one of the best black metal bands in existance.


First of all, they're not even Black Metal. They only try to look evil to appeal to pissed-off teenagers who don't know what BM really is.
DreadfulYgg - 14.07.2010 at 08:36  
They haven't really had interesting artwork since their first two albums. Based on the color scheme, it makes me think of another DCA. I'm still very curious to see how their sound has changed though, if at all.
vezzy - 14.07.2010 at 12:18  
Written by RavenKing on 14.07.2010 at 00:50

Written by Guest on 12.07.2010 at 17:00

Why is everyone bashing Dimmu Borgir? They are one of the best black metal bands in existance.


First of all, they're not even Black Metal. They only try to look evil to appeal to pissed-off teenagers who don't know what BM really is.


I have to agree with you on both counts. They're more commercial and polished.
Elyar S. - 14.07.2010 at 15:45  
Written by vezzy on 14.07.2010 at 12:18

Written by RavenKing on 14.07.2010 at 00:50

Written by Guest on 12.07.2010 at 17:00

Why is everyone bashing Dimmu Borgir? They are one of the best black metal bands in existance.


First of all, they're not even Black Metal. They only try to look evil to appeal to pissed-off teenagers who don't know what BM really is.


I have to agree with you on both counts. They're more commercial and polished.

you mean who is not BM is commercial? or who bitching about Jesus so frankly is commercial?
Elyar S. - 14.07.2010 at 15:46  
Written by vezzy on 14.07.2010 at 12:18

Written by RavenKing on 14.07.2010 at 00:50

Written by Guest on 12.07.2010 at 17:00

Why is everyone bashing Dimmu Borgir? They are one of the best black metal bands in existance.


First of all, they're not even Black Metal. They only try to look evil to appeal to pissed-off teenagers who don't know what BM really is.


I have to agree with you on both counts. They're more commercial and polished.

you mean who is not BM is commercial? or who bitching about Jesus so frankly is commercial?
vezzy - 14.07.2010 at 16:34  
Written by Elyar S. on 14.07.2010 at 15:45

Written by vezzy on 14.07.2010 at 12:18

Written by RavenKing on 14.07.2010 at 00:50

Written by Guest on 12.07.2010 at 17:00

Why is everyone bashing Dimmu Borgir? They are one of the best black metal bands in existance.


First of all, they're not even Black Metal. They only try to look evil to appeal to pissed-off teenagers who don't know what BM really is.


I have to agree with you on both counts. They're more commercial and polished.

you mean who is not BM is commercial? or who bitching about Jesus so frankly is commercial?


I mean, technically they ARE black metal, but not as distorted, dark and raw. It's kind of overproduced for the genre, too much symphonic elements, etc. Vocals are decent though.
moe5512 - 14.07.2010 at 23:19  
Cant you like a band if it is commercial and not black metal -.-
RavenKing - 18.07.2010 at 23:49  
The text of the announcement reminds me of the memorable (in the bad way) pile of cheese we read before Ov Hell released their first album. Looks like each time Shagrath is involved it turns into a laughable joke that makes extreme metal almost as cheesy as Euroflowermetal. Not to mention that the music completely sucks each time.
Bands like Dimmu Borgir and Cradle of Filth stand for everything that can turn wrong with extreme music.
EvigFokk - 25.07.2010 at 01:45  
I liked Dimmu's music up to Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia; Death Cult Armageddon just felt to me like a failed attempt to replicate what they did in PEM, and all their albums since then have just sounded formulaic and overpolished. I don't think a band can be blamed for being commercial because, after all, all bands are commercial, but it can be blamed for changing its sound in order to attract a mainstream audience. Which is why they're touring with Korn.

If they are trying to promote their new album to the average Korn and mainstream music listener, how likely is it that Abrahadabra is going to be something unique and dark and powerful? At a Korn concert Dimmu is going to play music Korn fans can understand, music I doubt will sound anything like Enthrone Darkness Triumphant or Stormblåst.

Let's face it, Dimmu Borgir is over and done with.
Doc Godin - 23.08.2010 at 04:27  
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Since the whole "setting" is located in an icy, bleak, winter-y, post-industrial era, we're pretty close to H.P. Lovecraft's nameless elder gods.


Such a unique setting. I never would have pictured this from a metal band.

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